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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 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 Ed Muro to Gordon West, to Jim Sutton, to our product reviewer Tom Swisher, CB specialist Chuck Gysi or our federal government reporter Mark Meece all contribute to make this the number one magazine for the radio crowd.  Top-notch editing ensures NatCom readers have the best material and the latest information for the radio hobby. Roving reporter Norm Schrein takes you to the heart of the action, riding through America's major cities, in the patrol car, behind the dispatch desk, or with firefighters, You meet the people and talk to the professionals. Tom Swisher shows you the latest equipment, often months before you'll ever see it on a store shelf. He runs each one through its paces so you can make intelligent, confident buying decisions. Plus there's do-it-yourself projects and much more. Best of all we're 100 percent 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 January | February 2016 issue
that has been posted online and is available to be downloaded:

The March | April 2016 issue is expected to be posted online no later than March 1.

Title of Article Author
Hobby radio: Propagation affects how you receive radio signals Mark Haverstock
CB radio:  Sideband mode offers an additional 80 CB "channels" Chuck Gysi
Scanning: Exploring software-defined black box receivers Jon Van Allen
Last Page Out:  Communications at Custons post in U.S. Virgin Islands  
Thoughtwaves:  Why does it seem scanner sales are dropping off? Chuck Gysi
Radio news of note:  Uniden announces EDACS ProVoice upgrade for some scanners NatCom staff
Scanning:  Enhance your monitoring with NatCom's three easy tips Chuck Gysi
Scanning:  Our cover feature is on using stealth antennas to hide your hobby from neighbors Chuck Gysi




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