As noted before, there is a mix. Back when I was more serious as an SWL (late 1960s) I had QSL cards from a number of international broadcasters. Mostly government propaganda outlets. I had a special QSL card from Radio Nederland. Their main studios were in Hilversum, Holland, but I caught their new relay station in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles in its first 10 days of operation. Pure luck on my part. Radio Moscow, Radio Havana, Radio China were all easy. So was Radio RSA (Johannesburg, South Africa). Heck, I remember tuning into it from the Bay Area with a current probe around a power cable when performing a TEMPEST test on a communications hut while working for the Navy. Probably the 31 meter broadcast band, IIRC. Ham radio still is great. You never know who might be on the other end. Problems with neighbors oftentimes are only in their heads. The conventional wisdom is to put up your tower (I wish) and antenna, solve all the interference complaints, then hook up a radio and get on the air. A friend in California several decades ago had one better. He put up his tower and a neighbor came over to complain of interference. My friend pointed out that he hadn't even installed an antenna. The neighbor went home, rather red in the face, and never said another word. I had a neighbor ask if my ham rig might be causing the pair of lines of interference on his TV (this was back in the analog TV days). I pointed out that I had the same problem, and that it was time for us to call PG&E and have them clean the insulators on the medium voltage distribution lines down our back fences. No problems after that. WWV and WWVH are very useful time and frequency standard stations. WWVB runs at 60 kHz and is the station that your automatic setting watches and clocks use. The 31 meter international broadcast band (around 9.5 MHz) was also a hotbed for me "back in the day". Give it a try, as well.