The Spectrum Monitor is edited and published by Ken Reitz KS4ZR, former managing editor, features editor, columnist and feature writer for Monitoring Times. Former feature writer and columnist for Satellite Times, Satellite Entertainment Guide, Satellite Orbit, Dish Entertainment Guide, Direct Guide; contributing editor on personal electronics for Consumers Digest. Author of the Kindle e-books “How to Listen to the World” and “Profiles in Amateur  Radio.” e-mail:

The Spectrum Monitor  Writers’ Group consists of former columnists, editors and writers for Monitoring Times and Popular Communications. Below, in alphabetical order, are the columnists, their amateur radio call signs, the name of their column in The Spectrum Monitor and a brief bio.

Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF, “Amateur Radio Satellites”

Past president and treasurer of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). Freelance writer and photographer on amateur space telecommunications since 1993. Columnist and feature writer for Monitoring Times, The Canadian Amateur and the AMSAT Journal.

Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY, “The Longwave Zone”

Reporting on radio’s lower extremes, where wavelengths can be measured in miles, and extending to the start of the AM broadcast band. Since 1991, editor of “Below 500 kHz” column for Monitoring Times. Author of “Listening to Longwave” and his CD, “VLF RADIO!,” a narrated tour of the longwave band from 0 to 530 kHz, with actual recordings of longwave stations. 

Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU “Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze”

Author of the Monitoring Times “Digital Digest” column since 1997, which follows the habits o f embassies, aid organizations, intelligence and military HF users, the digital data systems they use, and how to decode, breakdown and identify their traffic. 

Dan Farber AC0LW, “Antenna Connections”

Monitoring Times antenna columnist 2009-2013. Building ham and SWL antennas for over 40 years.

Richard Fisher KI6SN

A veteran journalist with a 35-year career in daily newspapers, and an amateur radio operator living in Riverside, California, Richard has been an editor and writer for Popular Communications, WorldRadio Online, and CQ Amateur Radio magazines. Among his previous responsibilities have been the monthly “Emergency Communications,” “Trail-Friendly Radio” and “Easy Does It” columns for CQ, and has written for several QRP publications, including QRP Quarterly and QRPp magazine. An avid homebrewer, he is a co-founder of The Adventure Radio Society. 

Tomas Hood NW7US, “Radio Propagation”

Tomas first discovered radio propagation in the early 1970s as a SWL. In the Army Signal Corps in 1985, he honed his skills in communications, operating and training fellow soldiers. An Extra Class operator since 1990, Tomas enjoys CW and digital modes on all HF bands. He is a contributing editor to CQ Amateur Radio, the former Popular Communications and CQ VHF magazines, an ARRL publication on QRP communications, and Monitoring Times

Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z, “Amateur Radio Insight”

Amateur radio operator since 1977 at age 15. Author of “Stealth Amateur Radio.” Former editor, “ARRL Handbook,” former QST magazine assistant managing editor, columnist and feature writer for several radio-related magazines, technical editor for “Ham Radio for Dummies,” wrote “On the Ham Bands” column and numerous feature articles for Monitoring Times  since 2009. 

Stan Nelson KB5VL, “Amateur Radio Astronomy”

Amateur radio operator since 1960. Retired after 40-plus years involved in mobile communications/electronics/computers/automation. Active in radio astronomy for over twenty years, specializing in meteor monitoring. He wrote the “Amateur Radio Astronomy” column for Monitoring Times since 2010. A member of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA). 

Chris Parris, “Federal Wavelengths”

Broadcast television engineer, avid scanner and shortwave listener, freelance writer on federal radio communications since 2004, wrote the “Fed Files” column for Monitoring Times

Rich Post KB8TAD, “Adventures in Radio Restorations”

As a teenager Rich Post repaired radios and TV sets. He passed the exam for a First Class FCC license when he was told he needed one to repair his CB. He later received his amateur radio license as KB8TAD. Rich now holds a University Emeritus title having retired from Ohio University as Assistant Dean and Director of the Instructional Media and Technology Services. One of his hobbies is collecting and restoring “boat anchors.”

Tony Roper, “Military Air and Naval Reception”

A Civil Air Traffic Controller in the UK as well as previously being in ATC in the Royal Air Force, totaling 25 years experience. He has worked as a part-time aviation photographer/writer and has been published worldwide. He also provides photos and research for IHS Jane’s, principally Jane’s Fighting Ships.

Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV, “Digitally Speaking”

First licensed as a Novice over 40 years ago, he enjoys exploring various facets of amateur radio, from the latest state of the art technologies, to the elegant simplicity found with a one-tube transmitter and straight key. He has an extensive background with computers and likes to restore 8, 12 and 16-bit classics from the 1970s. He owns a television production company and creates series programming, as well as marketing and training videos. 

Hugh Stegman NV6H, “Utility Planet”

Longtime DXer and writer on non-broadcast shortwave utility radio. Former “Utility World” columnist for Monitoring Times magazine for more than ten years.

Dan Veeneman, “Scanning America”

Software developer and satellite communications engineer writing about scanners and public service radio reception for Monitoring Times for 17 years. 

Ron Walsh VE3GO, “Maritime Monitoring”

Retired career teacher, former president of the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (now the Radio Amateurs of Canada), retired ship’s officer, licensed captain, “Boats” columnist and maritime feature writer for Monitoring Times for eight years. Avid photographer of ships and race cars. 

Fred Waterer, “The Shortwave Listener”

Former “Programming Spotlight” columnist for Monitoring Times. Radio addict since 1969, freelance columnist since 1986. Fascinated by radio programming and history. 

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