Feb 2016

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Solid-State Gems: Discovering Vintage Transistor Radios

By Michael Jack

Although today’s chips may house billions of transistors, the average consumer is not familiar with the term ‘transistor’ any longer. And, while all of our devices depend on transistors to this day, the pocket transistor radio was the first ubiquitous device to introduce the world to solid-state technology. Michael Jack takes us on a visual tour of the history of the transistor radio through beautiful examples of the art of transistor radio production. He also tells us how to spot potential finds and restore these solid-state gems.

 Monitoring Joint Warrior 15/2 and Russian Air and Sea Activity

By Tony Roper

In October 2015 there was the second of the large-scale exercises that take place every year off the north and west coasts of Scotland under the exercise “Joint Warrior” name, as well as exercises involving ballistic missile defense ships that took part in Joint Warrior and which took place in the danger areas at sea, off the west coast of Scotland. Tony shows how to monitor these twice-yearly exercises as well as how to keep track of Russian air and sea activity involved in their activities in Syria, much of which is found on HF frequencies in SSB and CW.


RTL-SDR Dongle: Your Eye to the Wireless World

By Mario Filippi N2HUN

The RTL-SDR dongle has garnered much popularity over the last several years as an inexpensive and effective broadband receiver for the radio enthusiast. Now Mario shows us how the RTL-SDR can be pressed into serving in other ways: as a rudimentary piece of test equipment to explore those countless wireless devices that power our world and make life convenient. You can use it when restoring vintage radios, doing frequency analysis, antenna analysis and a host of troubleshooting activities you may never have thought of.


ATSC Off-Air Local TV: Doing it Right

By Mike Kohl

Part of his continuing series on cord-cutting, Mike shows us how to use online tools to find out what’s available in your area for Over-the-Air (OTA) TV reception; what antennas work best; when to use and not use antenna amplifiers and how to configure your OTA-TV system without needing to use an antenna rotator. What are the TV reception limits in the area in which you live? You can learn how to get the most out of OTA signals wherever you live without having to spend a fortune on equipment or for cable and satellite-TV subscriptions.


VHF and Above: Aurora Propagation

By Joe Lynch N6CL

If you have spent any time on HF you are somewhat familiar with the effects of aurora, particularly on 10 meters. Those watery sounding signals you may have heard are signals affected by aurora. However, those funny-sounding signals are only one small aspect of auroral propagation. This month Joe shows us how to anticipate aurora propagation by monitoring WWV broadcasts. He also takes a look at the interesting world of High Altitude Ballooning. Joe says, “There is nothing more exhilarating than watching a helium-filled balloon take off and then chasing it using the signals being transmitted from its payload!”


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

Fulton County, Georgia, and Riverside, California


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

The Challenges of Federal Monitoring


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

New Life for Operation SECURE?


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

The Russian Navy T600 “Bee” Modem

HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

Avoiding Mixed-Mode Mix-Ups


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Forgotten Antenna Fundamentals and Other Curious Tidbits—Part 2


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The Case for Satellite Radio


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

The Ionosonde


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

HF Pirates Roam 41 and 90-meter Bands                              


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

RCI’s Broadcast Legacy and You Too can be a Shortwave Radio Broadcaster!


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

WWVB and other Fun Stuff


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Up and Running with SDR!


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Saga of the Philips BX490A: Beauty and the Geek


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Single File, Please: Understanding SWR


Radio Horizons

The Worldwide Listening Guide 7th Edition by John Figliozzi
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