The Spectrum Monitor — February, 2018

Stories you’ll find in our February, 2018 issue:

The Powerful Voice of Radio Miami International
By Richard Fisher KI6SN

The Miami-based shortwave radio station known as WRMI began as a one-transmitter, one-antenna operation focusing mostly on Latin America. Then, late in 2013, an extraordinary opportunity came to WRMI’s door. Former shortwave broadcasting giant, Family Radio WYFR, was selling its massive antenna farm covering one square mile of ranch land near Kissimmee, Florida. The move turned WRMI overnight into a worldwide voice with 14 transmitters and 23 antennas.

TSM Reviews: DMR and the Radioddity GD-77
By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) first came on the scene in the mid-2000s. But, price was always a barrier that stopped many from getting in on this amateur radio revolution. Recently, though, newer players moved into the market and prices began to fall. When Cory first heard about the Radioddity GD-77 he had low expectations. However, last fall they were running a Halloween special, with a 15 percent discount if you bought two, and that was enough to send him to his wallet. Now, he’s happy he did. Find out why Cory believes “Radioddity has a winning radio on the market.”

TSM Reviews: Exploring the Video and Radio Possibilities of Roku
By Mike Kohl

Over-the-Top (OTT) is the term the broadcast industry gives to “cord-cutting,” the wave of former cable and satellite-TV subscribers who are opting to bypass the fee structure of pay-TV in the US. OTT usually requires the use of a fairly robust Internet connection and at least one of many popular streaming devices. None are more popular that the long running and relatively inexpensive Roku devices. Mike takes a look at the possibilities for streaming not just video channels but radio as well for those seeking to maximize their cord-cutting experience in this first of a two-part series.

TSM Reviews: QRPWorks SideKar Plus
By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

Being a recent convert to QRP operation, Mark has been looking at radios and accessories that he can put into a small go-kit for portable operations and something easily taken on trips. Whether it’s hiking to a location off the grid or packing luggage for a flight—lightweight and portable are at the top of the list. Like many hams, with propagation conditions declining, Mark finds himself devoting more time operating in digital modes and relearning CW. Mark found that, mong its many talents, the QRPWorks SideKar Plus sends CW, RTTY or PSK using the keyboard or paddle; has a built‑in logger for 1,000 QSOs and weighs just 9 ounces.

NASWA’s 31st annual Winter SWL Fest and WWLG Update
By John Figliozzi

The 31st annual North American Shortwave Association (NASWA) Winter SWL Fest will be held next month in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. John Figliozzi, author of The Worldwide Listening Guide, previews the wide range of topics that will be featured this year. Among the programs will be an exclusive screening of “Spectres of Shortwave,” a film by Amanda Dawn Christie centered around the former RCI shortwave transmitter facility at Sackville, New Brunskwick. John also updates his shortwave guide.

Scanning America
By Dan Veeneman
Digital Overtakes Analog

Federal Wavelengths
By Chris Parris
Using Lessons Learned

Milcom
By Larry Van Horn N5FPW
Intro to Military Monitoring: A Look at the New 225-400 MHz UHF Milcom Band

Utility Planet
By Hugh Stegman NV6H
The Great NAVTEX War of 2018

Shortwave Utility Logs
Compiled by Hugh Stegman and Mike Chace-Ortiz

VHF and Above
By Joe Lynch N6CL
2017: A Momentous Year for ARISS

Digitally Speaking
By Cory Sickles WA3UVV
Mid-Winter Potpourri

Amateur Radio Insights
By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z
Did Joe Taylor K1JT, Destroy Amateur Radio?

Radio 101
By Ken Reitz KS4ZR
Narrowcasting: FTA Satellite-TV and Lesser Known TV Channels

Radio Propagation
By Tomas Hood NW7US
Solar Wind and Funnel Clouds

World of Shortwave Listening
By Andrew Yoder
AM and FM Pirates in the Western Hemisphere

The Shortwave Listener
By Fred Waterer
Korean Winter Olympics; Latin and other Languages on Shortwave

Amateur Radio Astronomy
By Stan Nelson KB5VL
Learning about Radio Astronomy

The Longwave Zone
By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY
Loggings Galore!

Adventures in Radio Restorations
By Rich Post KB8TAD
Invasion of the Two-Band Transoceanic Clones: Whodunit?

Antenna Connections
By Dan Farber AC0LW
Wire Antennas Part Two: More About Dipoles and Other Creatures

The Spectrum Monitor is available in PDF format which can be read on any desktop, laptop, iPad®, Kindle® Fire, or other device capable of opening a PDF file. Annual subscription is $24. Individual monthly issues are available for $3 each.

Ken Reitz, KS4ZR, is publisher and managing editor of The Spectrum Monitor. Contact him at [email protected].

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