Friday, December 16, 2016


Hello and welcome back... I'll be the first to admit... I live in the past.

Growing up, i started to get into scanners / radios around when i was 15 (1985).
I used to love reading the radio magazines that were out at that time as well, not to mention the Dick Smith and Tandy Electronic Catalogs (they were kinda like a thick magazine)..**Still Do :)

The various Australian Magazines around the late 80s / early 90s included
CB Action
Amateur Radio Action
Radio & Communications (after CB Action & Amateur Radio Action magazines merged)
Radio Mag (follow from R&C magazine??)
Silicon Chip (still going)
Critical Comms (also still going)
Electronics Australia
73 for Radio Amateurs
Listening In??

Did i miss any?? Please comment in the 'Comments' section below

It was the magazine 'Radio and Communications' that led me to create this site, kinda an electronic version of it, so to speak..Except the Radio and Communications magazine had 2 good things going for it..
Its authors/writers

Two really good writers come to mind that were brilliant & passionate about their hobby and made it one of my fav magazines.
Russell Bryant and Bob Bell.
Russell wrote the Scanning Secrets (among others) column while Bob wrote all thing aircraft (On the Airbands), etc, etc...
Sadly Bob is no longer with us.

I really miss that magazine...

Some Overseas magazines included
Monitoring Times (U.S)
Popular Communications (U.S)
Spectrum Monitor (still going) ** Excellent Magazine
CQ Amateur Radio (U.S) (still going)
CQ VHF Radio
National Communications (U.S) (still going??)
Radio User (U.K) (Inc Short Wave Magazine & Radio Active) (still going) ** Excellent magazine
Practical Wireless (U.K) (still going)
RadCom (U.K) (still going)

So why am i writing this?

Because there is an amazing site called '' that has catalogued various magazines from 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000, etc,etc.. In Full (pdf format)..

I have downloaded a few and are now reading on my iPad :)

Some of my favs are = Popular Communications Magazine (1982-2003) CLICK HERE
                                     Monitoring Times (1982 - 1999) CLICK HERE
                                     Communications World (1973 - 1981) CLICK HERE

Or, you can check out all of them HERE

Sure there not the latest but an enjoyable read, non the less.

Now, when your bored over the Christmas/New Year holidays, download some magazines and remember the good times :)

 Today, the magazine is, i think.. nearly at its end which is sad, in paper form. On the plus side, you can download magazines cheaper and read them on the go.. IPad, EReader, etc, etc


****** If anyone has any 'Radio and Communications' magazines' like the ones below they want to get rid of, please contact me at the following email -
I used to read these magazine religiously but over the years of moving, i lost them...
Many Thanks *******************


#CB Action

Huge 'Thank You' to American Radio History for an incredible site...


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