The Spectrum Monitor — September, 2017

Stories you’ll find in our September, 2017 issue:

Icom IC-R8600 All-Band All-Mode Software Defined Receiver
By Bob Grove W8JHD

To say that Bob Grove, a longtime radio reviewer, is impressed with this new offering from Icom, is a severe understatement. Bob writes, “With the release of this Software Defined Receiver, analog receiver design is relegated to history. Never before have so many features and options been offered in one general-coverage receiver. No wonder it comes with a 93-page, 8 x 10-inch instruction manual!”

Electrical Pioneers: The Life and Times of Guglielmo Marconi and Ernst Alexanderson
By Georg Wiessala

Regular TSM contributor, Georg Wiessala, explores the lives of two of radio’s legendary pioneers. He notes, “It is hard to imagine in our own age just how groundbreaking, confusing and inspirational the work of the early radio pioneers was in theirs, at a time when even the Eiffel Tower became a radio mast. However, our era of borderless communication and technological advance carries with it echoes of the ‘globalization’ of earlier times, as the 19th Century turned into the 20th.”

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio Inc., the Dayton Hamvention 2016 Club of the Year
By Wayne Heinen N0POH

RM Ham, as Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, Inc., is known, is a different kind of amateur radio group—it’s not a club where you fill out an application, pay your dues and join. You can only become a member by participating with the group and over time, if you pitch in on a regular basis, you get an invitation to have your name added to the roster. The exclusive nature of this club is actually its greatest strength. Wayne explains the incredible things this group of hams have accomplished and how your club can benefit from their organizational skills.

Impact of the FCC’s TV-Band Repack
By Mike Kohl

Despite the reported $1.75 billion set aside by Congress to pay winners in the spectrum auction, there are many surprises awaiting the FCC that perhaps should have been expected in advance. Not the least of which forces the FCC to go back to congress to ask for enough money to affect band repack changes. Radio stations, low-power TV translators, even amateur radio clubs will be affected by changes mandated by the FCC. Mike explains the process currently changing the landscape of America’s TV band that will continue taking place over the next three years.

Scanning America
By Dan Veeneman
Dubuque, Iowa, and RACOM

Federal Wavelengths
By Chris Parris
Portable WHCA Trunked Systems

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW
Twentieth-Century Military Monitoring—This isn’t Your Daddy’s Milcom Anymore

Utility Planet
By Hugh Stegman NV6H
Tracking the Buzzer: The World’s Most Popular Radio Station?

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

VHF and Above
By Joe Lynch N6CL
Honey, I Repurposed the Loop!

Amateur Radio Insights
By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z
Are Hams Well-meaning Scofflaws?

Radio 101
By Ken Reitz KS4ZR
The Ups and Downs of Antenna Installations

Radio Propagation
By Tomas Hood NW7US
Historic Event in Cycle 24: the GLE

World of Shortwave Listening
By Jeff White
Shortwave Broadcasters Meet on the West Coast of North America for the First Time

The Shortwave Listener
By Fred Waterer
North vs. South Korea on Shortwave; CFRX, BBC Programming and More!

Amateur Radio Satellites
By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF
Spotlight on Chinese Amateur Radio Satellites

The Longwave Zone
By Kevin O’Hern Cary WB2QMY
Gear up for a New Season!

Adventures is Radio Restoration
By Rich Post KB8TAD
The “Moving Coil” Radio: National NC-100 (RCK Version)

Antenna Connections
By Dan Farber AC0LW
Antenna 101: A Nuts and Bolts Review

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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