A Letter From The Publisher: May 16, 1983

For Senior Writer Ed Magnuson, there are two personal statistics of which he keeps careful track. The first concerns something called DXing, or long-distance communications by amateur radio. Magnuson, call sign W21JB, is an enthusiastic practitioner: in the past seven years, operating his rig from his apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village, he has made at least one contact with 301 of the 315 "countries" from which ham radio broadcasts can originate (a total that includes a single country's widely separated parts, such as Hawaii and Alaska).

The other statistic Magnuson tabulates...

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