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Shortwave America
October 21st, 2008 - That's the day Shortwave America was born. Several inspirations take responsibility for this now popular web publication coming to life, along with necessity being the mother of invention and the sharp mind of a seasoned writer in possession of a dream. Dan Hensley has been an avid lover of radio communications since he was young. His father and mother were both licensed in the radio service long ago, and his father moved on to amateur radio in the 80s. It was in the late 80s that Dan was exposed to commercial radio by Doug Zelden; otherwise known as "Rabbi Doug" who was his grade school teacher and also a semi-regular character on the "Kevin Matthews" show back when WLUP AM - 1000 was still on the air. Doug was responsible for introducing Dan to Kevin and the gang at AM 1000. Ed Tyll then noticed Dan and had him in the studio twice, and then as a regular guest during his late night show via telephone. In the early 2000's, John and Jeff of "The John & Jeff Show" got to work with Dan for a short while. It was December of 2006 when Dan got his FCC Technician license, then following up with his General Class License in 2008. Since that October day in 2008, Shortwave America has seen continued growth and has served the mission of keeping radio alive through station loggings, radio related observations, silliness and sarcasm. Mix all of this together with interviews of popular radio personalities, creative flow, ingenuity, hard work, devotion, and what you get is a recipe for success. In the past, Shortwave America has been featured twice on the longest running short-wave radio show known to mankind; "The Happy Station Show" which was revived by Keith Perron at PCJ Radio. Shortwave America also saw the following highlights in 2010: The creation of a Numbers Station Monitoring Resource that became popular with everyone at Enigma2000 and the Spooks List, a focus on Communications Freedom In Iran that saw Canadian radio host, Shabnam Assadollahi as both an interview subject and a special guest with her interview of Dr, Mehrdad Emadi who is the Senior Economic Adviser to the European Union. As part of that communications freedom focus, Shortwave America also interviewed Mehrdad Emadi and Homayoun Mobasseri of NEDA For A Free Iran. Pam Mark Hall, a popular Christian Contemporary Music Musician from long ago even promoted that three part series and became a fan of Shortwave America. There was a special focus on RadioReference in the context of their live audio feeds, a piece that went viral involving an 1800 foot tall radio tower climbing video, daily increasing international readership, and a piece that inspired a viral spoof of DXer's Unlimited host, Arnie Coro. Shortwave America has become popular with the users of a popular internet HF radio forum called HF Underground and its owner, Chris Smolinski; who also owns the Spy Numbers Database. Shortwave America has seen praise from the likes of Mr. Fahey who was responsible for uncovering and discovering the transponder used by the Chinese Government for operating what is known as "Firedrake" and then isolating the audio channels. That piece was done when it was publicized that the China Radio International Censor tape was publicly released. Other praise has been given by a veteran cryptographer, Pirate Radio Weekly, The Southgate Amateur Radio Club who featured Shortwave America in a piece about residents of Peoria, Illinois becoming upset about a ham who is building several towers in the area, Lisnews, and a list of other sources. An important piece for Shortwave America that contributed to its growing popularity was "History Of The California Repeater Wars - Part 1" that included audio captured directly by Dan during one of the more disgusting skirmishes on the W6NUT repeater in Los Angeles. During the production of this piece, WA6ITF of Amateur Radio NEWSLINE was interviewed and generously provided some information as part of the focus of that work. Shortwave America has become so wildly popular that it now has over fourty thousand loyal readers and has plans for an official website, and has opened an on-line product store. Shortwave America has added listening galleries that readers can use to listen to shortwave stations on-line and an amateur radio listening gallery. The first listening gallery is devoted entirely to Radio Netherlands Worldwide. All listening galleries are located at the top of the Shortwave America homepage. There is also a space for advertising and sponsors. Shortwave America plans continuous growth and the possible addition of an international liaison team to assist in language translation and relations with readers from across the world. Shortwave America is quickly becoming competitive with the most popular mainstream sites such as, RadioReference, hamisland, and will hopefully rival QRZ and E-Ham. In 2009, Keith Perron of PCJ Radio / PCJ Media, and Happy Station Show fame discovered Shortwave America and its Author, Dan Hensley. Dan is now a permanent part of the Media Network Plus broadcast team as their Radio Propagation Editor, and also performs other duties at PCJ / Media Network Plus.
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