National Communications Magazine

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National Communications Magazine
Cover of the July-August 2016 PDF issue of National Communications Magazine
Editor and publisherChuck Gysi (2014-present)
Former editorsNorm Schrein (1988-2014)
FormatWeekly paid subscription website on, bimonthly PDF online until April 2023, bimonthly print until 2013
PublisherSCAN Media LLC
FounderNorm Schrein
Final issue2023 (PDF), 2012 (print)
CompanySCAN Media LLC
Based inAledo, Illinois

National Communications Magazine is a subscription-based weekly publication produced on the Substack platform that covers scanner radios, citizens band radio, the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS) and the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS).[1] It converted from a bimonthly online PDF publication to Substack in April 2023 and from print to online PDF publication at the end of 2012.[2] The current editor and publisher is Chuck Gysi.[3]

Early history[edit]

National Communications Magazine traces its beginnings to 1988,[2] when Norm Schrein of Ohio created a newsletter for radio enthusiasts. A four-page The Radiogram carried a date of September-October 1988 and carried articles about monitoring the high seas and Fox Marketing leaving the scanner radio business.

The September-October 1990 issue of the Bearcat Radio Club membership newsletter contained seven pages and articles about scanning cordless phones, frequency lists and questions from readers. The November-December 1990 issue was called Scanning Confidential and carried articles about aviation scanning, New York City scanning, frequency lists and new products. It contained 12 pages.

The March-April 1991 issue carried the title National Scanning Report[2] and Norm Schrein was joined in the operation by Larry Miller of Pennsylvania. Miller served as editor while Schrein continued as president of the Bearcat Radio Club. The edition was labeled as Volume 2, Number 2 on its masthead and contained 36 pages.

The November-December 1993 issue dropped "Report" in its name[2] and became National Scanning, or NatScan for short. The September-October 1995 issue was the last to carry Larry Miller's business listing in the publication and Jim Sutton was named the magazine's new editor in the November-December 1995 issue. The magazine began using color photos on its covers. The magazine still seemed to be produced by Larry Miller's business during this time, though.

The May-June 1996 issue of National Scanning saw the return of Larry Miller on the masthead with Joe Nooney as editor. The September-October 1997 issue of the magazine saw the last change in the name of the publication to National Communications,[2] or Nat-Com. It still was being produced by Miller.

The July-August 1998 issue of National Communications showed that complete operation of the magazine was under Norm Schrein, with Larry Miller gone from the publication agreement. The publication not only was a benefit of the Bearcat Radio Club, but also the National Citizens Band Center, both operated by Schrein.

Recent history[edit]

The July-August 2014 issue of National Communications (now nicknamed NatCom without the hyphen) saw two changes. Chuck Gysi, a writer for the magazine since 1996, became the publication's new owner, editor and publisher as Norm Schrein retired from the publication. In addition, the offices for the magazine were moved[2] from Kettering, Ohio, to Aledo, Illinois.

In April 2023, the magazine discontinued PDF-produced issues[4] on a bimonthly basis and started publishing articles multiple times per week through its new paywall subscription website on Substack. Content expanded to all hobby radio topics[2] on the new site, including shortwave listening, AM/FM/TV DXing and FCC Part 15 low-power broadcasting.


  1. ^ "NatComMag".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g N2DUP, Chuck Gysi |. "National Communications Magazine FAQ". Retrieved 2023-05-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Substack. "Chuck Gysi | N2DUP | Substack". Retrieved 2023-05-09.
  4. ^ N2DUP, Chuck Gysi |. "Welcome to the NEW National Communications Magazine". Retrieved 2023-05-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

External links[edit]

Official website