Sunday, May 19, 2019

Global Radio Guide (Summer 2019) Now Available at Amazon


Older ham radio operators and radio listeners might remember a time when shortwave radio stations broadcast a nearly constant drumbeat of political propaganda during the Cold War years. Shortwave radio stations such as Radio Moscow, the Voice of America, and the BBC, to name a few, played an important ideological role during that confrontation between the East and West.

Once again, Global Radio broadcasters have moved to the front lines as the world’s major superpowers have entered a new Cold War. As tensions heat up in the world’s hotspots such as eastern Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, you can follow international events on the radio, but you need an accurate and comprehensive radio guide to hear the action.

Teak Publishing is pleased to release that important radio guide – the Global Radio Guide (GRG), the 12th edition (Summer 2019) electronic book, by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn W4GVH. The book was formerly known as the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide.

This Amazon 'electronic' book is your ticket to travel the Global Radio bands. The heart of this publication is a 24-hour station/frequency guide with Summer 2019 schedules for selected medium wave and all known longwave/shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that lists by-hour schedules that include all language services, frequencies and world target areas for over 500 stations. There are listings of DX radio programs and Internet websites addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for standard time and frequency stations, and even a few other intriguing shortwave radio stations.

New in this 12th edition of the GRG is a Summer 2019 Propagation Forecast, by international radio propagation expert, Tomas Hood NW7US. Tomas looks at summer radio conditions and the new solar cycle.

Gayle and Larry Van Horn have joined forces again penning a very timely article on monitoring the Venezuelan political crisis including broadcast and military frequencies.

Other authors in this edition include The Spectrum Monitor’s Fred Waterer, with a feature on summer radio programming and Richard Fisher with an easy homebrew antenna support construction article.

Spectrum Monitor e-zine columnist/feature writer Larry Van Horn has a special feature on Who’s Who in the Shortwave Radio Spectrum that will assist the reader in monitoring Global Radio activity outside the broadcast radio spectrum. This article also includes an updated Teak Publishing HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list.

The 12th edition of the Global Radio Guide e-Book (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R81NJHD/.

The price for this latest edition is US$8.49. 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 e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website to purchase this e-Book.

You can read any Kindle e-Book with Amazon’s ‘free’ reading apps on literally any electronic media platform. You do not have to own a Kindle reader from Amazon to read this e-book. There are Kindle apps available for iOS, Android, Mac and PC platforms. 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.

Additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books can be found on the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Shortwave Central (http://mtshortwave.blogspot.com/),
The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), and The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/). You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/GayleVan-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

Global Radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Global Radio broadcasts are not restricted by country borders or oceans and can travel thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, now in over 300 different languages and dialects.

Listeners can hear shortwave broadcast stations from China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver or Internet connection, and this unique radio resource, you will know when and where to listen to your favorite radio broadcast station.

The Global Radio Guide will have wide appeal to amateur radio operators, shortwave radio hobbyists, news agencies, news buffs, educators, foreign language students, expatriates, or anyone else interested in listening to a global view of world news and major events as they happen.



Friday, May 10, 2019

The Milcom Files - TSM Edition - Now Available on Amazon



As it always seems to be the case, recent world events continue to draw many radio listeners into their radio shacks to tune in on the action using their shortwave radios. software defined radios, and programmable VHF/UHF scanners. In many cases monitoring the HF/VHF/UHF radio spectrum offers the radio hobbyist an opportunity to hear what is really going on behind the scenes without the filters imposed by news media outlets.

Most radio listeners quickly learn that when the world has a crisis, disaster or tensions rise between countries, the military will usually be the first organization called upon to intervene. It pays to monitor military frequencies when international events heat up. Monitoring the military can offer some of the most productive and rewarding listening you will ever experience using your radio. The good news is you do not have to live close to a military installation to hear these communications. But you do need to learn where and when to tune in military communications.

Mention the words "Monitor the Military" and most radio hobbyists will immediately think of military air shows, military aircraft flybys or a whole a host of other activities that can be heard via radio frequencies. There is a big radio frequency spectrum out there to monitor if you know where to listen, you can eavesdrop on some of the most fascinating radio communications you will hear on a scanner or shortwave radio.

Larry Van Horn N5FPW, has been a radio hobbyist for more than 55 years listening to world events and monitoring military radio communications. He has spent over 33 years documenting activity in the military radio spectrum in his monthly Satellite, Utility World, and Milcom (Military Communications) columns in the pages of Monitoring Times, Satellite Times, and The Spectrum Monitor magazines. During this time, he has published a treasure trove of military communication monitoring information.

