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  1. medium wavenoun

    a radio wave with a wavelength between 100 and 1000 meters (a frequency between 300 kilohertz and 3000 kilohertz)


  1. Medium wave

    Medium wave (MW) is the part of the medium frequency (MF) radio band used mainly for AM radio broadcasting. The spectrum provides about 120 channels with more limited sound quality than FM stations on the FM broadcast band. During the daytime, reception is usually limited to more local stations, though this is dependent on the signal conditions and quality of radio receiver used. Improved signal propagation at night allows the reception of much longer distance signals (within a range of about 2,000 km or 1,200 miles). This can cause increased interference because on most channels multiple transmitters operate simultaneously worldwide. In addition, amplitude modulation (AM) is often more prone to interference by various electronic devices, especially power supplies and computers. Strong transmitters cover larger areas than on the FM broadcast band but require more energy and longer antennas. Digital modes are possible but have not reached momentum yet. MW was the main radio band for broadcasting from the beginnings in the 1920s into the 1950s until FM with a better sound quality took over. In Europe, digital radio is gaining popularity and offers AM stations the chance to switch over if no frequency in the FM band is available, (however digital radio still has coverage issues in many parts of Europe). Many countries in Europe have switched off or limited their MW transmitters since the 2010s. The term is a historic one, dating from the early 20th century, when the radio spectrum was divided on the basis of the wavelength of the waves into long wave (LW), medium wave, and short wave (SW) radio bands.


  1. medium wave

    Medium wave is a category of radio frequencies typically used for AM (amplitude modulation) radio broadcasting. It lies between the longwave and shortwave radio bands, with frequencies ranging from about 300 kHz to 3000 kHz or 3 MHz. The term "medium" refers to the wavelength of these frequencies, which range approximately from 100 m to 1 km. These waves are also known for their ability to cover long distances, especially at night.


  1. Medium wave

    Medium wave is the part of the medium frequency radio band used mainly for AM radio broadcasting. For Europe the MW band ranges from 526.5 kHz to 1606.5 kHz and in North America an extended MW broadcast band goes from 535 kHz to 1705 kHz.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of medium wave in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of medium wave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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