April 2023

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Building a Solar Powered WSPR Beacon

By Bill Echols NI5F

With his first solar powered Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) beacon working well, Bill, found himself building beacons for 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 80, and 160 meters. His experience led him to document his beacon project for 60 meters, which is detailed here. The result has been global reports by WSPR beacon spotters.


Digital Amateur Primer: Intro to Yaesu System Fusion

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Throughout his 50 years as a licensed ham, Larry has been the adventurous type. So, it was no surprise that he jumped mic first into world of VHF/UHF digital voice and in this article, explores the benefits of Yaesu’s System Fusion, which he notes, provides a simpler interface, a more modern CODEC and features that meet the demands of the amateur radio operator.


The Early Years of Radio Luxembourg (1930s-1960s): The Voice of Europe

By Scott A. Caldwell

It was a perennial European radio powerhouse—operating with 200 kW—almost a local station throughout the European continent as well as throughout the United Kingdom. As a commercial operation, it was an affront to the staid broadcast policies of the BBC, for instance. Scott traces the ups and downs of this station through the perilous waters of WWII to the rise of American-style rock and roll.


Diving into the Deepelec DeepSDR 101

By Georg Wiessala

A revolution in digital radio design and manufacturing has led to a host of small, lightweight, but very capable multi-band radios with features undreamt of ten years ago. Georg takes a deep dive into one of the latest in this popular genre.


Las Voces of Mexico’s AM Radio History

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

Commercial radio south of the border has had a legendary history, intricately entwined with that of the US. From XEW in 1930, Mexico’s first commercial AM station, to the ‘border blasters’ of the 1960s Mexican AM radio has had a great influence on American culture yet never lost its own cultural identity.


Media and Mailbag Programs

By Chrissy Brand

The media and mailbag program has been a staple of international broadcasting since the beginning of radio. Keeping listeners up to date on the latest in reception tips and programming highlights also keeps listeners tunning in. Chrissy explains that these programs are still thriving.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Scanning Smyth County, VA


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

US Department of Justice



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

It is VHF Low Band DX Season Plus


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Solar Cycle 25 Enters Peak Phase


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

A Fresh Look at Online SDRs


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

April Programming Highlights



By Tomas Hood NW7US

The Aurora


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

FTA Satellite Part 2: Receivers and Programming


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The RCA Farm Set: Model 55F


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

Longwave in Europe Today: Radio, Times Signals, Energy Management and More


Medium Wave Radio

By Loyd Van Horn W4LVH

Don’t Touch That Dial: Myth-busting MW and FM DX Propagation


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

A Tuner by Any Other Name


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

It Began with Columbia

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