The NASB 2012 Shortwave Survey; International vs Spanish Responses
Domestic Responses; n=1405 Spanish Responses; n=170
Q1. How many shortwave-capable receivers do you own?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
None 1.1% 16 1.2% 2
One 13.3% 186 19.2% 32
Two 22.5% 314 19.2% 32
Three or more 63.4% 886 61.1% 102
answered question 1398 answered question 167
skipped question 7 skipped question 3
Q2.  Data Unavailable
Q3. For how long have you been a shortwave radio listener?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Less than 1 year 3.3% 46 3.0% 5
1-5 years 7.5% 105 9.0% 15
5-10 years 6.8% 95 5.4% 9
More than 10 years 82.9% 1156 82.6% 138
answered question 1395 answered question 167
skipped question 10 skipped question 3
Q4. When was the last time you listened to a shortwave radio broadcast (not via Internet)?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Yesterday 67.8% 940 72.2% 117
In the last 7 days 21.3% 296 17.9% 29
In the last month 6.1% 84 4.9% 8
In the last 12 months 5.6% 78 4.9% 8
answered question 1387 answered question 162
skipped question 18 skipped question 8
Q5. If you listen to shortwave radio at least once a week, approximately how many hours per week do you listen?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Less than 1 hour/week 8.5% 113 8.6% 14
1-3 hours/week 33.1% 442 32.5% 53
4-7 hours/week 28.1% 375 23.9% 39
More than 7 hours per week 31.2% 417 35.6% 58
answered question 1336 answered question 163
skipped question 69 skipped question 7
Q6. When did you last purchase a shortwave receiver?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Within the last year 36.4% 503 46.7% 77
1-5 years ago 39.6% 548 33.9% 56
greater than 5 years ago. 24.7% 342 20.0% 33
answered question 1383 answered question 165
skipped question 22 skipped question 5
Q7. How did you obtain your primary receiver?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Purchased new 75.0% 1041 77.1% 128
Purchased used 18.6% 258 20.5% 34
Received as a gift? 7.9% 109 7.8% 13
answered question 1388 answered question 166
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Q8. If you purchased your receiver new, was it purchased from:
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
A national chain store (in person) 14.2% 162 45.6% 67
A radio/electronics specialty store (in person) 41.2% 471 19.7% 29
Via mail order (internet or postal order) 46.9% 537 38.8% 57
answered question 1144 answered question 147
skipped question 261 skipped question 23
Q9. Are you planning to purchase a shortwave receiver in the next year?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Yes 44.6% 616 58.7% 98
No 55.5% 766 41.3% 69
answered question 1380 answered question 167
skipped question 25 skipped question 3
Q10. If you travel internationally, do you carry a shortwave receiver with you?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
yes 70.4% 880 80.9% 127
no 29.6% 370 19.1% 30
answered question 1250 answered question 157
skipped question 155 skipped question 13
Q11. Are you a licensed amateur radio operator?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
yes 42.0% 584 28.5% 47
no 58.0% 805 71.5% 118
answered question 1389 answered question 165
skipped question 16 skipped question 5
Q12. How much did your primary shortwave receiver originally cost (retail cost; not necessarily how much you paid for it)?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Less than US$100 15.9% 221 28.5% 47
US$100-US$500 47.4% 657 57.0% 94
More than US$500 37.3% 517 14.5% 24
answered question 1386 answered question 165
skipped question 19 skipped question 5
Q13. Which are the five shortwave broadcast stations that you listen to most often?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
-1 100.0% 1257 100.0% 165
-2 94.2% 1184 98.8% 163
-3 88.9% 1118 97.6% 161
-4 79.5% 999 94.5% 156
-5 71.9% 904 91.5% 151
answered question 1257 answered question 165
skipped question 148 skipped question 5
Q14. What program types do you regularly listen to on shortwave radio (Check all that apply.):
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
News/Current Events 92.5% 1285 92.2% 153
Cultural/educational 60.0% 834 63.3% 105
Music 49.4% 686 40.4% 67
Sports 12.2% 170 18.1% 30
Religious (any faith) 25.8% 359 13.9% 23
Shortwave hobby (DXing) programs 70.7% 982 79.5% 132
answered question 1389 answered question 166
skipped question 16 skipped question 4
Q15. In which languages do you listen to shortwave radio broadcasting?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
-1 100.0% 1352 100.0% 160
-2 51.2% 692 62.5% 100
-3 29.0% 392 50.6% 81
-4 13.4% 181 21.3% 34
-5 7.5% 101 23.1% 37
answered question 1352 answered question 160
skipped question 53 skipped question 10
Q16. Do you regularly (at least once a week) listen to any international broadcasts via other media? (Check all that apply.):
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Internet (audio streaming or on-demand audio via a computer) 43.4% 598 51.2% 83
Internet radio receiver 11.5% 159 19.1% 31
Rebroadcasts on local AM or FM radio stations 19.6% 270 25.3% 41
