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The first thing to consider if you're getting poor AM reception is the building around you. Brick, cement and metal-framed structures can impede AM reception indoors. This includes signals you might easily be able to pick up in your car. If you're listening in a building that blocks reception or causes a lot of interference, don't despair. There are some things you can do - particularly if you have access to the area outs... Read more.
10/31/2013
Today, it's with great pleasure that we share with you a conversation I had with Art Bell, the inimitable host of "Coast-to-Coast AM." Just a few minutes on the phone with Art, and you know that you're in the unmistakable presence of a man who lives a full, contemplative life. We arranged the interview to talk with Art about a Giant Loop Antenna he installed on his property. The conversation, not surprisingly, spanned the ... Read more.
11/11/2013
In the midst of an on-going debate about how to make the best use of a national emergency alert system, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at one of the original alert systems dating back to the former Soviet Threat. In 1951, fearful of a Soviet attack, and determined to keep U.S. citizens alert, President Truman signed into existence the Control of Electromagnetic Radiation system, or CONELRAD. Back then, cont... Read more.
11/8/2013
As you know, tuning in an FM signal isn't the same as tuning in an AM station. For one thing, FM transmissions are line-of-sight. That means that obstacles between you and the transmission that you're trying to receive can block the signal and leave you with poor reception. A hill, a coliseum, big buildings - all these things could get in the way of your FM reception and could even leave you hearing the effects of multipa... Read more.
11/11/2013
© 2005, Douglas T. Smith Editorial Services This material originally appeared in WorldRadio, May 2006 Historical accounts of discovery and invention sometimes sidestep the truth. The development of radio provides a case in point. It's nothing short of uncanny how history attributes certain inventions or discoveries to the wrong person. Many myths propagate indefinitely because unwitting teachers reprogram each new cl... Read more.
11/11/2013
Though not everyone agrees on what the first radio station in the US was, most people agree that Westinghouse helped fund the first commercial radio broadcast on KDKA Pittsburgh back in 1920. KDKA grew out of the hobby of Frank Conrad, an assistant chief engineer at Westinghouse. Conrad was a modest man with a modest education; he didn't have a high school diploma or even a degree from a prestigious university. In fact... Read more.
11/8/2013
A lot of radio aficionados and scientists have heard of Nikola Tesla, but he's still far from a household name. In my own informal survey about Tesla, I found that a lot of people are more familiar with the band Tesla, than with the man himself (the band does have a brief bio of Nikola Tesla on their Web site, teslatheband.com). Of course, this article is about the man, not the band, and I think after learning more about Nik... Read more.
11/8/2013
I wrote a brief article on my attempt to build a beer can antenna. In response to that article, I received several suggestions about other homebrew antennas I might want to try. Among them, the famous (or infamous, as the case may be) slinky antenna. Since I have a son, it was a bit tough finding the time to throw together this antenna without having to explain why I was stretching his toys (I used three) to the limit,... Read more.
11/8/2013
For the most part, it can be fun to read and writev about the history of radio and some of the interestingvfacts about how radio works. Sometimes, however, the darker side of radio's past looms large. Such is the case of the story of Edwin Howard Armstrong. Armstrong's innovative mind led him to three of the most significant inventions in the history of radio and electronics. It also led him into a fight he just couldnt wi... Read more.
11/8/2013
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