40 Meter Vertical Array ~ 40 Meter 1/2 wave Dipole – Top Band Chordal Hopper

The N6BT DXU-32 … I have had two occasions where I was able to test my fantastic 40M phased vertical array against other antennas. I say fantastic only because when you compare the height requirements and maintenance requirements, the phased array has tremendous bang for the buck. The DXE DV-40-P … First I compared it […]

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[RAC-Bulletin] Update on Problems with RAC Website

 

The Radio Amateurs of Canada uses a platform called WordPress, a website content management system, to run our website. Due to recent changes to the WordPress software, we are continuing to experience issues with the RAC website and posts and pages can take up to a minute or more to load. Continue reading

SWL Jamming in the Cold War Era

Many of us hams of the old school started out as s.w.l.s in our youth. The international broadcast bands at the time were occupied by stations shoulder to shoulder. One of the details we encountered was jamming. We could often hear in North America that broadcasts from the B.B.C., V.O.A., Radio Liberty and many others were being jammed. Continue reading

The 2015-2016 Shortwave Radio Buyer’s Guide

Despite the often-expressed view that shortwave may be on the decline, if one were to look at this year’s shortwave receiver technology alone, the truth would seem to be anything but. Remarkably, 2015 has been a great year for the shortwave radio listener, as several models of portables, tabletops, and SDRs have been either introduced or improved.

The following is a basic, easy-to-follow buyer’s guide to some of the best receivers on the market currently. This guide is, by no means, comprehensive; rather, it’s a selection of rigs I have tested, some of which I now own. It builds on the guide I published in the November 2014 issue of TSM, and highlights innovations since that issue, while still acknowledging the contributions of previous models.

Click here to view the full guide:
http://swling.com/blog/2015/12/the-swling-post-2015-2016-shortwave-radio-buyers-guide/