How to Build a Shortwave Radio Transmitter: Step-by-Step Instructions

When survival expert and survivalist, James Wesley Rawles, wrote his book “How to Survive the End of the World,” he advised readers to own a shortwave radio. But what if you don’t know how to build one? This article will show you step-by-step instructions on how to build a shortwave radio transmitter!

Why Build a Shortwave Radio Transmitter?

A shortwave radio is one of the best survival tools when SHTF. They’re inexpensive, easy to use, and can give you access to information after society collapses or in a natural disaster. Shortwave radio stations have been around for nearly 100 years. If anything ever happened, these shortwave radios would still be able to pick up broadcasts from places all over the world!

How do they work?

A transmitter converts sound waves into electrical energy that is transmitted through an antenna so it can travel long distances via electromagnetic radiation (radio wave). When this signal reaches another receiver within range of the original transmitter’s transmission power, it will convert back into sound signals that then play on speakers or headphones. This is how you get your survival news even if the power grid is destroyed.

What do I need to build a shortwave radio transmitter?

You will need an electrical device, such as a battery or solar panel; alligator clips for connections; wire that can transmit electricity from the electrical source into the circuit board of your survival radio kit (you may have one if you already own a survival radio); and then solder to connect pieces together inside the circuit board. You’ll also want headphones so you can listen in on any broadcast messages! If you don’t have these items at home, they are easy to find at hardware stores like Home Depot or Walmart.

How much does it cost?

You can do it without spending a ton of money, in fact it is possible to buy everything to build your shortwave radio transmitter for less than $25 – definitely worth every penny when SHTF!

How long does it take?

Building your survival radio should only take about 30 minutes. The time it takes to create the shortwave radio transmitter depends on how complex the circuit is that you need to build. If you already have survival knowledge or can follow instructions well, then this project will go by much faster! You’ll want to invest some extra money in good speakers for better sound quality and headphones so you don’t disturb anyone else while trying to listen for broadcasts at night after SHTF.

What do You Need?

The first thing you’ll need to do is gather all of the survival equipment and parts that you will need for this project. Depending on how complicated your survival radio circuit board is, it could be difficult finding some survival supplies in stores after everything has fallen apart. So make sure to keep a list ready so when SHTF (and life as you knew it changed), you can quickly get what you need!

What You Need:

  • – A battery or solar panel with alligator clips attached. Make sure they are strong enough to send electricity through your circuit board, which is usually about six volts for easy building purposes
  • – Wire that will connect the electrical current from your source into the circuit board
  • – Solder to attach pieces together inside the circuit board through which electricity will pass
  • – Headphones for listening, or speakers if you prefer louder sound quality during building

Steps to Build Your Radio Transmitter:

  1. – Get all of the parts together and make sure they work by testing them before building anything else. If you don’t have a circuit board, building your radio will be much harder.
  2. – Connect the wire from alligator clips to battery or solar panel
  3. – Solder together pieces of electrical wires on one end of the circuit board where there is space for them
  4. – Connect another wire to the opposite end of the circuit board where there is space for it
  5. – Attach speakers or headphones through which you can listen in on any broadcasts that are being transmitted via shortwave radio signal. Make sure they are close by because this part of building your transmitter will take a while!

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