I just finished a full alignment of my Kenwood R-2000 receiver and tonight I am treated with the pleasing tones of “Jazz from the Left,” on WRMI. Jazz from the left means the west coast sound,
aka Smooth Jazz as I am given to understand. I spent some time on the west coast and beyond. I have fond memories of those years.
It is amazing to me still, that a simple AM receiver demodulating +/- 4.5 Khz audio bandwidth from 1,057 miles (1701 km) away can sound that good. That is being received directly; no Internet Service Provider, no satellite service, just a transmitter, and a receiver.
There is an art to all this, which is being forgotten. A few minutes with a manual, a volt meter, a tone generator, and a non-conductive screwdriver can bring something that was neglected back to life sounding as good as the day it left the factory 35 years ago. Try that with your very expensive iPhone 10,000,000x! Of course, you will need those tiny pentalobe tools to get the screws out. Apple would rather you return your expensive i device to their expensive i store so that their i geniuses can fix it for you.
I don’t know, maybe I am an old fart. Perhaps the right to repair the appliances that I purchased and therefore should own is an old-fashioned point of view. After all, all of these corporations have my best interests at heart, right?
I recommend you support your not-so-local shortwave stations by listening to and supporting their programmers. Even in 2021, there are still many shortwave broadcasts that are worth listening to!