May 2021

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A Cold War Demon Has Returned

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Russia’s Duga Over-the-Horizon Radar (OTHR) wreaked havoc on the shortwave bands throughout the 1970s and 80s. But, in 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear disaster forced this powerful system off the air. Larry traces the history of OTHR and looks at the current Russian Kontayner system as well as systems used by other nations that continue to infest the HF bands today.


Vatican Radio: 90 Years on Shortwave

By Valter Aguiar

One of the earliest voices on the shortwave bands was Vatican Radio, first heard on February 12, 1931. The station, originally built by none other than Guglielmo Marconi, has adapted to the progress of technology throughout the last 90 years. Valter looks at how Vatican Radio’s mission has changed.


Hydronic Communications

By Bob Grove W8JHD

Research in the 1960s in underwater communications discovered that, among other things, fish communicate with each other. The work was controversial at the time with many disbelieving it had much future. Having worked with a principal scientist in this work, Bob revisits this form of communications and shows how you can take part today.


WLW: Zero to 500,000 Watts

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

One of the most dynamic players in the early years of broadcasting was Powel Crosley, Jr, an inventor and entrepreneur who built a broadcasting empire that included a full catalog of radios and America’s biggest voice on the broadcast band. Mark tracks the path of this radio pioneer from Ohio.


Cold War Communications and the Hunt for K-129

By Scott A. Caldwell

The Cold War of the 1950s through the 1980s was a period of tense cat-and-mouse games played out in the air and on the sea between the US and what was then Soviet Russia. Scott recounts one such high-stakes event that happened when the Soviet submarine known as K-129 went missing—along with it nuclear tipped ballistic missiles.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Marin County, California


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

IWN Updates Continued



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

The US Department of Defense Satellite Networks


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

The 2021 “Numbers” Survey


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Hugh Stegman and Mike Chace-Ortiz


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

FCC, ARISS, Contests and More


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

HF Digital Voice


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

We Must Call CQ!


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Who’s Number 2 In US Broadcast Radio Licenses?


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Jeff White, Chairman HFCC

Shortwave’s Place in International Broadcasting


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

WRNO, WTWW, WRMI May Programs


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Interferometer Radio Astronomy Telescopes


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Swap Fix: A Tale of Two National NC-109 Receivers


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

Antennas off the Beaten Path

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