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A shortwave radio receiver is a radio receiver that can receive one or more shortwave bands , between 1. A shortwave radio receiver often receives other broadcast bands , such as FM radio , Longwave and Mediumwave. Shortwave radio receivers are often used by dedicated hobbyists called shortwave listeners. While home built shortwave receivers had been used by amateur radio operators and radio experimenters prior to World War I ,   the first time shortwave radio reception was available to the general public was through the use of shortwave frequency converters sold as accessories to broadcast-band radio sets during the mid s.