April 2024

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Where is American Broadcasting’s NextGen TV?

By Fred Baumgartner K0FMB

     Over a decade in development, 100+ transmitters on the air, 10 million+ NextGen TVs in homes, 100-devices for sale this year -- there are no 4K pictures, theater sound, emergency alerting and informing or any advanced interactive function… and currently no sign that there ever will be.


GMRS: A Seriously Useful Citizens Band

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     The FCC has spent the last 60 years reworking the concept of a Citizens Band—licensed to operate without examination over a relatively small set of frequencies that would allow anyone to participate in two-way communications within a narrowly defined but relatively modern technology. The results have of mixed, but Cory explores one that works well—the General Mobile Radio Service.


TSM Reviews: SDRplay RSP1B and Stampfl Stressless HF Receivers

By Georg Wiessala

     Building on the success of their earlier software defined radios (SDRs) the UK-based company SDRplay has a new version of their popular and capable SDR. And, the German-based radio innovator, Heinz Stampfl’s new Stressless HF receiver is a stylish stand-alone HF radio capable of tuning frequencies from longwave to 30 MHz in AM mode only. Georg put both to use at his listening post with gratifying results.


Solar Eclipse Observations: Fall 2023, Spring 2024

By Ron Wilcox KF7ZN

     The October 14, 2023, total solar eclipse provided an opportunity for the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) team to make observations on the ionosphere during the event. HamSCI, a collaboration between professional researchers and amateur radio operators will have a second opportunity this month when another total solar eclipse provides a path of totality across much of North America. Ron looks at results from last fall and preparations for this month.


Radio Travels in Thailand and Cambodia

By Chrissy Brand

     This past December and January Chrissy found herself backpacking around Cambodia and Thailand, immersing herself in the local cultures found in both countries. Of course, she had her ear to the radio the whole time and provides this report about what she found, which includes a stop at Radio Thailand World Service headquarters and a glance at the Buddha radio station at Klang temple.


NASA’s SDO Captures a February Solar Flare Triple Play

By Tomas Hood NW7US

     February 2024 was a month of some spectacular solar events. Between February 21 and 22, 2024, multiple X-class flares, and less-intense flares in the M-class occurred. This raised the overall F10.7-cm flux during this period, making for the great HF propagation. Tomas shows how NASA spacecraft captured the event. 

Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Limestone County, Alabama


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Covering the Big Game


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Strong Solar Activity Lights Up HF’s High End


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

Hams Honor Broadcasters from the Past


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

New Spring Shortwave Programming


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

Radio’s ‘Ravens in the Tower’ and the BBC Time Pips


Bits & Bytes

By Gayle Van Horn W4GVH

Asia, Africa, India Radio Programming on Shortwave and Medium Wave


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Baseball on the Radio 2024 and Winter Term SCR Report


Medium Wave Radio

By Loyd Van Horn W4LVH

DXing Las Estaciones de Radio en México


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Those Linear Power Supplies: Astron, Pyramid and Others


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

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