October 2014 Issue

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Bear Hunting: Tracking Russian Air Force Flights via CW and SSB

  By Tony Roper

     When Tony Roper talks about bear hunting, he’s not referring to tracking furry creatures around the countryside using sophisticated radio devices as aides. He’s referring to monitoring the Russian Air Force Strategic Bomber networks on HF. The Bear networks use both CW and USB for communication; CW is Duplex with ground stations on one frequency and the aircraft on another; while in USB mode, the networks are simplex. Tony shows you when, how and where to find these bears of the air.

Free-to-Air C and Ku-band Satellite Signals in North America

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

     As the current solar cycle continues its fade and international shortwave broadcasters continue chiseling away at their budgets and on-air schedules, wouldn’t it be great to have a radio that picks up the latest English broadcasts from around the world in full fidelity audio, without fading, static and other atmospheric problems and cost less than $200 with no monthly fees or Internet connection? And, what if this same system could tune in dozens more TV and radio signals? That’s the advan- tage of Free-to-Air C and Ku-band satellite monitoring in North America.

The Summer of ’42 Radios  

  By Rich Post KB8TAD

     Rich Post had promised a fellow ham, to whom he owed several favors, that he would look at an old radio that he would like to have working again. Rich had just opened the front door as two friends were carrying a small console radio up the sidewalk to his house when he glimpsed the back of the cabinet and immediately recognized the Philco from a distance. “It’s a Summer of ‘42 special,” he yelled out. The radio was a Philco model A-361, first sold in April 1942. His friends understand- ably looked a bit puzzled at his comment, so he proceeded to explain the history behind the set’s existence.

Pirate Radio Superlatives     

  By Andrew Yoder

     Over the years, radio listeners have asked Andrew, “Who was the first pirate?” or, “Who was the first pirate to broadcast from a ship?” Unlike Major League Baseball, which has kept meticulous records for more than a century, pirate radio is a largely empty record book, with few dots to connect. But this article isn’t cast in bronze, like the plaques at the Baseball Hall  of Fame. It’s more like the senior superlatives from your old high school yearbook. Andrew has been researching old loggings, newsletters, magazines, and books for information and here are a few of the things he’s found.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

History of Rebanding, PCWIN and the PA Turnpike


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Hiding Federal Communications


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

More on Cuban Hybrid Numbers


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU



HF Utility Logs

By Mice Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Thoughts on Stealthy Operating, Part 1


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Highs and Lows of DXCC and QSLing


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Researching Propagation using JT65A: Part Three


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

Does Shortwave Have a Future?


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

The German Language on Shortwave


Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

Once an SWL, Always and SWL


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

A Cure for PPHD


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Marc Ellis N9EWJ

The RCA “12,000 Miler” Comes to Life


The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

Filling out the Forms


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Understanding Polarization: Which Way Did They Go?

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