August 2023 TSM

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Incoming! An Introduction to Meteor Scatter Propagation

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

The ephemeral streaks of light that delight on summer nights are also fleeting opportunities for quick-fingered hams taking advantage of momentary atmospheric propagation to make contacts. Robert explains the history and science behind meteor scatter propagation and shows how to use the latest software to make it happen for you. 


‘No-Tune’ Antennas: A Perfect Match for Your Radio?

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

Almost an amateur radio Holy Grail—the all-band vertical or horizontal antenna has tantalized hams since the beginning of the radio age. There are a good number of such antennas on the market but how well do they actually work? Mark takes a deep dive into this topic and even shows how to build one for your own experiments.


A Mighty Kingdom: The Discoveries of Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (1857-1894)

By Georg Wiessala

The science and art of radio as we know it today was built upon the discoveries of many pioneers. Georg explains that it was Hertz who took Maxwell’s theory of the electromagnetic field and applied it to the actual transmission of radio waves and while it took some considerable time, lent his name to the standard measure of frequency.


Summertime and the Listening is Easy

By Chrissy Brand

There’s nothing like a summer road trip and the best way to enjoy it is to crank up the volume on the radio. Chrissy shows us what’s playing on her radio as she travels about England and various parts of Europe. Tuning into French DAB-FM radio as she tools down the coastal roads of southern England is a treat. She also has a chance to reminisce once more about listening to the cricket Ashes series on longwave.


Antennas for the Great Indoorsman

By Jock Elliott KB2GOM

Many hams and shortwave listeners find themselves in living quarters that aren’t conducive to transmitting or receiving well in the radio spectrum. Jock explores some of the antennas he has tried from AM DX to scanner listening. From super-cheap, basic antennas you can build yourself to pricey active antennas, Jock puts them all to the test at his own listening post.


Bridge by Radio: The Story of WSAI

By Scott A. Caldwell

One hundred years ago, one of the most popular card games in the world was about to get a huge boost from the world’s latest electronic craze. The game was Bridge, and the game changer was WSAI—an Ohio radio station that was started by the United States Playing Card Company. The concept was to have live hands of Bridge with play-by-play commentary by experts aired over a network of twenty radio stations covering the US from coast-to-coast. Bridge enthusiasts at home, even on trains, tuned in to the action.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Bexar and Guadaloupe Counties, Texas


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Monitoring Myths, Mysteries and Legends


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

New Zealand Discontinues Weather Fax


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

Radio News from Africa, Asia, and the Pacific 


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

WBCQ Favs Return; New WRMI Offerings; Radio Ifrikya FM and More



By Tomas Hood NW7US

Radio Bursts and Solar Flares (Part One)


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Broadcast Satellite Hunting in the AOR


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Planetary Lightning and Radio Astronomy


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Novice MOPA: Heathkit AT-1


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

Antarctic Horror; Chinese DX and International Radio Museums


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV



Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Summer Projects


VHF & Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

The Latest Proposed Replacement for the Arecibo Dish

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