February 2017

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The “Russian Woodpecker” HF demon of the 1970s – 80s

By John Piliounis

     What was known throughout the amateur radio and shortwave listening worlds of the 1970s and ‘80s as the Russian “Woodpecker,” was actually the sound made by a massive Over-the-Horizon Radar installation designed to detect missiles during the Cold War. We look at the installation then and now.


Over-the-Horizon Radar Today

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

     Over-the-Horizon Radar is not a thing of the past. In fact, there are more such installations now than ever. While they don’t pack the punch of the Russian Woodpecker, they can show up anywhere on the bands at anytime. Here’s how they operate.


Boys’ Life Radio Club: The biggest SWL Club of the ’50s Nobody’s Heard Of

BY Richard Fisher KI6SN

     Remember the Boys’ Life Radio Club of the 1950s? It was one of the biggest SWL organizations of the 1950s that nobody’s heard of. Richard talks to members of the club and finds out how that helped them early in their careers.


The Junior Radio Guild

By Jerry Berg

     Intrigued by a small pin that he found, labeled “Junior Radio Guild,” Jerry discovered the origins of a radio building club for boys that predated the Boys’ Life Radio Club by more than twenty years and encouraged boys to join the radio business.


Putting My Handheld Antennas to the Test

By Robert Gulley AK3Q

     Have you ever wondered how your hand-held amateur transceiver, scanner or marine radio antenna works compared to after-market add-ons? Using his MFJ-269C antenna analyzer, Robert set out to find which worked best.


TSM Reviews: World Radio TV Handbook

By Gayle Van Horn W4GVH

     The venerable World Radio TV Handbook is its 71st edition. Veteran shortwave author, Gayle Van Horn, reviews this classic shortwave reference.


Computers and Ham Radio – Part 001

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     This month we start a new series about the evolution of the personal computer and its effect on amateur radio. Cory explores the earliest efforts, their components and how it changed the radio hobby forever.


Big Dish Movers: Horizon-to-Horizon Actuators

By Mike Kohl

     Horizon-to-horizon actuator motors could drive big C-band dishes from one horizon to the other, covering 180 degrees of arc. Mike takes a look at the predecessor to the small-dish HH actuator.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

TETRA, LTR and two New York, Texas Counties


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Scanning Los Angeles


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

FEMA Planning Exercises with Hams and Others for 2017


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

Looking out over the Horizon


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

The Find


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Big Sammy’s Bulging Caps and the Fickle Flicker of Hope


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

How to Prepare for the FCC’s Repacking of the US TV Bands


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7UST

Storm-Triggering Holes


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder                                                     

SW DX Contest, SWLFest and Global HF Weekend


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Interesting Programming via Shortwave and Internete


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Back to Basics


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

630-Meter Action and Readers’ Reports


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Raymond Loewy meets Rube Goldberg: The Hallicrafters SR-75


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Antenna 101: A Timely Review of What We’ve Learned

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