npr edvertisers
visitors movie times

Santa Barbara Weather: 40.8°F | Humidity: 82% | Pressure: 29.99in (Rising) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 0.0mph [see map]

Free Newsletter
  login You create the news! Send items of interest to ed@edhat.com
    17842 Subscribers
      529 Paid (3.0%)
     1 Commenters
     23712 Page Views

Buy Edhat Shirts
Buy Edhat Shirts
Buy Edhat Bags
Buy Edhat Bags
Advertise on Edhat
Advertise on Edhat
Buy Edhat Hats
Buy Edhat Hats
News Events Referrals Deals Classifieds Comments About

more articles like this

Record Audio from Shortwave Radio
updated: May 28, 2014, 8:30 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

It turns out that home recording technology available in the 1960s has not kept up with modern times, making it now virtually impossible to record directly off the radio.

In the olden days, one simply connected a reel-to-reel or cassette recorder to one's radio via either an audio output or earphone jack and everyone was happy. Not anymore. The technology no longer exists.

I want to record directly from the earphone jack of my newish Danish-built shortwave radio. I'd like to do this in an MP3 digital format that I could download to my iPod. I've peripherally researched this online and I could buy a recorder with a built-in FM radio from which I could record, but nothing that will allow me to record directly from my shortwave. A handheld voice recorder isn't an option, due to ambient noise. The one thing I DO NOT WANT is getting my computer involved in any way shape or form, other than to maybe download my recorded product to iTunes and thence to my iPod.

Are there any radio buffs out there who have any ideas? The people at Best Buy, Fry's Electronics and Radio Shack are as in the dark as I am. I'd even settle for a way to copy what I want onto CDs.

Thank you for any suggestions.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 JUKINJAY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-28 11:17 PM

Many MP3 handheld voice recorders have a jack for an external microphone or signal source. Here's one for about $50, Sony ICDPX333. http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=icdpx333 You may need an attenuator cable to reduce the level from the earphone jack to be closer to that from a microphone for best fidelity. Something like this from Rat Shack: www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103841


 COMMENT 523072 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 06:12 AM

If your computer isn't involved, how do you plan to transfer the files to your ipod?


 COMMENT 523084P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 06:56 AM

072: Third paragraph, second half of last sentence.


 COMMENT 523098 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 07:31 AM

I am guessing that the shortwave signal is analog while the recorder is digital. A converter may be necessary.


 COMMENT 523111 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 08:05 AM

If the OP has an iPod Touch, or certain other recent iPod models, they can get a particular cable and plug one end into the radio's earphone jack and the other into the iPod's earphone jack (which is actually a combo microphone/stereo earphone jack the same as on an iPhone or iPad). Once the proper connection is made,there is crude software on the i device to to the recording. Or download something better from the app store.

Wanting to use an iPod with limited software but shunning a computer with essentially unlimited possibilities seems weird to me, but hey - whatever floats your boat.


 COMMENT 523121P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 08:24 AM

For a dedicated recorder, drop by Instrumental Music on State St. for suggestions. For online shopping try bhphotovideo.com or musiciansfriend.com or sweetwater.com for help a wide array of options. There are also smartphone apps available as 111 suggests.


 COMMENT 523163 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 09:58 AM

Au contraire! This is very easy to do if you have a desktop, perhaps a laptop if it isn't crippled, computer. On the back of the computer is a "line in" 1/8" (3.5mm) jack, usually a powder puff blue color. Your radio should have some sort of output jack, usually headphone. Connect the radio output jack to the computer line in jack with an appropriate cable. You need a computer program to record the data. Audacity (Mac & Windoze) is a free audio editing program that allows you to record audio and you can save the data out in any format you want, including MP3.

You can also buy dedicated audio recorders for under $100.


 COMMENT 523171 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 10:08 AM

You need a Danish to English converter. Available at your local Radio Shack, or pastry store.


 COMMENT 523253 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 12:07 PM

Long story short, a direct cable connection from your vintage radio to a recording device or a computer is not a good idea. Due to how the power supplies are designed in older gear, you can fry the device you connecting the radio to.

If you know a Ham Radio guy or gal (SBARC) they should be able to hook up up (sorry for the pun) with a cable that includes a 1:1 isolation transformer. Also, you can call Ham Radio Outlet and explain what you want (a transformer isolated audio cable) and see if they have one.


 COMMENT 523292 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-29 12:43 PM

Try the local hackerspace - quite a few of them are hams, plus they have electronics bits and pieces for modifications.
SBhackerspace - 158 Aero Camino Ste. D Goleta
They have open hours on Saturdays from 2pm on.


30% of comments on this page were made by Edhat Community Members.



Add Your Comments

Edhat Username



Don't have an Account?

Don't know if you have an account?

Don't remember your account info?


ENJOY HAPPY HOUR! ... Between 4:00pm & 5:00pm only happy comment are allowed on the Edhat Comments Board.

If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.

Hide Your Handle, but show paid status (paid subscribers only)
NEW - use verified name and picture (contact ed@edhat.com to be verified)
Find out About Becoming A Paid Subscriber
NOTE: We are testing a new Comment Preview Page. You must hit OK on the next page to have your comment go live. Send Feedback to ed@edhat.com.

get a handle   |  lost handle




  See more articles like this

# # # #


Send To a Friend
Your Email
Friend's Email

Top of Page | Old News Archives | Printer-Friendly Page

  Home Subscribe FAQ Jobs Contact copyright © 2003-2015  
Edhat, Inc.