Tags: periodicals

Electric Radio - Celebrating a Bygone Era

I recently put in an order to AES for a few items I really didn't need. Fortunately AES ships to APO addresses... while HRO does not. When stateside I prefer to order from HRO, having had great overall past experience with them. Quick delivery, no fuss, no muss. If I have a problem, I can call the store directly. I've also used HRO to give gifts (Father's Day, Christmas, Birthday) to my dad, KD6EUG, and that has worked very smoothly. When I'm back visiting the folks in Sunnyvale, CA - I always try to stop by the HRO store there. It is near Fry's Electronics - not far from Moffett Field. HRO also helped field the US Army Amateur Radio Society and the Baghdad Amateur Radio Society a complete radio setup, to include IC-7000, power supply, CW key, etc. HRO's good people. However... they don't ship to APO addresses, so I ordered from AES. Now AES will allow you to use a stateside billing address, but will send your order to the APO address. But here is the kicker - AES sends an invoice to your billing address... so the XYL gets it and finds out you have been ordering a bunch of stuff you don't really need instead of saving money for our upcoming trip to Europe. But I digress. One of the items I ordered was the August 2007 issue of the periodical Electric Radio. What a wonderful little magazine! I've talked about other radio magazines in the past and lately I've taken a real shine to World Radio.

Electric Radio is a real jewel. Inside the front cover, the magazine states it's intent upfront: Electric Radio is all about restoration, maintenance, and continued use of vintage radio equipment. So what does this have to do with me? I don't restore or use vintage equipment. I wouldn't know the difference between Collins, Drake, National, or anything other type of old, dusty metal cabineted stuff. Despite this, the magazine is still a joy to read. Page 2 talks about Electric Radio's "Honor Your Elmer Contest" - how great of an idea is that?! Page 39 has an amazing article about the life of George Mouridian, W1GAC, SK. The magazine itself is the size of a church pamphlet with a nice sturdy color cover. The pictures inside are black and white - but what better captures the essence of classic radio than black and white photos. The gear is wonderful to see... massive tubes, huge dials, looks like some of the rigs could have easily of come from Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory. I probably won't subscribe and you may not either - but I do recommend you pick up at least one copy to have a look for yourself.

The Wayback Machine

I've really been enjoying Bill Continelli's, W2XOY, web posting on the history of amateur radio entitled the Wayback Machine. Well written and very engaging.

I received a package from home containing the last two issues of CQ and the last issue of QST so I spent a good portion of last night reading through those. Also got a copy of the latest issue of DX Magazine - I always enjoy reading the articles about hams on exotic DXpeditions.

Listened to the Voice of Russia for a little while but couldn't find any solid shortwave stations to listen to last night.

FISTS, the organization of the International Morse Preservation Society, has a great beginners guide to a CW QSO on their website.

Loose Connection

I recently failed to renew my subscription to Popular Communications.... just seemed like I had too much to read and the broad coverage of POPCOMM wasn't focused for my needs. But what I miss reading is the column near the very back of the magazine by Bill Price, N3AVY. The rambling musings are always amusing. But is it worth renewing my subscription? If I could find another column or two that I found consistently worthwhile, I'd renew.

Amateur Radio Magazines

Here are the four monthly magazines I subscribe to. Let me know if there are any other magazines out there worth subscribing to?

CQ is the world's leading independent magazine devoted to amateur radio. For more than a half-century, CQ has been on ham radio's leading edge -- the first to promote mobile operating (in the 1950s), semiconductors (in the 1960s) and packet radio -- the original e-mail (in the 1980s). The amateur satellite program got its start with an idea in the pages of CQ!

Our primary focus has always been on operating activities, including DXing and contesting, but construction projects and technical articles regularly find a home in CQ as well.

CQ's greatest strength has always been in its regular columns. Today's lineup includes:
Amateur satellites, antennas, awards, beginners, contesting, digital, DXing, FCC news, mobiling`, new products, propagation, public service, QRP (low-power), Radio Classics, technical topics and VHF. In addition, Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, covers "The World of Ideas" and "How it Works"; Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, offers perspectives on "Magic in the Sky"; and at-large editors Ken Neubeck, WB2AMU, and Gordon West, WB6NOA, share their insights on a variety of ham topics.

The #1 magazine in the field of general hobby radio, Popular Communications covers short-wave listening ("world-band radio"), broadcast-band DXing (listening for faraway AM, FM & TV broadcast stations), scanning public service and other VHF/UHF frequencies, amateur radio, citizens band (CB), emergency communications, satellites, monitoring clandestine and pirate stations, and more. Popular Communications has been published since 1982.

QST magazine is the most widely read Amateur Radio publication in the country. Each month, ARRL members "read all about it" in QST. Since 1915, QST has delivered the latest news and practical information from the world of Amateur Radio. Rely on QST as your source for equipment reviews, clever technical tips, projects, timely happenings, and critical FCC news. All hams, regardless of license class or experience, will find it indispensable.

A full-spectrum monthly magazine for the radio listener, Monitoring Times covers scanning, shortwave and other radio topics from below 500 kHz to 900 MHz and above. Presented in an easy-to-understand style by our experienced writing staff, we’ll help you get the most out of your time and your equipment with practical listening tips and frequencies.