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From issues gone by, here is a photo of Gene Hughes of Police Call (which was last published 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 eventually evolved into National Communications.


National Communications Magazine is the magazine for every 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 is produced by the industry's leading writers. Names like scanning expert Jon Van Allen, antenna and propagation specialist Mark Haverstock, citizens band enthusiast Alan Dixon and long-time CB and scanning guru 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 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.

Here are the stories in the May | June 2016 issue
that has been posted online and is available to be downloaded:

The July | August 2016 issue is expected to be posted online no later than July 4.

Title of Article Author
Scanning: Seven sizzling summer scanning targets for you to monitor Chuck Gysi
Hobby radio: Go stealth mobile for your CB and scanning activity Mark Haverstock
Hobby radio: Wouxun VHF/UHF handhelds still are popular import radios Chuck Gysi
Last Page Out:  Our U.S. military erects an antenna in Iraq  
Thoughtwaves:  There are more and more MOTOTRBO digital signals on the air Chuck Gysi
Radio news of note:  Mr. Scanner's new CD includes public safety and FCC data NatCom staff
CB radio:  Citizens band is nearing 70 years old and its senior years Chuck Gysi
CB radio:  Check out our glossary of citizens band radio slang heard on the air NatCom staff




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