Satellite radio 11.0% 152 7.4% 12
None 41.0% 565 29.0% 47
answered question 1378 answered question 162
skipped question 27 skipped question 8
Q17. Do you regularly listen to any international stations' programming on portable devices (other than a radio)? (Check device used)
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Mobile phone 7.1% 96 9.0% 14
MP3 player 11.6% 157 11.5% 18
None 83.6% 1129 82.1% 128
answered question 1350 answered question 156
skipped question 55 skipped question 14
Q18. Are you familiar with the term DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale)?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Yes 76.2% 1049 88.5% 146
No 23.8% 327 11.5% 19
answered question 1376 answered question 165
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Q19. Do you listen to shortwave radio transmissions in DRM format?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Yes 12.3% 168 5.6% 9
No 87.7% 1201 94.4% 151
answered question 1369 answered question 160
skipped question 36 skipped question 10
Q20. How much would you be willing to pay for a DRM-capable radio receiver should they come on the market?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Less than US$100 38.9% 492 46.8% 73
US$100-US$300 52.9% 669 44.2% 69
More than US$300 9.6% 122 10.9% 17
answered question 1265 answered question 156
skipped question 140 skipped question 14
Q21. How do you obtain shortwave listening information? (Check all that apply)
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Internet 87.9% 1218 88.4% 145
Shortwave magazines or annual indices (WRTH, Passport to Worldband Radio, etc.) 61.1% 847 60.4% 99
DXing programs 51.3% 711 85.4% 140
answered question 1386 answered question 164
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Q22.  Data unavailable
Q23. Do you belong to a shortwave DXing club or association?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
yes 31.7% 436 48.8% 80
no 68.5% 943 51.2% 84
answered question 1377 answered question 164
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Q24. Do you collect shortwave reception verification letters or QSL cards?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
yes 48.6% 673 75.4% 126
no 51.4% 713 24.6% 41
answered question 1386 answered question 167
skipped question 19 skipped question 3
Q25. What is your age?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
60+ 26.0% 362 13.2% 22
50-60 31.8% 442 29.9% 50
40-49 24.5% 341 34.7% 58
30-39 11.6% 162 11.4% 19
20-29 4.8% 67 9.6% 16
Under 20 1.4% 20 1.8% 3
answered question 1391 answered question 167
skipped question 14 skipped question 3
Q26. What is your annual household income?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Less than US$10,000 9.1% 126 0.0% 0
US$10,000-25,000 12.5% 173 0.0% 0
US$25,000-50,000 16.2% 224 0.0% 0
US$50,000-100,000 23.6% 325 100.0% 1
Greater than US$100,000 11.4% 158 0.0% 0
I prefer not to answer. 27.5% 380 0.0% 0
answered question 1380 answered question 1
skipped question 25 skipped question 169
Q27. What is your gender?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
Male 97.7% 1347 98.2% 162
Female 2.5% 35 1.8% 3
answered question 1379 answered question 165
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Q28. What is your highest level of education attained?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Percent Response Count
College or university 75.2% 1039 75.3% 125
High school 22.9% 317 21.7% 36
Elementary school 2.2% 30 4.8% 8
Less than elementary school 0.2% 3 0.0% 0
answered question 1382 answered question 166
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Q29. Where do you live?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
North America 61.3% 854 México 16.80% 28
Latin America (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, South America) 4.9% 69 Centroamérica 3.60% 6
Europe 23.4% 326 Caribe 2.40% 4
Africa 0.8% 11 Sudamérica 43.70% 73
Asia 6.8% 95 Norteamérica (EEUU o Canadá) 6.00% 10
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean) 3.4% 48 Europa 26.90% 45
answered question 1394 Africa 1.20% 2
skipped question 11 Asia 0.60% 1
Oceanía (Australia, Nueva Zelandia, Océano Pacífico) 0.00% 0
answered question 167
skipped question 3
Q30. How did you hear about this survey?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Response Count
Through NASB website 20.1% 276 159
Through another website 56.8% 781 159
Through SW publication 19.8% 273 11
Friend or family member 5.7% 78
answered question 1376
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Q31. To thank you for answering our survey, we would like to offer you a free subscription to our NASB Newsletter with shortwave-related news distributed by e-mail several times each year.  If you would like to be placed on the subscription list, please fill in your e-mail address.  If you do not want to be placed on the subscription list, please enter anonNASB@gmail.com and your survey response will be accepted.
Answer Options Response Count
1405
answered question 1405
skipped question 0