November 2021

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TSM Reviews: Yaesu FTDX10

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

A look at the FTDX10’s specs verifies that Yaesu designers incorporated some important features from the FTDX101D for their new transceiver. It also seems they took a hard look at the successful IC-7300 and built a medium-priced hybrid SDR to give Icom some serious competition. Mark also notes that the FTDX10 currently ranks number 3 on Rob Sherwood’s receiver test data table.


TSM Reviews: Tecsun 501x

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

There’s a lot to like about this new, large-format portable shortwave radio from Tecsun including the sound from twin front-mounted speakers, which Thomas describes as having some of the best audio of any modern portable radio. But the list of pluses on this radio goes far beyond sounding good, including ‘overall excellent shortwave performance; excellent ergonomics and large backlit display, and a host of hidden features to tweak settings and SSB calibration.’


DMX-40 Morse Code QRP Transceiver

By James Hannibal KH2SR

The DXM-40 Morse code transceiver from Preppcomm can get you on the air operating CW before you know a single character of Morse code. And is lets you send in CW simply by typing your message on the included USB connected keyboard. James believes that, with its touch-screen interface, this interesting 40-meter CW transceiver can help new Technician class hams operate like old hands on a portion of the band they may never ordinarily visit—it even helps keep them from straying into General or Extra class territory.


2021 SDR Radio Buyer’s Guide

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Receive-only SDRs continue to grab a major share of the HF shortwave marketplace. With the popularity of Raspberry Pi systems, many new manufacturers are incorporating SDR technology in portable handheld receivers. With prices ranging from under $20 to several thousand dollars, there’s a lot of territory to be looked at. Larry examines the hardware and the third-party software that lets these amazing devices run rings around old-age shortwave receivers.


2021 Annual Scanner Buyer’s Guide

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

The last 18 months have seen some strange happenings in the retail scanner radio trade. With more people working from home, more radios than many retailers had imagined were sold. Certain models were in short supply. Then came the famous global chip shortage and suddenly many more models were in short supply. On top of that there was very little in the way of new product development among the top manufacturers. Larry takes a look at what is on the market and shows you how to get the most for your money when trying to pick a scanner that’s right for where you live.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Foresthill, California


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

US Park Police



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Prowling the DoD VHF Hi-Band Frequencies


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

New Russian ‘Numbers’ Broadcast Mystery


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

The Growing Popularity of LOTA, POTA and SOTA


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

What’s the Big Deal about Digital?


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Chasing HF DX Today


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Valter Aguiar

From Mexico to Argentina via Cuba: The latest developments in Latin American radio


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

60s Music, Vintage Recordings and More!


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Monitoring 1420 MHz H1: Part 2


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Metal Tube Mistake: Philco 38-7


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

DIY Wire Antennas

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