Radio technology magazines both online and in print

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mangosman, who writes:

There used to be magazines like Radio Electronics (USA), Practical Wireless (UK), Radio Television and Hobbies (Australia) and other magazines on electronics were sold in shops and on subscription for money which paid their writers. The internet has killed most of these magazines. There are still a few still in publication that I know of:

There are other Amateur radio magazines as part of membership.

Silicon Chip

Silicon Chip magazine publishes an extensive range of electronics projects every month including many which use Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Australia’s own very popular Micromite/Maximite microcontrollers. These projects are conceived, developed, constructed, written, photographed published and any unusual parts are sold on the magazine’s website by professional people who are paid by sales of the magazine.

Whether you’re into the latest digital electronics or prefer restoring vintage radios, or anywhere in between, we have something to interest you.

Of particular interest to radio enthusiasts are;

New W-I-d-e-b-a-n-d RTL-SDR Modules Part 1  and Part 2 where the performance of the available modules are measured and compared by Jim Rowe. Some modules will not work at all below 30 MHz but will above. Sensitivity dropped off at different frequencies depending on the module. Jim has the testing knowledge because he constructed his own version in 2013. Also check out Using the SiDRADIO to receive DRM30 and More Reception Modes for the SiDRADIO.

More recently they published a touch screen DAB+/FM/AM radio construction project.

The online subscription rate is  $Au 85 (= $US 56.29 = € 51.12 = £ 45.88) at the moment for a year of 12 magazines. Individual articles are also available. GST is an Australian Goods and Services Tax.

The above magazines produce their own content rather than just promote a manufacturers’ product.

Many thanks for the suggestions, Mangosman! I imagine there are a number of electronics magazines still in publication in other languages, too. Readers, please comment if you subscribe to a quality publication not mentioned above.

I would also note that if you would like to read archived/vintage copies of electronics and radio magazines–some dating back to the early 20th century–explore the American Radio History website.

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6 thoughts on “Radio technology magazines both online and in print

  1. Mario

    One other honorable mention, The Spectrum Monitor, a monthly on-line magazine by Ken Reitz, lots of great articles about the radio hobby.

    Also check with your local library that may have tech magazines that you can look at on-line.

    1. Mangosman appears to only cover activity from 26.965 MHz and higher. Ie the HF CB band, VHF and UHF.
      Short Wave is by definition is wavelengths of 100 – 10 metres which is equivalent to High Frequency band is 3 – 30 MHz.

  2. Tammie Evans M3ENF

    Practical Wireless and Radio User are still going strong here in the UK, print and digital. My Dad subscribes to the print copy of Practical Wireless.

    A magazine subscription app called Readly, is around £8 a month with hundreds of magazines from around the world, including these two. They added them both recently. I’ve subscribed to Readly for a few years now and was pleasantly surprised to see them both be added. It’s so cheap compared to an actual subscription for the magazine.

  3. Vince

    There are also Practical Wireless and Radio User from the UK.

    For those that read Spanish, the URE magazine is available for free online, a couple of months after each issue is sent to members.


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