Thursday, December 11, 2014

Teak Publishing Releases New Winter 2014-2015 Shortwave Guide - Available Now at Amazon

So why should you listen to shortwave radio? Quite simply shortwave radio is your window to the world.

The best source of global information continues to be shortwave radio. Throughout the world, shortwave remains the most readily available and affordable means of communication and information. It lets you listen to voices from around the world. You'll also learn about the lives and concerns of people from all walks of life, from soldiers, to farmers, to retired scholars. Shortwave radio provides nearly instantaneous coverage of news and events from around the world.

Shortwave listening, or SWLing, is the hobby of listening to shortwave radio broadcasts located on frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz, also known as HF or the High Frequencies bands.

If you live in the U.S., you can easily listen to shortwave broadcast stations from countries like North/South Korea, Iran, Australia, Cuba, China, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Japan, England, Egypt, Tunisia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United States and many other counties if you have a shortwave receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

That when and where to listen is covered comprehensively in the pages of a new edition of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Winter 2014-2015 edition), by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH, is that all important information resource you need to tap into the worldwide shortwave broadcast radio spectrum. It is a 24-hour station/frequency guide to “all” the known stations currently broadcasting on shortwave radio at time of publication. This unique shortwave resource is the “only” publication in the world that offers a by-hour schedule that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for each broadcast station. There are new chapters that cover basic shortwave radio listening and Who’s Who in the Shortwave Radio Spectrum. Also extensive work has been done to improve the readability of this edition on the various Kindle platforms.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Winter 2014-2015 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QU8LC6M. The price for this latest edition is still US$4.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

This new e-publication edition is an expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide formerly printed in the pages of Monitoring Times magazine for over 20 years. This one of a kind e-book is now being published twice a year to correspond with station seasonal time and frequency changes.

If you enjoy listening or monitoring HF shortwave stations, and you miss the monthly English frequency listings formerly published in the late Monitoring Times magazine, and multilingual station listing in the old MTXpress electronic magazine, this valuable tool will now be your new guide to listening to the world.

Frequency updates between editions will be posted on her Shortwave Central blog at: http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/.

And, the good news is that you do not even need to own a Kindle reader to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps.

There are free Kindle reading apps for the Kindle Cloud Reader, Smartphones (iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry); computer platforms (Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac); Tablets (iPad, Android and Windows 8), and, of course, all of the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle e-book allows you to buy your book once and read it anywhere. You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production.

You can view the complete Teak Publishing book catalog online at http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/. Click on the Teak Publishing radio hobby e-book link at the top of the blog page. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gayle-Van-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs and many more interested in listening to a global view of news and events as they happen. 

If you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to hear what is happening outside the ham bands on that transceiver or portable shortwave radio in your shack, then this new e-book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.

Here are a few of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased the first two editions of this Amazon e-book.
Five Stars By  Frank S. Excellent for the price. Glad I found this.
 
Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Kindle Customer. Since Monitoring Times is no longer in publication, this guide is required for the dedicated shortwave listener. There is information provided that I have found nowhere else. It will be a welcome addition to any listener's equipment. Gayle Van Horn has been publishing this research for many years and the followers are numerous, from beginners to professionals. The author's work is accurate, concise and thorough. If you have a shortwave radio, you need this publication as much as a set of earphones. There is none better.
Very Good Source for Shortwave Stations Broadcast Schedules by Kenneth Windyka. I've got to admit up front that I don't have a strong interest in this part of the hobby. HOWEVER, Gayle Van Horn makes it easy to determine what one can hear on the short wave bands during a particular time period (in GMT time sorted format). I also like the internet reference available, so that one can listen to programs via the internet even if its' not possible via the shortwave radio.

NJ Shortwave listener hears International Frequencies with new guide help by Stanley E Rozewski, Jr. This e-book is complete and accurate in presenting a low cost SW frequency guide and important must read topics for the new or experienced user. I liked the easy reading format, and understandable frequency guide. I will order the second edition next year.
This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson. When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (mt-shortwave.blogspot.com).

Good value by DrP. This is an excellent well-written book that is very affordable when compared to encyclopedic guides, e.g., the WRTH. Much the same information is included. The first part is a nice introduction to SW listening pitched to the beginner. Included is an informative section on purchasing a radio spanning low-end <$100 models up through the most advanced transceivers. The bulk of the book contains a list of world-wide SW broadcasters, organized by frequency band. This makes it ideal for browsing one band at a time, but much less so if you want to search for broadcasts from a particular country.
I like this one by Charles. I have only had a brief chance to scan through this book. From what I have seen of it I will enjoy getting in to it.

Shortwave Is Not Quite Dead By James Tedford (Bothell, WA United States). It was barely breathing as of late, but there is still a lot you can hear on shortwave radio. You need more than a little dedication, and a better-than-adequate radio to hear what remains on the HF bands, but if you have those, you will be rewarded with a lot of interesting audio programming. This book is a good guide to what is currently available over the international airwaves.

Five Stars By  Kindle Customer
Came on time. Packaged right. Looks as shown. Works as advertised.

