September 2021

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Remembering HCJB After 90 Years

By Valter Aguiar

     What began as a gospel music program on Chicago AM radio station WBBM in 1922, eventually became one of the most powerful and listened to shortwave broadcasters in the world. Valter traces the history of this unusual shortwave radio voice from its original 200-Watt transmitter and single antenna in 1931 to a complex of 13 transmitters and 30 antennas in Ecuador at 2,800 meters altitude. 


How Low Can You Go?

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     Most amateurs have transceivers that let them operate on 160 meters, the original “top band,” where transmitter power is usually rated in hundreds of Watts, and antennas can get very large. Cory explores the more recent top bands of 630 and 2,200 meters—narrow bands of amateur activity where, thanks to new digital modes, power is surprisingly low and antennas often quite small.  


Electronic Logging Part 2: Online backup and so much more!

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

     Not wanting to lose any of his many years of on-air contact logs, Robert takes no chances—he has five different online locations for his backup logs. But he also explains that e-logging is not just about protecting your on-air history. He shows which systems work best for the various amateur on-air activities you may need to keep track of. He also shows that e-logging is not just for amateurs but for shortwave listeners as well.


Batteries for Amateur Radio Portable and Emergency Power

By Gordon Bousman NW7D

     From lead-acid batteries to solar-powered lithium-ion batteries, this article describes the battery choices and components that can be used to create power solutions for portable, Go Box, and emergency ham radio HF, and VHF/UHF operations. Of course, portable fuel-powered generators are always an option, but in situations where you want to minimize noise, weight, and amount of equipment to be transported into a portable operating site (or use for an emergency operations station), Gordon presents excellent alternatives.


Australian Trailblazer: Ruby Payne-Scott

By Georg Wiessala

     Georg Wiessala introduces the Australian pioneer radio astronomer Ruby Violet Payne-Scott (1912-1981) whose scientific achievements reflected both the technical advances and the socio-political constraints of her time. 


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Santa Barbara County, California


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

The Government Master File Revealed



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

The NTIA GMF is Public Again (sort of)!


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

US Government Releases Frequency File


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Major EME DXpeditions Coming this Fall


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

New Radios, Old Friends


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Don’t Let Power Outages ‘Interrupt’ Your Operating


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Amiko Mini 4K UHD FTA Satellite-TV Receiver


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Jeff White, Chairman HFCC

More Virtual Shortwave Meetings and other Odds and Ends


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Canadian Elections; Texas Shortwave; BBC Fare for September


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Amateur Radio Satellite Primer Part XI: (or: The ‘Gizmo’ Revisited)


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey N2AFX

Swan Song for NDBs?


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Novelty Radios: Master’s Art RT-200 and Guild 484


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

Some Antenna Lessons Learned the Hard Way

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