December 2019

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Before Radio’s First Century: “Pre-Broadcasting” Activity in North America

By John Schneider W9FGH

For many decades, the prevailing myth has been that broadcasting in the United States first occurred on the night of November 2, 1920. According to this general conviction, no broadcasting took place anywhere before that date, but then, in a brilliant stroke of genius, it was suddenly invented that night by the Westinghouse Corporation when its new station, KDKA, broadcast the Harding-Cox election returns. Nothing could be farther from the truth! By 1920, experimental broadcasting had already been happening around the US for many years. John takes a look at the country’s transition from that early experimentation to formal broadcasting.


Radio’s Role During Pearl Harbor’s ‘Day of Infamy’

By Scott A. Caldwell

Diplomatic relations between the United States and the Japanese Empire had steadily deteriorated in the years that followed the First World War. On May 7, 1940 the US Navy Fleet reluctantly relocated its operating headquarters from San Pedro, California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered the redeployment as vital because it represented a significant military deterrent to the growing Japanese bellicosity. However, there was great concern and opposition to this action that was headed by Admiral James O. Richardson, Commander-in-Chief US Fleet, who believed that they would be unnecessarily exposed to attack from the Japanese Navy. Seven months later a price would be paid.


Those Regulated Power Supplies from Heathkit and Others

By Rich Post KB8TAD

In recent columns on testing and restoring the National SW-3, FB-7 and the HRO Senior, Rich initially used metered regulated power supplies in place of the matching “doghouse” power supplies to keep those vintage National supplies from possible overloads and damage before full restoration of the receivers. In his previous column on the HRO, he mentioned replacing the entire HRO power pack with a totally voltage-regulated supply since varying the RF gain control changed the set's current draw somewhat and thus the B+ on both the oscillator and the mixer. As promised, he takes a second look at that supply.


Novice-era Hamming Today: Still a Thrill

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Cory’s first amateur radio station consisted of a solid-state Realistic (Radio Shack) DX-150A general coverage receiver and a gently used Heathkit DX-20 transmitter, that incorporated three tubes to produce 20 Watts out. He used a set of house switches in a metal box to swap the antenna between the receiver and transmitter, plus mute the receiver when transmitting. It was not the best solution, but it was cheap, and it worked. If you, like Cory, have a hankering to revisit your old Novice operator days, it can still be done—with vintage gear or even their modern equivalent. Cory explains how you can start your own Novice-era memories.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Tillamook County, Oregon; Vintage Scanner Crystals


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Scanning Projects



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Monitoring the DoD High Frequency Global Communications System


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

HF Utility in Troubled Ukraine


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Planet Alignment and Sunspot Cycles Linked?


Digital Voice

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Three Short Subjects for New Hams


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

A Log-Periodic Tragedy


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Free-to-Air Satellite TV Update


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Largest Sunspot in Solar Sunspot Cycle 24


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

Online SDRs: Impacting the Way We Listen to Shortwave


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Shortwave Listening Past and Present


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Amateur Radio Satellite Primer (Part VI)


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey N2AFX

LF Info: 101


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Helping Dan: A Silvertone 6230A Farm Set


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber 

Feedlines: Getting There from Here

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