|TUNED IN: Tailor your radio needs to where you fish. Illustration: Drew Friedman|
Before I began writing about fishing and boats full-time, I flew combat reconnaissance missions as a U.S. Navy radio operator. One of my preflight duties was to make sure the aircraft's high-frequency radios were operating properly. From our base in southern Spain, I could routinely make voice contact with Elmendorf Air Force Base, just outside Anchorage, Alaska. That's a distance of roughly 5,300 miles. In those early morning conditions, the waves bounced off the ionosphere to the frozen tundra and back to my headset.