August 2022

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Retail Radio in Uncertain Economic Times

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

Too bad there is no vaccine yet developed to protect amateur and shortwave electronics manufacturers from the devastating effects of today’s inflation, supply chain issues, and the chip shortage. Richard looks at several companies and how they are coping. And TSM takes a look at retail prices for amateur, shortwave and scanning equipment since 2014 and finds some surprising results.


An HOA Compliant Antenna for More than TV

By Fred Baumgartner K0FMB

A retired broadcast engineer, Fred looks at the possible uses of HOA-approved OTA-TV antennas repurposed for VHF/UHF and even HF amateur radio work. Using his non-HOA restricted home as a test bed, Fred has some interesting takes on some overlooked possibilities.


The Cancel-ator: Xiegu GNR1 Audio Noise Filter

By Georg Wiessala

There have been several new noise-canceling products of late, aiming at both the professional and amateur radio markets. From within the latter segment, many radio amateurs are known to use some kind of filter or noise suppressing device to improve the clarity of speech and audio resolution. Georg looks at the Xiegu GNR1 digital audio noise filter and finds a lot to recommend it.  


Six Meters and Friends

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Over the decades, global amateur radio frequency bands have shifted as technology improves, as commercial need has required and seemingly on federal whim. Cory looks at the history of some of these band plans and the peculiarities of band differences between Europe and North America taking a close look at possibilities offered by six meters.


Radio Stamps and QSL Cards

By Dennis Berg WB9MSM

A longtime amateur/shortwave DXer and stamp collector, Dennis has collected some fine examples of radio postage stamps and QSL cards. From his US Space Shuttle and MIR spacecraft monitoring to his Voice of America and ARRL stamps, Dennis explains how he got these and many other hard to come by radio artifacts. 


“Frequency Handbook for Radio Monitoring” and “Technical Handbook for Radio Monitoring VHF/UHF”

Reviewed by Larry Van Horn N5PFW

Utility frequency fanatic and military communications specialist, Larry Van Horn, takes a look at two new titles for 2022 from Roland Proesch DF3LZ and finds them useful for all shortwave, VHF and UHF utility monitors worldwide. At over 1,000 pages combined, these reference books are not cheap but, Larry points out, the best information is never free.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Available Interstitial Channels


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

SDR Use in Federal Monitoring



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Fill’er Up and Don’t Forget the Green Stamps!


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

US Military “Foxtrot” Messages are Alive!


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

New Zealand, China, Australia, Tajikistan, Plus DX Tips


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Shortwave Stations Real and Imagined


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

MiLB on the Radio DoD Crossband Test; FD 2022 Results; Why I Like SCR


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Amateur Radio Astronomy Books


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Surviving the USS Daly: A Navy RBS-2


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Something New (Again)


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Looping Back

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