February 2014 Issue

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February 2014 Contents

Feature Articles

Australian Rules Radio: Communications History Down Under

By David Maddison

     Spanning a continent roughly the size of the U.S., but with a fraction of the population, Australia has always had a need for communications. From Aborigines who carried “message sticks” across vast reaches of the land, to high-tech deep-space listening projects and a nationwide network of UHF CB repeaters, communications Down Under have a distinctly Australian accent.

The CubeSat Revolution: The Birth of a New Space Industry

By Keith Baker KB1SF / VA3KSF

     Begun in 1999 with students and staff at California Polytechnic State University (Cal-Poly), the concept of the CubeSat was born. Small in stature, but big in educational dividends, throughout the ensuing fifteen years many budding engineers cut their near-space teeth on these little devices. To date, dozens of CubeSats have provided interesting monitoring opportunities for the rest of us.

Weathering the Storm: Amateur Radio in the Classroom

By Troy J. Simpson W9KVR

     Now in his sixth year of amateur radio operations at the school where he teaches Earth Science, Troy has seen some highs and some lows. The W9GRS station at Glenn Raymond Middle School in Watseka, Illinois presents the veteran teacher with challenges in guiding his students and his young amateur radio operators along the path to adulthood.

Chasing HF Pirates

By Andew Yoder

     For decades a group of dedicated individuals have livened up the otherwise little-used frequencies around 6925 kHz to provide raucous, irreverent, satirical, controversial and strictly illegal programming. Longtime HF pirate monitor, Andrew Yoder, who has written four editions of the “Pirate Radio Annual,” explains the method of their radio madness.


February 2014 Columns

Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Researching Local Public Service Radio Systems

Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Coast Guard Communications Systems

 Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

Australias MHFCS Soundings Heard in Europe

Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz: the Conclusion

Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

ARRL Turns 100 and Crazy Propagation

Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Wireless Internet and Wi-Fi Radios

Understanding Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Propagation and Shortwave Listening

The World of Shortwave Listening

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

Tune in to Pirate Shortwave Broadcasts

The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Canadian SW, KBC and Radio Australia

Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Meteor Detection in the 21st Century

The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

One More Look Back

Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Marc Ellis N9EWJ

Becoming a Radio Amateur in 1920

The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

LPFM Land-Rush

Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

The Black Box Decoded: How Tuners Work

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