The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions,
and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world.
My 3 Books
I write, self publish and sell
books about touring
Where am I?
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Places I have been
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India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present
/ Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010
Sept 2007 to May 2008
Sept 2006 to Sept 2007
SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006
June 2003 to June 2004
AZ, Mexico, and
March 2002 to April 2003
How I started
The 5 years before I left
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Equipment Pages Index
How Much to Bring and Weight
Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
more about Sponsorship)
HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames
Steel Repair Myth.
and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs
Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets
How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground
Pots and Pans
Solar Power for Camp
Bike Touring Shorts
Bicycle touring lights
Pictures of Equipment Failures
all 3 book)
Shortwave Radios and Multi World Band
Radio Frequency Guide
This seems like the old high tech toy but it is one
of the most useful things that I carry. Without my portable
Shortwave radio bringing me news every day I would be clueless about
world news and information back in the USA.
I have read several books and websites about people who
have traveled throughout the world and there was one reoccurring topic - most had or
wanted a shortwave radio. It is a very practical thing, the shortwave radio
allows you to listen to news in English (or any other language) from anywhere in the
world. I have just bought my first Shortwave radio and it has as many buttons as the
camcorder. I am surprised by how complicated it is. It is just a radio after
all. No CD player or mp3 capabilities.
I kind of get
the idea of how it works but I believe that there is a lot more to it than I have
currently figured out. Hopefully, sooner or later, I will bump into someone that
will show me all of it. What I know now is limited. I am trying to find programs
that I can pick up clearly in my current location. I have a few favorites but
I am always looking for more clear stations. I think that I need a
good schedule. I had several good books about Shortwave radios and listening
schedules but I ran out of time before I left and never really got to study
them much. I wish that I had because as far as I can tell this makes
all of the difference. Now that I am on the road I am having a hard time finding information.
I would like to know of a good website that lists the schedules and possibly how to
use my radio better. I would also like to know what frequencies I should be trying
in order to receive good English news and other entertaining programs. Because of my
limited surfing time on the internet I have not been able to come up with much information
on my own. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone out there would
email me with any helpful information especially some good
programs to try out. Of course I need times and frequencies the most but any help or
advice would go a long way
Skywave Pocket AM/FM Weather Shortwave Radio
The C Crane Skywave pocket radio opens up a wide world
of radio with AM / FM, Weather + Alert, Shortwave and Aviation band. It has
an easy-to-use layout, great audio and a durable design for travel.
Grundig Mini 300 Shortwave Radio
Click to purchase.
At 4.7 ounces, here's a must-have radio for any outing! This
pocket-sized, but power-packed receiver plays AM, FM and seven shortwave bands.
Includes: batteries, ear buds, protective case, owner's manual and shortwave
listening guide. LCD screen displays all the information you need at a glance,
indicating radio band, frequency, time and alarm status. More than just a radio,
alarm function allows you to wake to your favorite station. Tune-in to the world
from wherever you are; large LCD screen and long telescoping antenna offer easy
tuning and great reception. Two AA batteries supply hours of use.
Grundig FR200 Emergency Shortwave Radio
Click to purchase.
This self-powered emergency radio will keep you informed and
entertained when a storm knocks out your power. No need to buy batteries! Simply
flip out the side hand-crank and give it a quick 60 turns for an hour of
battery-free listening. Built-in emergency light is also powered by the
rechargeable hand-crank battery. Four-band tuning features FM/AM and two
shortwave options (3.2 - 7.6 MHz and 9.2 - 22.0 MHz). Analog tuning features a
separate fine-tune dial to zero-in on a finicky signal. Telescoping antenna for
SW/FM reception; internal antenna for AM reception. Comes with a durable nylon
case with shoulder strap. Will also operate on three AA batteries, not included.
Below are some notes that I have taken on programs but most of these frequencies no
longer work for me.
BBC World News for Salta, Argentina (Local
06:00 - 09:00 @ 15190
08:00 - 11:00 @ 17790
18:00 - 21:00 @ 12095
21:00 - 00:00 @ 12095 & 9825
VOA for South America has a lot less programming
21:00 - 23:00 @ 5995, 6130, 7405, 9455, 9775, 11695 and 13790
(you lose the last 3 stations after 22:30)
Two Commercial Stations that broadcast via shortwave from the USA:
WRMI - Radio Miami (English & Spanish) @ 7385, 9955 and 15725
WBCQ - The Planet @ 5105, 7415, 9330 and 17495
The link shown below will let you search by Program Type and Day, I know you
don't have very good Internet connections so a search will be difficult. If
you will tell me what kind of programming your looking for I can do some
searches for you.
Tips & Advice
Tools and Spares
Pots and Pans
Preventing Flat Tires
Bike Touring Shorts
Have Learned On The Road
Injustice of Poverty
Much MORE Gear Here!
Cycle Touring Racks
Tents and ground