All his early MT columns have been published into two eBooks by his company Teak Publishing. The first two books in the Milcom Files series cover his columns published in Monitoring Times and have previously been published at Amazon. Book one of The Milcom Files covers the columns published from 1998 to 2006 and sells for US$5.99 at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077NN7RQ5. Book Two covers the period 2007 to 2013 and sells for US$6.99 at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077NQXH3C.

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of their latest Kindle eBook -- The Milcom Files – The Spectrum Monitor edition by this Amazon bestselling author.

In 2017 Larry joined the Spectrum Monitor writing staff as he continues to chronicle military monitoring in his new monthly TSM Milcom column. Now for the first time, he is publishing all his monthly TSM Milcom columns at Amazon.

This eBook incorporates the first two years of his TSM Milcom columns written from September 2017 to the end of 2018. These columns have documented HF military frequencies (both foreign and US), and VHF/UHF spectrum military frequencies, mostly for U.S. based monitors. This third book in the series has more than 53,400 plus words, and over 200 pages of frequencies, call signs, monitoring tips, and how-to style articles.

Information includes military satellite frequencies, U.S. FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center frequencies, military base profiles, foreign military HF frequencies, airshow frequencies and flight demonstration teams, radio listening equipment, and antennas, and a lot more.

As an extra bonus to buyers of this new edition, they will get his exclusive 2019 TSM Air Show Monitoring Guide published in the March 2019 edition of Spectrum Monitor as part of this new eBook.

This The Milcom Files - TSM Milcom edition eBook is available now on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RN1ZGLJ/ for US$4.99.

If you are interested in monitoring military communications and own a scanner, shortwave radio, or have an Internet connection for web software defined radio (SDR) monitoring, the Milcom Files TSM 2017-2018 is a must reference on your radio shack shelf.

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 the eBook from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

You do not need to own a Kindle reader to read Amazon eBook 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 the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle eBook allows you to buy your book once and read it anywhere. You can find additional details on these apps at this link on 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 the availability of additional eBooks that are currently in production.

Information on other publications by the author is available on the author’s page at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G1QMO4C.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Global Radio Guide (Winter 2018-2019) Now Available at Amazon





Older ham radio operators and radio listeners might remember a time when shortwave radio stations broadcast a nearly constant drumbeat of political propaganda during the Cold War years. Shortwave radio stations such as Radio Moscow, the Voice of America, and the BBC, to name a few, played an important ideological role during that confrontation between the East and West.

Once again, Global Radio broadcasters have moved to the front lines as the world’s major superpowers enter a new Cold War. As tensions heat up in the world’s hotspots such as eastern Europe, the Ukraine and Baltic States, the Middle East, and East Asia, you can follow international events on the radio, but you need an accurate and comprehensive radio guide to hear it.

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of that important radio reference – the Global Radio Guide (GRG), 11th edition (Winter 2018-2019) ‘electronic’ book, by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn W4GVH. The book was formerly known as the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide.

If you want to get in on the action, then this Amazon 'electronic' book is your ticket to travel the Global Radio bands. The heart of this publication is a 24-hour station/frequency guide with Winter 2018-2019 schedules for selected medium wave and all known longwave/shortwave radio stations.

This unique resource is the only radio publication that has by-hour schedules that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for over 500 broadcast stations. It has a listing of DX radio programs and Internet websites addresses for many of the stations listed in the book. There are also listings for standard time and frequency stations, and even a few intriguing spy numbers station listings.

New in the 11th edition of the GRG is a feature, The Battle of the Airwaves in Cuba by Gayle (W4GVH) and Larry (N5FPW) Van Horn. This comprehensive feature covers the historic as well as an ongoing war over the airwaves between the U.S. and Cuba. Included are listings of AM/FM/Shortwave broadcast stations in Cuba, US stations beaming to Cuba and an extensive listing of Cuban Internet broadcast audio feeds.

Other authors with feature articles in this edition include The Spectrum Monitors Fred Waterer, from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, with a feature on winter radio programming and shortwave broadcast authority Hans Johnson with an update on DRM broadcasting worldwide.

There is a fascinating feature by former VOA audience research analyst and producer of the Shortwave Radiogram, Dr. Kim Andrew Elliott, PhD. KD9XB, on how to monitor shortwave radiogram broadcasts. Veteran journalist (editor and writer for Popular Communications, WorldRadio Online, and CQ Amateur Radio magazines) Richard Fisher KI6SN, has penned a fascinating feature on hearing the World of Shortwave and Mediumwave Broadcast stations using Amazon Echo Dot devices.

Spectrum Monitor e-zine columnist and feature writer Larry Van Horn has a feature on Who’s Who in the Shortwave Radio Spectrum that will assist the reader in monitoring Global Radio activity outside the broadcast radio spectrum. This article also includes an updated Teak Publishing HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list.

The 11th edition of the Global Radio Guide e-Book (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L3RYTPG.

