From HF Underground
A shortwave listener (SWL) is a person who engages in the hobby of listening to shortwave radio. There are many different types of SWLs across the world, and SWLs vary widely among what they listen to, be it international broadcasters, amateur radio transmissions, utility, military and spy numbers stations, or pirate radio broadcasts.
- White, male, and middle-aged
- Somewhat buzzardly
- Interested in eclectic, specialized, and/or highly technical subjects
Of course, there are exceptions to this stereotype. For example, SWLs are just as likely to be non-conformist Fookin' sclhobs as they are to be radio engineers working for big corporations, or even anomalous personalities such as Al Fansome.