August 2016

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TSM Reviews:

LD-5 HF Ham Radio QRP Transceiver

By James Hannibal KH2SR

     The LD-5, made in USA by LNR Precision Inc., is an amazing little QRP, 5-band SSB/CW amateur radio transceiver that’s small and light enough to fit in just about any backpack, making this one of the most portable SSB, multi-band, HF rigs currently on the market. James puts this little rig through its paces on a trip down the length of the US west coast with pleasing results.

Vacation Scanning on the Rails

By Eric Beheim

     For scanner enthusiasts, traveling by rail offers an opportunity to monitor the radio communications that are being sent and received onboard their trains. These communications include conversations between the train’s crewmembers, conversations between dispatchers and the engineer, and the periodic reports from radio alarm detectors. Listening in on these transmissions not only helps to make the trip more interesting, but also provides greater insight into what it takes to keep a passenger train running in a safe and timely manner.

China Radio International: Evolution of a Shortwave Radio Station

By Fred Waterer

     China Radio International is one of the largest broadcasting agencies in the world, as befits one of the world’s economic and military superpowers. Today’s CRI is a mainstream voice of Asia, portraying a sense of order and normalcy. One could easily mistake a current broadcast from China as being from BBC or Radio Japan. This is in stark contrast to broadcasts of past decades, which mirrored the chaotic political situation in the country. Fred looks back at his many years of listening to the radio voice of China.

CB Radio and More: Two-Way Radio No-License Alternatives

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     There are many facets to the communications receiving hobby—shortwave listening, scanner monitoring, exploring utility stations and more. If you develop the urge to transmit and hold conversations with others, we typically think about earning an amateur radio license and exploring all it has to offer, which is quite a bit, indeed. However, there are some avenues to enjoying two-way communications that you may have overlooked such as CB (HF), GMRS and FRS (both UHF) and MURS (VHF). In this series of articles, we’ll explore these options and find ways to get as much enjoyment out of them as possible.

Classic Dozen: When it comes to Vintage Ham Gear, what’s in a (Great) Name?

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

     Over many decades, there have been scores of radio manufacturers that have come-and-gone or are thriving yet. Here are a dozen whose products, in one way or another, qualify as “vintage.” You will find many of their classic radios are not only still on the air every day, but readily available, some inexpensively, in today’s vintage market. Richard traces the origins of some venerable radio names.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

Madison County (MO), Fire Service & Amtrak


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

When Federal Frequencies aren’t Federal


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

When the Going gets Tough, the Tough Tune the Radio


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

Army MARS and TSA PACTOR Network Changes


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

Evangelists and Cheerleaders


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Juggling VHF/UHF Contests and a DIY Antenna for 2-Meters


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Let’s Talk


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Radio and TV via FTA Satellite on Intelsat 21


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Did He Really Do it?


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

Something Old, Something New: Kenwood R-5000 and Tecsun PL-680 Receivers


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Top Shortwave Programs and a Tiny Change in Time


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Using FITS Viewers with Radio Astronomy Images


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Contributor’s Guide to TLZ


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Wakening the Knight: Allied Radio’s TR-106 6-Meter AM Transceiver


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Antenna 101: Review of the Basics Part 2

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