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C O N T E N T S

Vol. 29 No. 2 February 2010

A Publication of Grove Enterprises

Scanning - Shortwave - Ham Radio - Equipment

Internet Streaming - Computers - Antique Radio

Volume 29, No. 2

February 2010

DXing with

Homemade Radios

U.S. $6.95

Can. $6.95

Printed in the

United States

In this issue:

The Wild Life and Times of KAAY

• MURS: America’s Hidden Citizens Band

• Obsessed by Time and Shortwave

MW DXing with

Homemade Radios

By Dave Schmarder N2DS

It’s February, the perfect month

for checking out the AM broadcast

band. With long nights, low atmospheric

noise and little happening on

HF, why not take a look at AM? If

you’ve never DXed the birthplace of

American broadcasting, you’re in for

a treat. But, there’s something you

should know. There’s an art to DXing

the AM band. It takes a good receiver,

a decent antenna and the finger sensitivity

of a safe cracker to sort through

the nearly 4,800 stations on the band.

There’s even more of an art to doing

this with a radio you’ve made yourself.

In this month’s cover story, Dave

Schmarder N2DS not only shows how

to build simple, small homemade radios

to tune the AM band, but he shows

that these radios can be works of art

themselves. Styling his radios after

early models from the last century,

he uses antique as well as modern

parts and the building techniques of a

craftsman. And, even if you can’t put

up a good outdoor AM band antenna,

Dave proves there’s a lot to hear with

a homemade tunable AM loop.

On Our Cover

Against a backdrop collage of many

of Dave Schmarder’s 100 homemade radios

are the front and back of his 7c5 one-tube

loctal regerative receiver. (Courtesy: Dave

Schmarder N2DS)

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The Friendly Giant: KAAY, Little Rock......................... 11

By Bud Stacey and the Mighty1090KAAY.blogspot.com gang

If the 1930s and 40s are known as the Golden Age of

Radio, then the 1960s and 70s could easily be the Age of

Classic Rock Radio. Nothing personified that era of Top-40

music and AM radio dominance like The Mighty 1090 KAAY,

Little Rock, Arkansas.

With a signal that was heard nightly in 40 states and 29

countries, KAAY rocked a good part of the nation from 1962

to 1985. This article is a collaboration of many of the original

DJs, engineers and listeners who remember this station with

as much affection as they do their first radio.

Jonnie King at KAAY

(Courtesy: Jonnie King)

MURS: America’s Hidden Citizens Band..................... 16

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

There’s a group of VHF frequencies that the FCC set aside in 1998 for a new

citizens band. Despite the fact that it allows higher power and fewer restrictions

than the wildly popular Family Radio Service (FRS), it has gone almost completely

unnoticed. Find out what those frequencies are, who makes the radios and who’s

using the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS). It may be the best kept secret in radio

today.

First Person Radio: ................................................... 18

Obsessed by Time and Shortwave

By Myke Dodge Weiskopf

Give a kid a radio and you never know what might happen. In his case, Myke

Weiskopf became intrigued by WWV and the other time signal stations of the 1970s

when he first started listening. His obsession with time and shortwave led to a career

in radio with some very unusual turns along the way. From rock band hopeful

in Boston to radio producer in L.A., Myke tells why he is a lifelong radio man.

R E V I E W S

Grundig Globe Traveler G3 Portable.......................... 68

By Jay Allen

The world of high

performance, portable,

shortwave radios is highly

competitive. Now Grundig/Eton

is out with a new

one, the Globe Traveler

G3. Jay Allen tells readers

it’s loaded with features

including Air Band reception

and RDS (Radio Data

System) on the FM band.

But, how does it compare

with Kaito’s 1103 and

Grundig/Eton’s G5/E5?

Hint: Jay says, “I highly recommend it!”


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Table Of Contents

Departments:

Communications................................6

Letters..............................................74

Stock Exchange................................76

Advertisers Index.............................76

First Departments

Getting Started

Scanning Report...............................20

Type 1 Trunking in Ontario

Ask Bob............................................23

Satellite “rain fade;” Upside-down VHF

antenna; Feds’ cell phone monitoring;

Grounding a portable shortwave set.

Utility World.....................................24

Japan Radio: Fishing for Facts

Digital Digest...................................27

Digital Digest without Borders

On the Ham Bands..........................28

You Want It…You Got It!

Beginner’s Corner............................30

Pansat 9200HD: Keeping up with FTA Satellite

Changes

Programming Spotlight....................32

The Golden Age of Radio

English Language SW Guide............34

Second Departments

QSL Report.......................................47

Who’s on First and Who’s on the Pole?

MT Extra...........................................48

Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Portuguese)

Sky Surfing.......................................52

Working Your First Amateur Radio Satellite

(Part II)

Milcom.............................................54

2010 Air Show Season is Nearly Here

AM Band Scan..................................56

Twenty Years of DX

Boats, PLANES, Trains......................58

What’s Up in Northwest Colorado?

Below 500 kHz.................................60

Tuning in to Natural Radio

Technical Departments

Antenna Topics.................................62

Stealth Antennas: Now You See It, Now You

Don’t

Radio Restorations...........................64

Capacitors and Their Replacement

On the Bench...................................66

“Skywires & Inhalers” Part 5: Transformers?

Why? By Walter Lindenbach

Globalnet.........................................70

Internet Radio’s Rising Star

What’s New.....................................72

Radio Shack Pro-107 iScan Scanner; Dave

Ingram’s QRP Romps; Free Ham Radio

Publication; C. Crane’s CCRadio2; and a

Ham Radio Award Publication

Owners

Bob and Judy Grove

judy@grove-ent.com

Publisher

Bob Grove, W8JHD

bobgrove@monitoringtimes.com

Managing Editor

Rachel Baughn, KE4OPD

editor@monitoringtimes.com

Assistant and Reviews Editor

Larry Van Horn, N5FPW

larryvanhorn@monitoringtimes.com

Features Editor

Ken Reitz

kenreitz@monitoringtimes.com

Art Director

Bill Grove

Advertising Svcs.

Beth Leinbach

(828) 389-4007

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EDITORIAL STAFF Email firstlast@monitoringtimes.com

TJ “Skip” Arey ........On the Ham Bands

Keith Baker ............SkySurfing

Rachel Baughn ......Letters to the Editor

Kevin Carey ...........Below 500 kHz

Mike Chace ...........Digital Digest

Marc Ellis ..............Radio Restorations

Bob Grove .............Ask Bob

Jeffrey Lichtman .....Sky Surfing

Chris Parris ............Fed Files

Ken Reitz ...............Features Editor

.............................Beginners Corner

.............................Communications

Iden Rogers ...........Planes

Doug Smith ...........American Bandscan

Hugh Stegman ......Utility World

Ernest Robl ............Trains

Gayle Van Horn .....Frequency Manager

............................. QSL Corner

Larry Van Horn ......Milcom

.............................Reviews Editor

.............................What’s New?

Loyd Van Horn .......GlobalNet

Dan Veeneman ......Scanning Report

Ron Walsh .............Boats

Fred Waterer .........Programming

Spotlight

Brian Wood ...........Computers & Radio

4 MONITORING TIMES February 2010

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