June 2021

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Anatomy of a Field Radio Kit: Part 1

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

     Self-confessed “pack geek” and Parks on The Air (POTA) activist, Thomas has been taking notes over the last few years to compile this feature on taking the radio into the wilderness or just your own backyard. From battery picks to favorite portable antennas, you’ll learn a lot from the guru of minimal portable operations.



By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

     It’s hard to believe, but the Military Auxiliary Radio System (AFMARS) is closing in on its centenary. Founded in 1925, AFMARS has experienced the full history of change in radio technology as well as its service mission. Today’s AFMARS serves as a high-tech HF backup as part of the Air Combat Command.


A Foot in Both Worlds: Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge

By Georg Wiessala

     In radio history of the late 19th Century, it was a time of pioneering achievements, towering intellects and even bigger egos. Oliver Lodge, Georg notes, “seems to have been a man of apparent contradictions” who also found himself at odds with names more famous today than his own.


SDR vs. Analog: Which is Better?

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

     Never before have there been more listening options for the radio enthusiast. Smaller, more capable analog portables; even smaller Software Defined Radio (SDR) dongles and full-featured desktop radios that combine both technologies have appeared in the marketplace at wide ranging prices. Robert gives us his insider’s view.


Microwaves: An Introduction to Amateur Radio’s Open Frontier

By Corry GB Sickles WA3UVV

     For over 100 years, radio amateurs have had an uneasy truce with the powers that be. Regulated and chased into what the regulators thought would be a radio desert, amateurs discovered was actually a garden. From shortwaves to microwaves, hams have had a knack for discovery—Cory tells the story.


Solar Cycle 25 and 2021 Field Day Propagation Forecast

By Tomas Hood NW7US

     As we enter Solar Cycle 25, hopes are high among many hams that it will signal more robust propagation than we have experienced over the last two previous solar cycles. Tomas takes a look at what we can expect from this cycle and more specifically, what we can look forward to during this year’s Field Day.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Monitoring NXDN in New Mexico; Florida SLERS Update


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Frequencies in Use



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

A Military Land Mobile Radio Systems Primer


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman 

Yet More on ‘Numbers’ Stations


Shortwave Utility Logs

Compiled by Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

An Inexpensive Field Day Antenna for All Seasons


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

George Zeller Tribute and Latest EU-US Pirate Loggings


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

RSI, TSWR, OTR and Canada D’eh!


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Amateur Radio Satellite Primer Part X: A ‘Really Cheap’ Portable Satellite Antenna Mount


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey

Summertime Strategy


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

A Correspondence School Kit: A National Technical Schools KL-9


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

Examining Load and Source

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