August 2020

Price: $3.00

Monitoring the New US Era in Space: Guide to the Florida Space Coast

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

The first crewed space launch from the US in nearly nine years took place May 30, as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center carrying two US astronauts. It was a launch that marked the first time in history that NASA astronauts were launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station. Times have changed and so have the radio systems related to monitoring the action in this new US era in space. Larry examines the monitoring possibilities.


TSM Reviews: Xiegu G90 HF Transceiver

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

When incredibly inexpensive transceivers from China started showing up on the market over a decade ago, Thomas was very skeptical. But after hearing reports from fellow hams active in the Parks on the Air and Summits on the Air programs, he decided to take a hard look at the specs. He liked was he saw, and he liked the price tag even better and now Thomas tells us why.


Power Trip

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

For decades, the worldwide landscape of HF amateur radio has been dominated by the ubiquitous 100-watt rig. And while a small but dedicated corps of operators plumb the depths of low power operating, in the back of many otherwise rational hams is a hankering for power—the kind of legal-limit, envy-inspiring, S-needle bending, wallet-draining power that invites the inevitable “5/9+40 dB over” report. Cory offers up a sobering cup of coffee while he examines the realities of such a power trip.


Radio and the Great Depression: FDR and the Voice of Reason

By Scott A. Caldwell

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was not the first president of the US to be heard on the new medium of radio. But by 1933, the combination of the Great Depression and widespread popularity of radio thrust FDR into the homes of America just when they needed a voice of reason most. And, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, America clung to his every word crackling through their radios.


Using Trees as Antennas

By John Piliounis SV1OCS

Prompted by curiosity about how HF communications can be done in dense forests and jungles, John embarked on some research. This brought him to the discovery of a 100-year-old secret: A US General promoted an idea in radio magazines of the time that trees could be used as antennas with surprising effectiveness.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Scanning Elmore County (ID) and El Dorado County (CA)


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Scanning from the Bubble



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Monitoring the 380-400 MHz LMR Sub-band in the US


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

S28 Update: The Buzzer’s Many Moods


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Virtual Hamfests and VHF & Above Contests


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

Radiators Radiating


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Radio Garden


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

Noise, Noise, Everywhere Noise


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

RAE Argentina; Radio Marti; BBC Fare


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

QrssPiG—Meteor Monitoring 


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Ameco and the TX-62 Transmitter

Shopping Cart
Your cart is empty.