#315: 80 easier to DX than 15 (sometimes)

ft4ta

I spent the first 2-1/2 decades in this hobby thinking of 80 meters as a local band, useful mostly for traffic nets and ragchews. But In a strange-but-true sort of way, I’ve come to realize that not only is 80m a great band for DXing, it’s often easier to work DX there than on the higher bands.…

Book excerpt: Illicit shortwave listening

10yrs

I thought some readers might be interested in an excerpt of a book I recently read regarding conditions in North Korea as they relate to shortwave radio. The book is The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag. As you may infer from the following excerpt, the book is well written, interesting…

Portable SDR with built-in antenna analyzer

pSDR

As I read the web site and watch the embedded videos, I am of course interested in the technology described – but perhaps even more interesting is the age of the ham involved. We often hear about the “graying” of ham radio and I’ll be the first to agree with those who say that the hobby…

Why not a “smart” autotuner?

rxnb

Three decades ago, every issue of QST had an ad from Palomar Engineers with exactly two products being pushed – a VLF converter and a noise bridge. They looked quite similar in identically-sized bright red housings. I bought the VLF converted and had a lot of fun experimenting with it. As for the noise bridge –…

Thanks *again*, Nigel!

G3TXF

Nigel G3TXF has given me a number of New Ones in his extensive travels as a DXer – most recently Tristan da Cunha as he operates as ZD9XF. I won’t say he’s particularly strong here at the moment but we were both strong enough for him to give me ATNO #314. For those who know…