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AFN: The Biggest Network You’ve Never Heard or Seen

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

Originally begun as Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) in 1942 and intended to provide news and entertainment from “back home” to US service personnel stationed in the war zones of World War II, the American Forces Network (AFN) now provides 12 music, news and sports audio services, seven TV services and a program guide to US bases globally. Over the years, AFN’s mission has evolved along with the technology used to deliver the programming. With headquarters in Riverside, California, Richard Fisher took a tour of AFN facilities that produce programming seen only by those in uniform and discovered close connection between AFN and Hollywood.


Ultra-light Radio: Doing more with Less

By Gary Donnelly KC8IQZ

Many shortwave listeners scoff at low-ticket, shirt-pocket sized, no-frills portable radios as inadequate at best for the job of DXing the AM and HF bands. But, a loyal group of adherents to Ultra-light Radios (ULR) are finding that these insignificant seeming radios deserve space in any listening post. Gary shows us the ins and outs of ULR DXing and how these diminutive receivers can deliver surprising results with and without modifications.


MultiPSK: A Digital Diamond in the Rough

By Robert Gulley AK3Q

There are many digital programs available for amateur and shortwave radio listeners, from individual modes to all-in-one packages, but with MultiPSK, Robert has found a real treasure. He calls this a “diamond in the rough” because, for many folks, the initial configuration and program screens seem, at best, awkward. We have become used to very glamorous graphical user interfaces, with ribbon bars and lots of bells and whistles. By comparison, MultiPSK seems rather barren but, Robert tells us, nothing could be further from the truth!


Outernet: Bringing Free, Global, One-way Internet Content to the World via FTA Satellite

By Kenneth Barbi

Calling itself “Humanity’s Public Library,” Outernet is an ambitious public service project designed to provide free access to information to those not served by extensive Internet infrastructure. To do so, Outernet founder, Syed Karim, has implemented a global data delivery system using existing Ku-band geosynchronous satellites. He says, the concept is a repurposing of existing computer and Free-to-Air (FTA) satellite technology—“a mix between modern day shortwave radio and BitTorrrent from space.”


Summer Radios and Some are Not

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

A few new digital-capable 2-meter/70-cm transceivers have made their debut this summer, but Cory finds that there is more than one way to get into digital voice on amateur radio, including a mash up of various low cost digital devices you might already have around the house. He also makes sense of the alphabet of digital voice modes: DMR, LMR, D-STAR, NXDN, NXREF, WIRES-X and the use of DV Dongles.

Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

Maine’s Statewide MSCommNet


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Navy Enterprise System in the Pacific Northwest


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

This isn’t your Father’s COTHEN


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

Listening in to US Embassies and Consulates on HF Radio


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

The Great Equalizer


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The $80 E-reader/Ham/SWL Decoder, that comes with a Free Camera


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Let’s Talk about this Hot Sun


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Jeff White, General Manager WRMI

Another One Bites the Dust: International Radio Serbia closes its doors for good, but is shortwave really doomed?


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Radio Tirana, Radio Serbia Remembered


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Yet More Flight Opportunities


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Comings and Goings


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

A Classic Pair of Heath Hi-Fi Twins Part 2: The AA-151 Amp


The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

More on WOWO; New FMs and Coax


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Stealthy Green Jolly Loop: At Last


Radio Horizons

AOR AR-DV1Multi-mode Digital Voice Receiver

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