The price for this latest edition is US$8.49. 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 e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website to purchase this e-Book.

You can read any Kindle e-Book with Amazon’s ‘free’ reading apps on literally any electronic media platform. You do not have to own a Kindle reader from Amazon to read this e-book. There are Kindle apps available for iOS, Android, Mac and PC platforms. 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.

Additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books can be found on the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Shortwave Central (http://mtshortwave.blogspot.com/),
The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), and The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/). You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/GayleVan-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

Global Radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Global Radio broadcasts are not restricted by country borders or oceans and can travel thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, now in over 300 different languages and dialects. You do not need to own a shortwave radio to monitor many of these global radio broadcasts.

Listeners can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver or Internet connection, and this unique radio resource, you will know when and where to listen to your favorite radio broadcast station.

The new Global Radio Guide e-book will have wide appeal to amateur radio operators, shortwave radio hobbyists, news agencies, news buffs, educators, foreign language students, expatriates, or anyone else interested in listening to a global view of world news and major events as they happen.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Iran fails to launch satellite into orbit after ignoring warnings from US

From the Independent:

Iran‘s attempt to launch a satellite failed to reach orbit, the country’s telecommunications minister has said.
The rocket carrying the Payam satellite failed to reach the “necessary speed” in the third stage of its launch, Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi told Iranian state television.
Mr Jahromi said the rocket had successfully passed its first and second stages before developing problems in the third. He did not elaborate on what caused the rocket failure, but promised that Iranian scientists would continue their work.
It came after Iran ignored US warnings to avoid undertaking three planned rocket launches Washington said would violate a UN Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.

The US is concerned the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
Iran, which considers its space programme a matter of national pride, has said its space vehicle launches and missile tests were not violations and would continue.
Payam was intended to be used for imaging and communications purposes and was mounted with four cameras, according to a report on the telecommunications ministry’s website.
It was intended to stay at an altitude of 500km for approximately three years.
It is one of two satellites Iran plans to send into orbit, the other named Doosti. Payam means “message” in Farsi, while Doosti means “friendship”.
Over the past decade, Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit and in 2013 launched a monkey into space. 
Iran usually displays space achievements in February during the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution. This year will mark the 40th anniversary of the revolution amid Iran facing increasing pressure from the US under Donald Trump’s administration.
Additional reporting by agencies

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Uniden SDS200 Base/Mobile Scanner Official Announcement

Early this morning Uniden announced its latest base/mobile scanner that incorporates the I/Q receiver technology we saw in their SDS100 handheld. Hopefully, this one will have a smoother release than its handheld sibling. I hope to have one in hand for a The Spectrum Monitor magazine review as soon as they are available.




Introducing the SDS200, Uniden's latest and most advanced base/mobile digital trunking scanner.

The SDS200 incorporates the latest True I/Q receiver technology, which provides the best digital decode performance in the industry, even in challenging receive environments.

The SDS200's other major features includes:
  • 3.5" Customizable Color Display
  • 1.5X Din-E (300 mm x 75 mm) chassis
  • Ext. Sp. Jack
  • Auxiliary USB Type A jack for future expansion
  • Ethernet connectivity for remote streaming and control*
  • Trunktracker X
    • APCO P25 Phase I and II
    • Motorola, EDACS, and LTR Trunking
    • MotoTRBO Capacity + and Connect +**
    • DMR Tier III**
    • Hytera XPT**
    • Single-Channel DMR**
    • NXDN 4800 and 9600**
    • EDACS ProVoice**
  • Location-Based Scanning
  • USA/Canada Radio Database
  • ZIP Code Selection for Easy Setup
  • GPS Connectivity for simple mobile operation
  • Close Call™ RF Capture with Do Not Disturb
  • 8 GB micro SD
  • Soft Keys for Intelligent UI
  • Recording, Playback, and Replay
  • Temporary Avoid
  • Fire Tone-Out Alert
  • System Analysis and Discovery
  • CTCSS/DCS/NAC/RAN/Color Code Decoding
  • S.A.M.E. Weather Alert
  • Enhanced Dynamic Memory
  • Preemptive Trunking Priority
  • Multi-Site System Scanning
  • Fully Customizable Scanning with your own Favorites Lists
  • Backlit Keypad
  • Channel Volume Offset
  • PC Programming and Control
  • USB Connectivity
  • Weekly Database Updates
  • Free Sentinel Software keeps the SDS200 database and memory up to date
  • Frequency Coverage:
    • 25-512 MHz
    • 758-824 MHz
    • 849-869 MHz
    • 895-960 MHz
    • 1240-1300 MHz
* Additional or 3rd-Party software may be required.
** Paid upgrades required for DMR, NXDN, and ProVoice monitoring