October 2015 Issue

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It Can Still Be Done! Kit Building is Alive and Well

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Kit building is as old as amateur radio and as popular as ever. The attraction to kit building comes from the learning experience of building an electronic project, the pride of knowing how components work and the money saved by doing it yourself. A longtime kit builder himself, Kevin shows us that kits for all kinds of radio projects are readily available today, but that it’s also a fun experience to do with your children or grandchildren.


Digitally Speaking: The Original Digital Conversation

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

This month our digital guru goes old school as he examines the original digital conversation: Morse code. The attraction of CW is multilevel: it’s a mode available to all license classes, an efficient use of bandwidth, and a natural for low power DIY ham stations. Furthermore, savvy CW operators can put together a small, capable station at a fraction of the cost of voice mode stations. Despite the fact that the Morse requirement for amateur licenses was dropped in early 2007, CW operating is a popular as ever.


Build a Rugged, Copper Pipe J-Antenna for VHF-UHF

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

Explore the myths and magic of the J-antenna and get yourself “de-polarized.” Richard explains that some of the things you thought you knew about the J-antenna just aren’t right. And, that with a quick trip to your nearest home-improvement store, you can find all the parts and all the tools you need to build one of the most popular VHF-UHF antennas for scanning or amateur radio applications. You’ll even find out how to put this antenna on your bike for some on-road and off-road bicycle/mobile fun.


TSM Reviews: Manhattan DJ-1997 FTA Satellite Receiver

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The new Manhattan DJ-1997 receiver is smaller and less expensive than its predecessor and yet more capable. It goes a long way toward blurring the lines between traditional cable and satellite TV services and the new direction consumers are inevitably migrating toward: Over the Top TV. We’ve seen similar activity with services offered by new TV sets: direct access through apps to Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and a host of other non-cable/satellite video and audio services, including direct access to Web content. This is disruptive technology in the best sense of the word.


The Norden Broadcasts: America’s Ace in the Hole

By J. Wandres

While British forces in WWII had mounted successful radio-based propaganda campaigns, the US had no such program until 1942 when the US Office of Naval Intelligence put together an unlikely trio, which included a doctor, a lawyer and a Hungarian émigré. They created a fictitious character named Commander Norden and broadcast what they said was the truth in German aimed at German warships. But, how successful was the program? 



Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

Counties Weigh a Combination of Radio System Options


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Programming Federal Interoperability Channels


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

US Coast Guard Consolidates HF Services


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

A Few Easy Digital Catches for the Beginner


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Are You Up for the Challenge of 60 Meters?


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Ramsey AM Broadcast Transmitter Kit: $45 of Pure Radio Fun


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

The Chromosphere (Continuing our Look at the Sun)


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

Tales of Pirate Radio Woe and Intrigue


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Spy Stations, Canadian Elections, Central European Crisis and More


Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

Marine Radio Technology Sails On


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Adventures in Through-Ground Radio


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

From Aristocrat to Royalty: First Look at a Zenith Trans-Oceanic G-500


The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

Go West, Young Man!


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

The Modern Underground: Stealth

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