January 2024

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The Many Consequences of QRP

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     Low power operating has been a sub-category of amateur radio since the beginning of radio. Known as QRP, low power brings a lot of potential to new hams and old hands. QRP often means smaller hardware for portable operating; simpler construction which lends to homebrew and kit building, and the ability to enhance anyone’s operating and construction skills.


Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances

By Tomas Hood NW7US

     Have you ever been in a two-way radio conversation or listening to your favorite shortwave station on the 19 or 20-meter band and suddenly you hear a bit of a rushing sound, and the band goes quiet? You may have experienced a Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID). Tomas explains the phenomenon.


From the Basement Band: The VLF Hobby in Europe

By Georg Wiessala

     Winter band conditions often cause radio enthusiasts to head for the basement—the basement band that is! Georg looks at the latest in Very Low Frequency (VLF) receivers, some of which border on pseudo-science. Ghost-hunting aside, activities in this region are as old as radio itself and as new and the latest model computer.


Deep Dive into Multi-Satellite Reception: Part 3

By Mike Kohl

     A veteran Free-to-Air satellite writer and retailer from the earliest days of broadcast satellite reception, Mike examines the mechanics of multiple satellite reception on commercial dishes or your own backyard dish from 10-foot wood and screen reflectors to 1.8-meter professional spun aluminum and fiberglass dishes.


Radio and All That Jazz

By Chrissy Brand

     In this month’s episode, British-based Chrissy draws on her recent trip across the US relating close encounters of the jazz-kind. Comparing her experiences with those back in England as well as various countries in the EU shows that jazz and radio need no translation and remain a niche but much-loved audience, wherever it is found.


The Extraordinary Life of John H. DeWitt, Jr.

By Scott A. Caldwell

     It was easy for a boy to be hooked on radio in 1920—but few took it quite as far as John H. DeWitt, Jr. As a 14-year-old amateur operator Jack was quick to start several radio stations besides his own 1-kW station in his parent’s home in Nashville. He is later credited with establishing WSM as a national powerhouse and supervising Project Diana—the first to bounce radar signals off the surface of the moon.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Scanning Los Angeles County, California


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Monitoring Federal Radio Frequencies


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Whatever Happened to the VHA RHFRN?


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Jeff White, NASB Secretary-Treasurer

HFCC B23 in Australia 


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

A New Year of Shortwave Listening


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

New XHDATA D-109WB, a CB HT and HF Weather Radio


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Improving Your Shortwave Experience


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Socket Power Transition: RCA Radiola 18


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Digital Voice Radio Buyer’s Guide: Part 2


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Rotator Roulette


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Pico Balloons

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