Originally posted on Signal Corps:
III%er Communications Course
April 4-6, 2014, Timonium, MD.
The class will revolve around the basics of low power/qrp/covert operation with low-profile/improvised antennas, and communications monitoring focused for VHF/UHF COMINT. It will consist of an evening of classroom instruction and a day in the field (FTX). The FTX will be held *rain or shine*. It has been known to rain during April in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Dress and equip yourself appropriately. It is strongly advised that the attendee have at least a general class ham license, as HF operation will be involved. If you don’t have a general license, you can do a COMINT/monitoring track on the Sunday FTX. Also, you will receive a copy of my new book “Grid-Down Communications”, and a ticket to the Timonium Hamfest on April 5th. as part of the course.
By now communications hobbyists have heard that Monitoring Times has ended publication, and that CQ VHF and Popular Communications are getting folded into a digital publication called “CQ Plus.”
Monitoring Times was always a good publication, and I would consistently buy a copy off the magazine rack when the new issue came out. I’m going to miss MT.
Popular Communications was great in the early 1980s when Tom Kneitel started and ran it. After he left in the mid 1990s it started going downhill. Occasionally I’d find something good in an issue, but most of the time I let it stay on the rack. I won’t miss it. I’m not surprised it’s going away, as the attitude of one of their former editors was “the only thing hip about our readers is the type that requires replacement.” (her exact words)
CQ VHF was better in quality than Poop Can. The mag had some issues in the past, and I always thought CQ Communications considered it their red-headed step child. This was one magazine that I actually subscribed to, but only because I couldn’t find it on the rack anywhere. I’m going to miss this one.
As of late, I’ve been getting a lot of my monitoring info from HF Underground – http://www.hfunderground.com/.
If there is sufficient interest, I’ll expand my Technical Journal to include more radio communications and communications monitoring content, especially if people contribute stuff. Let me know, or better yet, send something in. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.