January 2014 Issue

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Item Number: 0114

January 2014 Contents

Feature Articles

Philips USA and the Un-Happy Station

By Rich Post KB8TAD

     Author Rich Post has an eye for yard sale finds and the vintage Philips 436-AN shortwave radio he found led him on a search that uncovered some interesting radio history about a terrible time for the Happy Station. In the early years of shortwave broadcasting, one pioneering station enjoyed a worldwide audience: PCJ from the Netherlands. Operating with its unique, rotatable antenna, it generated a signal that was heard around the world and quickly became the envy of Nazi invaders at the start of WWII.

Geek’s Guide to Radio: Meet the Original Makers, Hackers and Fixers

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

     Creating “impossible” new devices with futuristic, homemade tools; cleverly re-purposing perfectly good hardware; relentlessly repairing cherished devices in the fight against planned obsolescence; getting together to share the tech and the joy of unchained creativity: Surprise! Radio amateurs the original makers, hackers and fixers – have been doing these things for more than 100 years. It’s time to meet and mingle!

FAA’s NextGen Air-Nav System

By Cory Koral K2WV

     Already four years overdue and more than $300 million over budget, the FAA’s NextGen was designed at a time when air travel numbers were rising fast enough that many the industry clambered for a newer, faster, better way of handling air traffic. But, projected numbers were slowed by the Great Recession. What will plans for a space-based “virtual control tower” do for the civilian and commercial air industry and what will it meant to aero-monitors?

The High Cost of Interoperability

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

     The analog/digital shift has been impacting the world of public service radio for years, and it’s not over yet. And the road to interoperability has been anything but easy. Cost over-runs, glitches in systems and high maintenance fees have city, county and state governments grumbling. Meanwhile, federal funding, inventory control and security issues make the future for interoperability as elusive as ever.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Scanning, Satellites, Trunked Systems and More!

Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Monitoring Federal Frequencies

Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Utility Shortwave Explained

Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chase-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

The Intrigue of Digital Noise

Amateur Radio Insight

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Antenna Tuners: The Devils in the Details

Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Antenna Solutions for Hams and SWLers

Understanding Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

In the Beginning...

The World of Shortwave Listening

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

TSM Tests Best Shortwave Portables under $40

The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Shortwave Listening in 2014

Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

Listening to the Action on Winter’s Waves

The Longwave Zone

Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Is there a Future for the “Basement Band?”

Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Marc Ellis N9EWJ

Electrical Safety for Radio Restorers

The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

Use Your PC for Off-Air Recording

Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Antennas: Organic System, Targets of Oppression

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