October 2021

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Amateur Radio’s Lost Tribe: The ‘Blue-Collar Scholars’ Who Started It All

By Frank M. Howell PhD K4FMH

     We all know the history of US amateur radio: Hiram Percy Maxim founded the American Radio Relay League, and the rest is history, right? Not quite, says Frank Howell, who takes a closer look at the origins of what he calls amateur radio’s ‘lost tribe of blue-collar scholars,’ the thousands of unlicensed wireless experimenters who learned radio science through the pages of Hugo Gernsback’s prolific wireless publications years before there was an ARRL or QST magazine.


AM Band DXing Today

By David Yocis

     With over one hundred years of listening to the AM band, you might think there’s nothing new to learn, but David shows that Twenty-first Century technology has brought new life to the oldest radio hobby. From software defined radios to remote-controlled receivers to advances in antenna technology, there is almost no limit to what an average listener can hear today.


Ultralight MW DXing with Ferrite Sleeve Loop Antennas

By Jock Elliot KB2GOM

     Taking small, inexpensive portable radios outdoors and turning them into DX machines is what ultralight medium wave DXing is all about. And, thanks to DIY ferrite sleeve loop antennas, you can try your hand at the action. But it will be tough to top those already in the game who have logged medium wattage stations at 8,000 miles. Jock explains how it’s done and who’s doing it.


Feeling the Geomagnetic Pulse: Antennas for the ELF and VLF Bands

By Georg Wiessala

     There was a time when listening to Extremely Low Frequencies (3-30 Hz) and Very Low Frequencies (30 Hz to 30 kHz) required expensive laboratory equipment and acres of antenna installations. Georg reports that’s no longer the case as he dives deep into the receivers, antennas, and software you’ll need to explore this radio territory.


CB Radio: Six Decades of Utility and Fun

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     Citizens Band radio has the distinction of once being the leader as an American popular culture icon in its first three decades. From Top 40 records to network TV shows to feature films, millions of everyday Americans were ‘ratchet-jawing’ on their CB sets. But never count CB as dead—Cory reports that it’s still alive and now with FM modulation!


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

A Tale of Two Counites: Branch and Hillsdale (MI)


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

TSA UHF Update



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

More Government Master File Diving


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

KiwiSDR Ale Scanner Goes Live Online


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

ARISS Space Station Contact Opportunity


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

VHF AM: The Rediscovered Country


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Shack Screens: Big is Beautiful!


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

OTA-TV and FTA-TV Update


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

HF Pirates Sail on the Shortwaves


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Fall Shortwave Programming


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

That Jukebox Sound: Wurlitzer 530 Audio Amp


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

An Ounce of Prevention

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