 

Monday, December 08, 2014

A Note to European DX’ers About K1N Navassa – in English, Deutsch, Russian, Spanish, French, Greek, Italian


Interesting article by Ralph Fedor K0IR and Glenn Johnson W0GJ, for European DX’ers in exclusive to DxCoffee.

http://www.dxcoffee.com/eng/2014/12/06/a-note-to-european-dxers-about-k1n-navassa-in-english-deutsch-spanish-french-greek-italian/

The end of January will be historic and I hope to make at least one contact (like I did for Amsterdam Island) and be among the lucky to add a new one to the totals.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Father-Son Team Claim ARRL Triple Play Award

It probably doesn't happen often, but a father-son pair of amateur radio operators were both awarded the ARRL Triple Play Award within a 24 hour period of each other.

The Triple Play WAS (Worked All States) Award is available to all amateurs worldwide who must use Logbook of the World (LoTW) to confirm QSOs (contacts) with each of the 50 states on voice, CW, and digital modes.

My son Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) and me - Larry Van Horn (N5FPW) were awarded our ARRL Triple Play awards on Monday and Tuesday of this week within 24 hours of each other. I'm sure those that logged into the LOTW website on Tuesday did a double take to see the father-son team at the top and bottom of the Triple Play Awardee list.


Both father and son agree it was a lot of fun to work toward the Triple Play Award. I would like to personally thank each and every one of the hams listed below for helping me achieve this amateur radio milestone. Without their patience on-the-air and diligence to upload to LOTW, I would probably still be scratching around the bands for contacts. Bravo Zulu to one and all and thank you.
 
US StateCWPhoneDigital
Alabama (AL) W4SHLND4QKE4UNA
Alaska (AK) KL7RAKL7RAAL9A
Arizona (AZ) KB7QN6KZK6LL
Arkansas (AR) K5PXPWB0RURAE5PW
California (CA) AK7VW6UX/PAD6WL
Colorado (CO) K0RVW0EEANA0CW
Connecticut (CT) NN1NK2DW1AN
Delaware (DE) W3PPK2EWA3QHJ
Florida (FL) K4LMK4SNAI4FR
Georgia (GA) AA4CFW6IZTN4PHT
Hawaii (HI) KH6LCKH7XKH6MB
Idaho (ID) W1AW/7W7MEMN7UVH
Illinois (IL) N2BJN2BJN2BJ
Indiana (IN) AJ9CW9IMSK9WX
Iowa (IA) W0AKKC0CFAI1P
Kansas (KS) AB0SK0UASW0BH
Kentucky (KY) KY4KYK4FTK4UOL
Louisiana (LA) KZ5DW5EAWB5TEQ
Maine (ME) K1ESEK1DGW1SSF
Maryland (MD) N3QEN3COBW3LL
Massachusetts (MA) K1BGK5ZDN1BAA
Michigan (MI) NE8JN8OCW8JWN
Minnesota (MN) W0EFK0SIXK0IR
Mississippi (MS) K5GDXW1AW/5W8DM
Missouri (MO) W1AW/0N0AZZWB8EJN
Montana (MT) W1AW/7N9RVKE1HA
Nebraska (NE) W0KTN0AIEK0IDT
Nevada (NV) W1AW/7K7XCK7SFN
New Hampshire (NH) K1ROAE1PKA2KON
New Jersey (NJ) KE2DNJ2BBK2BB
New Mexico (NM) W5MPZW1AW/5K5AM
New York (NY) NW2KKA2LIMKC2QFR
North Carolina (NC) W4DXAW4NHWJ2D
North Dakota (ND) N7IVKD4POJNT0V
Ohio (OH) N8BCW8WBBN8MNI
Oklahoma (OK) K5CMAF5QKF5S
Oregon (OR) W7OTVKK7PRW7YES
Pennsylvania (PA) K3MJWK3YTLAA3B
Rhode Island (RI) W1OPK2CW1GSH
South Carolina (SC) W4LVHW4LVHK4TGK
South Dakota (SD) W0OJYKD0SK7RE
Tennessee (TN) N4NAK3JAEAC4M
Texas (TX) K5MXGK5TDAK5PBR
Utah (UT) NY6CK7ULSAC7JW
Vermont (VT) AB1NJW1NVTW1/E74OF
Virginia (VA) K4CQK4KDJW4KRN
Washington (WA) W6AEAKW7YW7MRC
West Virginia (WV) W8WVAW8WVAKU1T
Wisconsin (WI) W9AVK9MUK9OM
Wyoming (WY) KO7XKB7CSWKO7X

You can get more info on this award on the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/triple-play

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Antares AJ-26 main engine failed earlier this year during Stennis testing


I find it very interesting that the engine that exploded during last night's Antares launch has had a checkered past including an explosion on one of the engine test stands back in May of this year at the NASA Stennis facility in Mississippi.

According to the story written by Chris Bergin at NASA spaceflight.com on May 22, 2014, "One of the AJ-26 engines set to launch with a future Antares rocket has failed during testing at the Stennis Space Center on Thursday. Sources claim the engine “exploded” on a Stand located in the E Complex at the famous rocket facility. The failure is currently under evaluation, although it may delay the next Antares launch that is tasked with lofting the ORB-2 Cygnus to the International Space Station (ISS)."
What makes this story even more interesting is that the Antares launch vehicle’s main engine is the Aerojet produced AJ-26 – a rebuilt version of Soviet NK-33, originally intended for the massive N-1 launch vehicle.

