January 2017

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Living the Shortwave Broadcasting Dream at WTWW

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Ted Randall WB8PUM is a lucky guy. Every day he gets to play radio with some pretty big transmitters and some very large antennas. What’s more, his whole family gets to play too. And at night, after work, he gets to play some more! Keith Baker tells us all about the radio engineer behind the mic at the “QSO Radio Show,” Tuesday evenings on 5.085 MHz shortwave.


SteppIR BigIR MK IV: Going to Great Lengths

Mark Haverstock K8MSH

In limited spaces, the vertical has become the go-to antenna for many installations. They seem like a perfect solution; footprints are small, and simple radial systems are easy to hide in the turf. Verticals also exhibit lower angles of radiation, making them perfect for DX work. The SteppIR BigIR stands out as an alternative, providing a system that will mechanically create a quarter wave vertical on any of the major ham bands–even MARS frequencies.


Going Mobile with SDR

By Robert Gulley AK3Q

There are a number of reasons to go mobile with an SDR, not the least of which is the adventure factor! Every new place offers new listening opportunities; it is a bit like fingerprints in that no two locations are exactly the same. Every location offers something different, and with the wide-ranging capabilities of the SDR there are always new things to hear. Robert shows us what to bring along, how to hook up to power and an antenna. It’s easier than you might think!


The Extra Punch of SSB on CB

By Cory Sickles

In recent months, Cory has spent a good deal of time on the VHF and UHF aspects of Citizens Band, but CB is thought of more for what goes on at 27 MHz. To be sure, the core HF allocation is where the majority of CB users start and where they stay. As a simple option to enter the two-way radio hobby, it’s hard to beat. But that doesn’t mean the world of CB has to be limited to 4 watts of amplitude modulation. Cory explains what happens when CB goes SSB.


Basics of Motorized Satellite Reception: Part 1

By Mike Kohl

Free-to-Air satellite-TV enthusiasts get the most out of their systems, whether they’re Ku-only or C/Ku-Band big-dish systems, when they are motorized. But, moving small dishes or big dishes requires the right sort of motor and proper connections. Mike shows us how it’s done in Part 1.


Klingenfuss Utility Monitoring Book

Bob Grove W8JHD

For several decades, Joerg Klingenfuss has been the consummate publisher of radio frequency directories on a global basis. His latest offerings include frequency guides, databases and CDs, code books, signal sound CDs, a frequency list for the Perseus SDR, screen-shots on a USB stick, and Internet web pages. Bob Grove takes a look at this extensive new collection.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

New Digital Modes for Some Scanners


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

A New Year In Federal Monitoring


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

U. of Twente WebSDR Featured in Popular Video


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

The Advantages of DMR on VHF


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL Aurora Tracking in Real Time


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

A Vertical in Winter


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

FTA Satellite TV Part II: “Hidden” Signals on Satellite TV


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Solar Cycle 24 Downgraded (Again)


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Jeff White

HFCC B16 Coordinating Conference in Miami and Okeechobee


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Radio Australia Leaves Shortwave


Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

The Old and the New


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

More LW Information Sources and Readers’ LW Logs


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Hallicrafters S-38B: the UL-Approved Basket Case


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Sunspots Maybe, Part 2: Hey, Dan, What About Stealth?

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