Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Easy Does It: Flashing Through the Snow

Click here to see video of the "Easy Does It" two-transistor
LED flasher in action - holiday style!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Watch and Listen to the La Crosse AM-FM-NOAA Weather Radio in Action

Click here to access a YouTube video featuring this hand-held receiver during a National Weather Service / NOAA weather alert recently in Southern California.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Trees As Radio Antennas? Kurt Wants to Know!

Click here to read the 67-page United States Army Electronics Command document "Performance of Trees as Radio Antennas in Tropical Jungle Forests," published in February 1972.

If you have ever used "vegetable radiators" successfully in amateur, military or commercial radio, Aerials' Kurt N. Sterba would certainly like to hear about your experiences.

Write to him at <>.

TNX and 73,
Richard Fisher, KI6SN
Editor, CQ Plus

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 2014 - CQ Plus

Conservative talk host Curtis Sliwa returns to the airwaves on WABC (770) in its move to more local programming. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)  

Radio Talk Giant WABC Makes Bold
Move to Local Programming

            One of New York City’s top talk radio outlets is taking a measured and dramatic turn to locally-focused hosts and issues as a counter-move to the loss of two of its big-draw syndicated programs.
            Cumulus Media-owned WABC (770 AM) made the announcement in January after popular conservative talk hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity moved down the dial to WOR (710).
            “We’re delivering on our pledge to invest in localized content that will entertain, inform and engage listeners while also providing advertisers unique opportunities to reach their customers on a sustained basis,” John Dickey, Cumulus’s co-chief operating officer, said in a statement.
            Industry experts speaking at the Syracuse University-sponsored Audio Summit in September 2013 in New York City pointed to local programming as a key to success for AM radio stations in a saturated syndicated market. (IN DEPTH: See “The Power of the Microphone” in February CQ’s digital supplement, CQ Plus <>. – KI6SN.)
            WABC’s new lineup looks like this:  
  • Don Imus’ nationally syndicated “Imus in the Morning,” which has always had a New York-New Jersey-Connecticut sense-of-place, runs from 6 to 10 a.m.
  • Geraldo Rivera focuses on New York news and issues from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • From noon to 3 p.m. weekdays are Curtis Sliwa, a streetwise conservative, teamed with progressive Ron Kuby. They are up against Limbaugh and were previously teamed on WABC from 2000 to 2007.
  • Nationally syndicated conservative host Michael Savage is on from 3 to 5 p.m., going head-to-head with WOR’s Hannity.
  • NY1 TV anchor Pat Kiernan hosts a one-hour local show beginning at 5 p.m. His cohost had not been named at press time.
            “In an era when listeners can go off in so many different directions, local is something you can’t take away from people,” Kiernan told the New York Times.