October 2016

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LnR’s New LD-11: A Very Red, QRP, All-Mode, All-Band Transceiver

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

LnR Precision, Inc., is a North Carolina-based company that specializes in antennas, straight-keys, and QRP transceivers. Earlier this year, when the company announced their latest QRP transceiver, the LD-11, Thomas Witherspoon was especially intrigued. The new LD-11 supports 160-10 meter operation with all modes (SSB, CW, CW-R, Digi, AM and FM). Find out why Thomas says its performance-for-price-point puts it in a market with some heavy-hitters like the venerable Yaesu FT-817ND, the Elecraft KX3, and the new Elecraft KX2.


The Slow Creep of Scanner Encryption

By Chris Parris

Those within the radio communications industry have been actively marketing the ability to encrypt the latest generations of business and personal radio communications fairly inexpensively. This trend follows one that has been on a steady march for years in the public safety communications industry, and it affects many more people than just scanner listeners. But why is this happening? Federal Wavelengths columnist, Chris Parris, takes a look at what encryption is, who is using it and how it affects all of us in the radio monitoring hobby.


Monitoring Russia’s Northern Fleet

By Tony Roper

In its current form, the Northern Fleet is still the largest in the Russian navy, consisting of approximately 80 warships, half of which are submarines, as well as this number again in service ships, tugs and icebreakers. Longtime military monitor, Tony Roper, shows us how he monitors the activities of this fleet through Morse code transmissions directly from the ships as well as using Web-based tools, such as Google Earth, and webcams to physically see the ships in action.


GMRS –The ‘Other’ Citizens Band - Part 2

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

GMRS is a fun and useful aspect of Part 95 communications, seemingly as far removed from Class D CB as you can possibly get. And, while GMRS can be enjoyed without repeaters, having a well-placed and performing machine in your area makes it even more so. In this installment, Cory explains the hardware needed to set up such a repeater; how to start a local GMRS club, what the likely costs of will be, and he takes a looks a some successful GMRS clubs in different parts of the US.


The Hams Behind the Fender Guitar Legend

By Richard Fisher KI6SN


Gary Gray W6DOE’s Uncle Leo became a ham in about 1931 or ’32. “I’m not sure he ever renewed his license,” Gary told Richard Fisher in an interview. “He was most likely on the air using CW . . . There wasn’t much phone back then. He did a lot of electronic work as a ham.” One of the things Leo Fender, who held the first W6DOE call, recounted to Gary was how he started a career in audio by building amplifiers for public address systems. The rest, as they say, is musical history. With meticulous attention to musical and electronic detail, the Fender guitar and amplifier legend was born.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

Howard County, Indiana and Monitoring Airborne TETRA


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Scanning Smaller Federal Agencies


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

US DGPS: Bad News and Good News


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

Getting Started with Digital GPS Decoding


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

Still in the Box? Put it on the Air!


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Earth-Moon-Earth Communications


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Radio Fun with an Uncooperative Ionosphere


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Obsessing about Awards and School Club Roundup


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Space Weather: Interfering with Global Positioning Satellites


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

Halloween Shortwave Pirates and Global Pirate Weekend


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Listening to Shortwave and Internet Radio


Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

Stormy WX and an End to Some DGPS


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

WSPRs on the Band


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Triple-Conversion Puzzle: Hammarlund HQ-180A


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Tools of the Trade: Antenna Work Essentials

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