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The Cuban-American Radio War of 1962

Everyone knows the history of the "Missiles of October"  - the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.    But many - even dedicated radio fans - may not know that 10 US AM radio stations joined the fight against the threat of nuclear proliferation by becoming the medium wave extension of the Voice of America.    This excerpt from a 206 page paper entitled "Cuban American Radio...  READ MORE

W9RAN
05/18/2022
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Did you hear KC2XIO?

A strange yet familiar-sounding voice appeared on 13. 56 MHz in 1971...can you identify who and what it was?  Your browser does not support the audio tag.First - the "who"....This is the voice of Jane Barbe, which was familiar to everyone from the many recordings she made for the telephone systems around the world.   Of course it would be natural to hire the most talented voice ac...  READ MORE

W9RAN
05/09/2022
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Monitoring the start of the Viet Nam War?

As reported by radio historian Terry O. on the Black Radios Facebook group:"R-388 HF receiver at a listening post in Phu Bai, Vietnam. This photo is probably from 1963, shortly before the company was re-designated as the 1st Radio Company. According to Lonnie Long and Gary Blackburn in "Unlikely Warriors", this is the company that on August 2, 1964 issued the CRITIC after intercepting an encrypt...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/29/2022
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"The Rebirth of HF"

Every ham or SWL knows the HF bands are a lot emptier than they once were.     But that could be changing, although the new signals (which are now called "waveforms") may be quite different than what we remember.This webinar explains why the "lost art" of HF is not only still relevant, but has been making a comeback in recent years, particularly in the area of both local and global...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/21/2022
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The Shortwave Collective

A friend used to say "First, you have to start out".    For many starting out in radio, the first project is a crystal set, which is the simplest type of radio that you can make, and you can make it out of simple materials, often that you have on hand or can easily be scrounged.A group of women calling themselves "The Shortwave Collective" have raised the act of making and exploring wha...  READ MORE

W9RAN
04/09/2022
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Online sleuths are intercepting Russian radios and revealing potential war crimes

Another report about “Operation Russian Radio” from The Independent.   This is an excerpt - for the full article go to their WEBSITE(Select the Readers View to avoid paywall)Intercepted radio communications between Russian military units in Ukraine have revealed potential war crimes and scenes of disarray within the ranks of the invading army.Open source intelligence experts and online volu...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/24/2022
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Under Fire, Out of Fuel, No Air Support: What Intercepted Russian Radio Chatter Reveals

A  New York Times  team analyzed dozens of HF battlefield radio transmissions between Russian forces intercepted by ham radio operators and shortwave listeners during an initial invasion of the town of Makariv, outside Kyiv. This report includes actual recordings and English translations (some adult language) that reveal an army struggling with logistical problems and communication fai...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/24/2022
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Numbers Stations

Are you one of the many who are fascinated by numbers stations?    Rather than tuning the bands hoping to catch one, there's now a real-time online database to tell you when and where to listen   NUMBERS STATION SCHEDULEWhat's more - if you click on any of those flagged as next to transmit at the top of the page, it will take you to the wideband WebSDR at the University of Tw...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/23/2022
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Britain’s Raiding Dreadnought of the Ether

Among the best-kept secrets in Great Britain during World War II was a 600 kW medium-wave transmitter which was codenamed “Aspidistra. ” The transmitter would disrupt the German war machine through misdirection and fake news.The origins of Aspidistra go back to 1932, when Powel Crosley, Jr. — an American radio manufacturer and broadcaster — conceived of a superpower transmitter. It would broadcas...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/16/2022
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WTWW - "The Voice of Freedom"

If you've tuned to 5085 in the evenings, you'd think you'd stepped into a time machine.    Rock and roll music on AM Radio?  What are they thinking?    Here's the story in their own words:A group of us were driving together to attend a convention in Nashville.  Several legendary jocks motoring along on a clear evening..planning to arrive at the Nashville hotel aro...  READ MORE

W9RAN
03/12/2022
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