The tanking for the Antares was contracted to the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau from the Ukraine. Yuzhnoye has extensive knowledge in producing kerosene rocket bodies as the producer of the Zenit launch vehicle.

You can read the complete story at http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/05/antares-aj-26-engine-fails-stennis-testing/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Urgent: It's On -- KP1 Navassa Island in January

 
Watch the Project website at http://kp1-5.com/new/index.htm for more details.
 
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the KP1-5 Project that they will be the team to activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.
 
The DXpedition will be a maximum of fourteen days. The exact dates in January will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.
Our experienced team of fifteen is complete and is ready for the challenge. The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air.
 
January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during that month. However, the weather is unpredictable in January and because Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by boat.  For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the Island and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned. Navassa is over 100 miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point and as many as ten round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation. Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating this #1 ranked DXCC entity.
 
In the next few weeks, we be working with USFWS and as details firm up, we will issue periodic press releases. Check our webpage, the KP1-5 Project for more details of the operation and how you may financially support this DXpedition.
 
The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50% of the total costs. We are hopeful the DX community will fund the remainder.
 
- for The KP1-5 Project,
 
Bob Allphin, K4UEE, President
Glenn Johnson, WØGJ, Vice-president
Mike Thomas, NA5U, Secretary

Update: It is almost that time of year again - CQ WW DX Contest time!

It is almost time for the CQ WW SSB DX Contest which kicks off on Saturday, October 25 at 0000 UTC and runs until Sunday, October 26 at 2359 UTC.

I fully plan to be in the contest this year looking for new countries to add to my DXCC totals. Might even work a state or two I need to finish off the ARRL Triple Play award I have been working on.

I also plan to have a presence during the CQ WW CW DX contest that starts on
Saturday, November 29 at 0000 UTC and concludes on Sunday, November 30 at 2359 UTC. I hope to finish out the countries I need for an ARRL CW DXCC award.
 
These are two of my favorite contest and are a lot of fun to participate in at any level. Several years ago I won 1st place in my category, but since I am on a country hunt, I won't be submitting a contest log for these two amateur radio contest.
 
Complete details can be found on the CQ World-Wide Contest website at http://www.cqww.com/.

Late Breaking News from the ARRL Contest Newsletter:-

CQ Communications has reconsidered its initial policy on stations operating in Crimea for the CQ World Wide contest. Logs will be accepted and counted for the country indicated by the call sign of the station. This aligns CQ policy with DXCC policy. See the CQ website for complete details.
 
On a related topic, found this that was posted to the ARRL website on 17 Oct 2014:--

CQ Will Not Accept Logs from Stations in Crimea Using Russian-Issued Call Signs

CQ has announced that it will no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. CQ Magazine said that “after considerable deliberation,” it has decided to follow the lead of the US government and the United Nations and will consider the embattled Crimea region to be a part of Ukraine, “until such time as the political situation there is resolved.” In addition, contacts made by others with Crimean stations using Russian-Issued call signs will be removed from contestants’ logs without penalty. “No contact or multiplier credits will be given,” the CQ announcement said.

“We fully realize that our action may very well disenfranchise several Crimean contesters who use Russian prefixes instead of Ukrainian prefixes,” CQ said. “As regrettable as that may be, our action is consistent with international law, as well as with our own rules.”

CQ sponsors several major international operating events, including the CQ World Wide SSB and CW contests. The first contest to be affected by the new policy would be the CQ World Wide SSB Contest, which takes place this year over the October 25-26 weekend.
 
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

ARRL DXCC Desk Manager Bill Moore NC1L injured in accident



I was stunned this weekend to learn the news that a longtime friend Bill Moore, head of the DXCC Desk at the ARRL in Newington CT, was seriously injured in a car accident two weeks ago.




The following news is from K5FUV, Bill Kennamer. 

"DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in an automobile accident about two weeks ago.  His neck was broken, leaving him paralyzed from his upper body down, with limited movement of his arms.  Recovery will be difficult and slow, and is not expected to be total.  Bill would like to hear from his friends.  He is currently in the Mount Sinai Rehab Hospital in Hartford, but cards and well wishes should be sent to 92 Reservoir Rd, Newington, CT 06111”.

From Bernie, W3UR/1 Hartford, CT

"Friday K5FUV, Bill Kennamer, and Bernie McClenny, W3UR/1 visited Bill at the rehab hospital.  We spent a few minutes with NC1L, Bill, who was extremely glad to see us.  I gave him one of the ARRL Centennial Convention coins and told him how successful the event was going.  He was very happy to hear the news and the greetings from his friends.  Bill’s sister-in-law Gina was there in the hospital and asked us to tell Bill’s friends that he would love to hear from them.  So if possible let’s all show Bill our love and concern for our dear friend by sending him our QSL with good wishes. I know Bill and the family would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Bill Moore
92 Reservoir Road
Newington, CT 06111