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GMRS | FRS | MURS Free frequencies Essential CB info


From issues gone by, here is a photo of Gene Hughes of Police Call (which was last printed in 2005) and National Communications emeritus editor Norm Schrein at the first annual National Scanning Convention. The convention was held in Lancaster PA in July 1995.  The photo caption read "Gene Hughes receives recognition for his years of service to the radio hobby community. Norm Schrein awards him a plaque from NatScan."  This photo appeared in the September | October 1995 issue of National Scanning Magazine, which evolved into National Communications Magazine.


National Communications Magazine is the magazine for every hobby radio user. Anyone who has bought a scanner or CB for the first time to the radio pro will find this magazine packed full of useful information. We have stories for the novice on how to program that first scanner to the electronic technician who wants to modify his scanner or CB. National Communications Magazine is produced by the industry's leading writers. Names like scanning, CB and ham radio expert Mark Haverstock, CB guru and communications special assignment writer Roger Dumont Jr. and longtime hobby communications expert Chuck Gysi all contribute to make this the No. 1 magazine for the radio crowd. Top-notch editing ensures NatCom readers have the best material and the latest information for the radio hobby. Best of all we're 100 percent hobby radio communications. It's radio at its most exciting: police, fire and emergency medical and some of the best two-way and CB radio anywhere. This is why we're America's Hobby Radio Magazine!

Here are the articles in the SPRING March | April 2023 issue
that is available for download by those with paid online access (use the link in the email sent to you):

NOTE: The LATE SPRING May  | June 2023 issue is NOT expected to be posted online because we are changing to a new online web format. Stay tuned here for details!

Links for information about articles in this new issue: Author
COVER STORY: The decades-long rift between 11-meter CBers and 10-meter hams Mark Haverstock
GMRS: New portable GMRS repeater is easy to get on the air with 10 watts Chuck Gysi
Basic ham radio: New or returning to ham radio? 2 meters is where you need to be Chuck Gysi
CB radio: Major manufacturer now has three CB radios with FM capability Roger Dumont Jr.
Radio news of note: The 2023 Winter SWL Fest will be virtual in March Lisa Stephens
Thoughtwaves: We're changing from PDF publication to web and app for our readers Chuck Gysi
Last page out: Military exercise uses radios from the field in Hawaii  
Scanning: China balloon incident gave rise to milair monitors hearing fighter jets Chuck Gysi


NOTE: The FCC's new Part 95 Personal Radio Service rules went into effect Sept. 28, 2017.
This means more power and channels for FRS radios and the elimination of rules prohibiting skip communications on CB.
More info here:
CB FAQ and FRS and GMRS channels.


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Cover of the SPRING March | April 2023 issue

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