April 2015 Issue

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Volume 2 Number 4                         Table of Contents                                               April 2015


Scanning North America’s Railroads

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

The good news for the vast majority of railroad scanners is that 95 percent of railroad communication takes place on good ol’ analog FM. So, if you have a scanner capable of covering the railroads’ 96 FCC-assigned VHF channels, you’ve already got everything you need. You’ll be known in the vernacular as a “railfan” – of the radio-operatus specie.


FT-991: Yaesu’s Latest Shack-in-the-Box

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

The Yaesu FT-991is both a competent rig that has a feature set that will satisfy most hams. Added VHF/UHF capabilities make it a very versatile rig for many applications. Yaesu’s touch screen goes a long way to help demystify menu selections. Find out why Mark thinks the FT-991 is a perfect fit for just about any ham shack, portable and Field Day use.


Digitally Speaking: Battery Considerations for Digital Portables

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

Digital voice transceivers have more sophistication and complexity going on inside of them than similar analog FM rigs—especially when it comes to portables. That little radio in your hand, and the computer chips driving the extra features needs, additional current to keep everything going.


The Thrift Store Amateur

By Chris Friesen VE4CWF

If money has never been a problem, and you’ve always been able to buy your equipment factory fresh—congratulations—this article is not for you. If however, you have always had difficulty justifying the purchase of a new piece of station equipment, because you need your money to buy groceries, then you might find some encouragement in what Chris is writing about.


2015 Winter SWL Fest Recap

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

Every year at the end of at the first of March for the last 28 years, the North American Shortwave Association (NASWA) has hosted its annual Winter Shortwave Listening Fest. This year saw over 100 devoted SWLers brave severe winter weather to gather in Pennsylvania to share their passion for shortwave.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

P25: A Tale of Two Systems


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Super Bowl XLIX Wrap-up


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

New Use for US Marine Channels?


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

3G Wideband Protocols Are Arriving on HF


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

My Friend Ferrite: Interference Part 3


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The Art and Science of Chasing DX


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

More Sunspot Mysteries Revealed


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

The QSL Card – At What Cost?


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Radio, History and Business Today


Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

Radio Surprises and Changes


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Tuning in to Natural Radio


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Real McCoy: A 1957 Novice Transmitter


The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

Stuffing 85 Channels into a 32-Channel Sack


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Nothing Ventured: Understanding Antenna Gain


Radio Horizons

TSM Reviews: 2014 Pirate Radio Annual


TSM Bookshelf

Recommended Reading for TSM Readers

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