Thursday, September 22, 2022

DX Central YouTube channel begins Season 3, on September 23


On Friday, September 23, 2022, at 6:45 PM (CDT) (2345 UTC) DX Central begins its third season on the air. The highly popular YouTube channel, hosted by Loyd Van Horn, from North Shore studios in Mandeville, Louisiana, specializes in AM and FM DX, equipment reviews, airchecks, tips, tricks, and how-to videos.  

Loyd is the 2022 International Radio Club of America (IRCA) Ric Heald award winner for his support of the AM radio hobby.

New to the hobby? Learn more about DX with his DX 101 pages at Find out about AM DX Home on the Road videos, AM DX Airchecks-By State, and MUCH MORE!

Did you miss the DX Central Live - Season 3 Live Stream Run Through? Go to as well as links of not to be missed past editions.

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DX Central Archive editions: 

DX 101 Spreadsheets and Logbook Analysis for AM

DX 101 Reviewing SDR recordings for AM/FM DX

DX 101 The Top 10 Countries From North/South America You Can Try to Hear TONIGHT

                                             DX Central ... Because we’re all about radio!

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Microtelecom announces next-gen SDR - Perseus22 receiver

The Perseus22 SDR is a 4-channel, direct sampling receiver with continuous frequency coverage from 10 kHz to 225 MHz and a typical image rejection larger than 70 dB.

All channels are synchronously sampled by a high SNR, 14 bits A/D converter and processed by a software-defined digital down converter, implemented on an FPGA, which outputs are routed to the host PC by a USB 3.0 controller, allowing wide-bandwidth IF applications.

The frequency coverage is split up in 2 groups of channels (two for the VLF-HF frequency range, the others for VHF), each one capable of diversity, which can reduce noise in order of tens dB. All channels include an analog RF frontend equipped with attenuators, preselection filters, and amplifiers.
The receiver enclosure is machined from solid aluminum and finished with a fine, non-reflecting, black surface treatment. 

At the present time, the unit is awaiting FCC-type acceptance and no definitive pricing is available. The target date for release is October 2022.

Thursday, May 05, 2022

18th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Summer 2022) Now Available

 Press Release:                                                                         

Teak Publishing Company 

P.O. Box 297

Brasstown NC 28902


For Immediate Release                                                           Thursday, May 5, 2022



Familiar players and familiar places. 

Familiar fears pushed by familiar voices.

The world has held its breath during the Russian invasion of Ukraine as images of the human suffering of war have brought back old memories and old fears from years gone by.

Just like these events have brought up once buried feelings, it has also brought what many thought to be “old” technology back to the forefront.  While internet access is one of the first targets of invading regimes intent on controlling the narrative, the vast reach of shortwave radio transcends borders and other forms of connectivity.

It is déjà vu with a front-row view.

For those who want to be on the front lines of the action, Gayle Van Horn’s (W4GVH) 18th Edition of her Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (Summer 2022) has all of the details you need to catch up with the latest from the front lines.

As one of the only remaining publications available with international broadcast frequencies and schedules, the Global Radio Guide (GRG) puts everything a radio enthusiast needs to navigate the action right in their hands.

In this completely updated edition, regular GRG contributors Ken Reitz, KS4ZR, and Fred Waterer (both also of The Spectrum Monitor) post feature on monitoring the international broadcasters at the very forefront of the events.  Larry Van Horn, N5FPW, adds his detailed information on monitoring of utilities on the shortwave bands, including military communications. 

With the help of the GRG, you can tune in to shortwave broadcast stations from additional hotspots such as China, Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, Taiwan, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver, SDR or Internet connection, pair it with this unique radio resource to know when and where to listen to the world.

This newest edition of the GRG carries on the tradition of those before it with an in-depth, 24-hour station/frequency guide with schedules for selected AM band, longwave, and 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 worldwide.

The GRG includes listings of DX radio programs and Internet website addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations as well as some of the more “intriguing” transmissions one can find on the shortwave radio bands.

In addition to the global hotspots, the GRG brings the world to you from other places on the radio dial.

Gayle Van Horn brings us into the tropics with her regular stroll through the tropical bands – one of the most challenging and rewarding pursuits for the shortwave listener.

Not only are the bands heating up with world events, but the HF bands themselves are becoming more alive as our sun wakes up from its slumber.  What impact will this renewed solar activity have on listening?  Tad Cook, K7RA, shares his atmospheric expertise with a primer on radio propagation while maintaining an eye on the ever-evolving Solar Cycle 25. 

A bit lower on your radio dial, DX Central’s Loyd Van Horn, W4LVH, breaks down the basics of getting started with mediumwave DX and even gives us a fun summer project by diving into the powerful KAZ antenna that listeners can use to pull in elusive mediumwave signals from far beyond their home.

Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, mediumwave, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the information you need to help you to hear it all. Teak Publishing’s Global Radio Guide "brings the world to you."

You can find this edition of the Global Radio Guide, along with all of our titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at  Details will be available at

The 18th 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


The price for this latest edition is US$8.99. 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 e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular 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


Thursday, February 17, 2022

The Milcom Files Archives Vol 6 Now Available


Press Release: 

Teak Publishing Company

P.O. Box 297, Brasstown NC 28902

 For Immediate Release                                                        17 February 2022


The 2021 Milcom Files - TSM Edition - Now Available on Amazon

 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.

 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.

 In this regard, the Teak Publishing Company is pleased to announce the release of their latest eBook in the TSM Milcom Archive series – The Spectrum Monitor Volume 4 (2021) by Amazon best-selling author Larry Van Horn.

 Some of the topics covered in this new book during 2021 include:

 • The World of Strange Military Stations

• Military Callsigns

• US Coast Guard 911 Network and Monitoring Coast Guard Cutters

• Monitoring UHF Military Satellites and DoD Defense Satellite Network

• Military Land Mobile Radio Systems Primer

• Monitoring Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) including frequencies and callsigns

• NTIA GMF Release and HF – VHF – UHF frequencies

• Bonus Material: The Spectrum Monitor 2021 Air Show Guide

• Bonus Material – The Teak Action Bands (LW-MW-HF) Military Frequency List –  Hundreds of discrete U.S. and some foreign military frequencies.

 The latest Milcom Files - TSM Milcom edition 226-page eBook is available now on Amazon at for just US$4.99.

 Larry Van Horn N5FPW, has been a radio hobbyist for more than 58 years listening to world events and monitoring military radio communications. He has spent over 40 years documenting activity in the military radio spectrum in his monthly Satellite, Utility World, and Milcom (Military Communications) columns in the pages of Monitoring TimesSatellite Times, and now 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 e-Books by 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 Book Two covers the period 2007 to 2013

 In 2017 Larry joined the Spectrum Monitor writing staff where he continues to chronicle military monitoring in his monthly TSM Milcom column. Now he is publishing all his monthly TSM Milcom columns (2017-2021) at Amazon in the Kindle eBook format. All the books in The Milcom Series archives are available at

 If you are interested in monitoring military comms. own a scanner, shortwave radio, or have an Internet connection for web software-defined radio (SDR) monitoring, then the Milcom Files are a must reference for the radio library shelf.

 For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing, radio hobby books is available on the company website at Information on other publications by Larry is available on his author’s page at Amazon