April 2017

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Going Portable with Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Low solar cycle productivity and plummeting propagation got you down? Keith tells us that the sky’s the limit when you start operating the amateur radio satellites. It’s a low-power mode that is also versatile. But, don’t worry, working the AMSATs doesn’t require a lot of room at home, can be fairly inexpensive to set up and you can take this part of the hobby on the road too!


Community Emergency Response Teams: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

By Alan M Vigeant N6HPO

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a nationwide volunteer program supported by FEMA that educates people about disaster preparedness for natural and man-made hazards that may impact their lives when least expected. CERT classes are offered free to the public and go hand in hand with amateur radio training. Alan tells us how effective CERT is and how we can all help.


Outernet Update: Free, One-Way Internet Now Via L-Band Satellite

By Kenneth Barbi

Outernet is the low cost, one-way Internet service that delivers radio and news feeds to nearly the entire planet for free via L-band satellite. Designed to meet the minimal needs of those without modern infrastructure (grid power and Internet access), all you need to start taking advantage of this service is a $79 kit that includes antenna, LNA, SDR radio and CHIP single-board computer. Kenneth Barbi has the latest update on this evolving service.


Computers and Ham Radio: Part 010

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

From the Radio Shack TRS-80 to the Apple II, to IBM’s first PC and the inevitable first PC clone, personal computing started out as an expensive device with very limited capability. From its initially slow start in the 1970s, Cory takes us through the fits and starts of the second phase of this fledgling industry that would change the radio hobby forever.


Motorized Ku-Band Satellite Reception

By Mike Kohl

There are dozens of Ku-band satellites in the skies over every part of the world. And, while Free-to-Air satellite TV systems are very inexpensive, you miss most of the action by not being able to steer your dish from satellite to satellite. But, not all small dish motors are the same. Mike shows us the best way to motorize your own FTA satellite system.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Marin County (CA), North Dakota and Radio Shack Bankruptcy (Again)


Federal Wavelenghts

By Chris Parris

Federal Aviation Administration


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

New Life Evolves on MARS


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Hugh Stegman and Mike Chace-Ortiz


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

The Ground We Talk On


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

New Radios and Antennas for VHF and Above


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Morse Code: The Original Digital Mode is Still Hanging On


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Baseball on the Radio: 1921 and 2017


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

An Ice Age and Disappearing Sunspots?


World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3VBW

Radio Australia: A Possible Return?


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

VOA at 75; WBCQ, RRI, and RNZI


Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

A System for a System


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Turning the Tables: Reverse Beacon Network


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Philco 46-350: The “Tambour Door” Portable


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

HF Antenna “Comfort Zone”


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