October 2022

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The Enduring Yaesu FT-817 and FT-818 Transceivers

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

     In a hobby where the ‘latest and greatest’ usually captures all the attention, why is an amateur transceiver first introduced more than 20 years ago still a hot item? Thomas explores the many uses for the Yaesu FT-817 and 818 transceivers from QRP HF base station to amateur radio satellite operating to man-pack and bicycle mobile. It turns out that this rugged little workhorse answers to a lot of ham on-air action.


Adventure Radio Society’s Annual ‘Flight of the Bumble Bees’

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

     Since 1996, the last Sunday of July finds some 100 low-power (QRP) enthusiasts spread out into the hinterlands for a four-hour on-air event known as the Flight of the Bumble Bees. With very simple rules and very simple equipment, these Bees try to work as many other Bees as they can from remote locations. It’s a challenge on all levels: battling the elements, battling band conditions, and battling the big guns that tend to spread out across the bands on the weekends.


Buying the Right Portable Radio for AM DX

By Loyd Van Horn W6LVH

      The DX season is upon us and medium wave DXers are planning to make the most of the longer nights with fewer electrical storms to sift through the frequencies that make up the AM band. Loyd’s recommendations are based on decades of practical experience and here’s a hint: the most expensive portable radios may not be the obvious choice. It comes down where you are, what you are trying to receive and how much effort you want to put into the chase for AM DX.


Using Ferrite Bar Antennas and Loops

By Georg Wiessala

     Many would-be low band DXers come away from the basement band frequencies disappointed. They’ve got radios that tune down to 50 kHz but all they hear are static crashes, local line noise and an occasional nondirectional beacon, buried in the hash. Georg lets us all in on the secret of his low frequency success—it’s all about the antennas. Using some exotic ferrite bar and loop antennas, there’s little that he can’t hear.


The Medium Wave Circle/Barry Davis Memorial Receiver at Clashmore, Scotland

By Scott A. Caldwell

     The Medium Wave Circle is an international club for radio enthusiasts and medium wave DXers with its own prestigious publication and now a web-based receiver attached to a number of Beverage antennas fanning out across the Scottish seaside aimed at all corners of the globe. Scott shows us how this receiver set up works and how it’s possible for others to join in.


100 Years of Radio: Radio Comes to Chicago

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

     Chicago has always been a bit rough-hewn and in 1922, at the dawn of the broadcast radio era, “the windy city” hosted a number of newly licensed radio stations—big and small—that served a city and the entire Midwest with programming of every sort. The city was also the seat for what would now be called ‘startups,’ companies, such as Zenith, setting out to make an international name for themselves. While many stations never survived the Great Depression, a surprising number are still around.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Washington State Patrol Update


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Radio IDs



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

U.S. Air Force Base Tour


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

HF ‘Numbers’ Continue in 2022


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

Shortwave Pirates Through the Years


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Shortwave Honors the Queen


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Cord Cutting and All That Jazz


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

Hunting Foxes


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The All-Metal Transoceanic Clone: National NC-66


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z



VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Arecibo Update: Two Years after the Destruction

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