Radio Alexandria currently uses the shortwave broadcast facilities of station WBCQ in Monticello, Maine in the USA. Now in the evaluation phase of development, if the project is found to have a substantial audience, funding will be sought to operate from a location in the central Pacific Ocean.
The reason for choosing a central Pacific location has to do with the physics of shortwave broadcasting. Unlike conventional AM or FM radio, a shortwave signal can travel thousands of miles by bouncing off a layer of charged particles in the atmosphere called the ionosphere. The signal may bounce between the earth (or sea) and the ionosphere multiple times before reaching an audience 5,000 or even 10,000 miles away.
Sea water to a shortwave signal is like a polished glass mirror compared to a very dirty windshield. It is one thousand times more reflective than ordinary earth. If you want to put a powerful radio signal into countries like China and Russia as well as North and South America using modest sized shortwave transmitters there is no better location than the central Pacific.
Radio Alexandria transmitters and studios will most likely be ship mounted to allow maximum security against severe natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis. It will not however be a 'pirate' station in the tradition of the pirate radio ships of the 1960s. Radio Alexandria anticipates obtaining a station license from one of the island nations to provide both a local 'tropical band' service to island residents and an international shortwave service to listeners around the world.
When fully operational Radio Alexandria will broadcast educational programs in English and other languages. The central Pacific provides an ideal location for broadcasting to North America and the nations of the Pacific Rim. Programming will be streamed live globally on the world wide web.