August 2021

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TSM Review: Field Testing the Xiegu X5105

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

     In this issue, Thomas takes an in-depth and out-of-doors look at a relatively inexpensive HF transceiver and finds, “The X5105 gets the job done, and it’s good at it. I’d even venture to say it’s a lot of fun to use. While it’s not refined, it’s ready to go wherever you go in the field.” Thomas reports that there’s more to this rig than rugged appeal.


Talking to the World via Amateur Radio Digital Voice

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

     Looking for a way to keep in touch with your ham friends wherever they are in the world, despite dismal propagation conditions? So was Larry. That’s when he discovered the world of VHF/UHF digital voice. In this introductory feature, Larry explains the technology and equipment used in digital voice and how you can take advantage of this low-cost, highly portable method of amateur radio communications.


Choosing an Electronic Logging Program

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

     Robert freely admits to being an overly cautious individual— paper logs cannot be subject to crashed hard drives, bricked SD cards, or overwritten files. There is security in having a “hard copy” of one’s contact logs. He also believes that the benefits of electronic logging far out-weigh the safety of paper logs, in fact, he argues that paper logs are not as secure as we might think. 


The Falklands War: Radio Broadcasting from the End of the Earth

By Scott A. Caldwell

     The Falkland Islands are a sparsely populated group of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean—a slice of Britain in a most forbidding climate. But the islands are also claimed by Argentina, which attempted to enforce that claim through a disastrous invasion in 1982. Scott relates the role that shortwave radio played during the ill-fated conflict.


TSM Reviews: Baofeng UV5R Handheld VHF/UHF Transceiver

By Bob Grove W8JHD

     This incredibly inexpensive 2-meter/440-MHz transceiver has been around for a long time. Bob notes that the primary complaint heard about this HT regards programming. “Finding an up-to-date programming procedure that incorporates newer features is quite a task.” So, he devised his own simpler procedure. He says, “The keyboard is a dual array of numeric entries and functional choices. It may be bewildering at first glance, but after a few successes, your stress level will go down.”


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Richmond County (GA); Douglas County (NV)


Federal Wavelengths

By Chis Parris

Mt. Weather and other Mysteries



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Monitoring MARS


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

A Quick Look at Russian HF


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Conferences, Achievements and Meteor Showers


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Zen and the Previously Owned—Part 1


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Portable Power Generators—the Basics


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Maunder, Schmaunder and Who Needs FT8 Anyway?


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

Collecting and Honoring Old Technology


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Radio Tirana’s Surprising Longevity; Radio Exterior de España; BBC Fare


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

GnuRadio and Monitoring the Galactic Hydrogen Band—Part 1


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Montgomery-Ward Catalog Set: Airline Model 62-256


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

Antennas: Breaking Bad

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