RADIO/waves review in Utne

Utne Magazine Review August 2006

DJ Frederick's zine, the /wave project is devoted to shortwave and pirate radio. The third issue, "RADIO/waves," covers pirate (a.k.a., "free") radio from technical instruction -- "Single Side Band" and "How to hear your first pirate" -- to personal experiences with the medium. Also included are interviews with the likes of Alan Maxwell, a sub-cultural hero. DJ Frederick's veneration for this elusive mode of contact emanates from the page, drawing any reader in, pirate radio fan or otherwise. Even tech-speak has a tendency to become poetic through his words, as in his explanation of propagation: "Shortwave radio signals are capable of reaching the other side of the planet because they can be refracted by the ionosphere." -- Suzanne Lindgren