December 2023 TSM

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Kilocycle Palaces: Network Radio’s Opulent Studio Buildings of the 1930s and 40s

By John Schneider W9FGH

     By the 1930s radio had shed its experimental nature and became a big business. Both NBC and CBS had become immensely popular and profitable businesses. With nearly unlimited advertising money flowing into the network coffers, no cost was spared by either network on lavish new studio facilities around the US.


The R. L. Drake Company: Ahead of Their Time

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

     Drake radios are really an icon in ham radio history. The audio quality is outstanding, the selectivity first rate, and you can put out a big signal—300 watts PEP. And, though many that you’ll find used are more than 50 years old, they’ll still hold their own with the modern radios in your shack. Mark looks at the history of this much-loved radio manufacturer.


70 Years of the Historic CK722 Transistor

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

     With the invention of the transistor in June 1948, came the dawn of a new era of electronics. In 1953 Raytheon, the maker of the CK722 transistor, was offering $10,000 in prize money to hobbyists who come up with “the most ingenious applications of their junction transistor.” Richard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the introduction of this electronic marvel to the world’s radio hobbyists.


Politically Inspired Radio Traitors of WWII

By Fred Waterer

     Longtime shortwave listener and author of TSM’s The Shortwave Listener column, Fred Waterer, looks at the long list of WWII radio personalities whose broadcasts to troops and supporters on both sides earned the wrath and ridicule of listeners worldwide. Their short-lived celebrity status sometimes ended in obscurity, prison, or execution.


A Towering Ambition: Tesla at Wardenclyffe

By Georg Wiessala

     Nikola Tesla was an ambitious dreamer of extravagant projects that walked the thin line between science and fiction at a time when the public couldn’t tell the difference. Georg takes up the tale of Tesla’s scheme to radiate electrical energy through high-frequency waves propagated through the earth itself with funding from no less than J. P. Morgan, the great industrial tycoon.


Vintage Radio’s Social Legacy

By Chrissy Brand

     This month Chrissy examines how radio of the past can play a role in society today, in public spaces from art galleries to cafes and in old-time radio broadcasts as well as recent revered weekly shows that entertained as well as educated. Best of all, she finds that they are still heard today, sometimes on podcasts and sometimes even on the air.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Scanning Walton County, Florida


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Airport Travel Monitoring


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

WRC-23 World Radio Conference Begins


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

Anniversaries, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vanuatu and B23 Changes


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Holiday Shortwave Programming


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

A Month of Jubilees and Mediterranean MW


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The World of Digital AM/FM/SW Reception


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Spotlight on DOSSAF-85 (RS-44)


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Megacycle Meter—Measurements Model 59 and other GDOs


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin Carey N2AFX

Receiver, Radio, BC-453-B


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Mobile Antennas in Compromising Positions


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Science is Always Wrong—End-Fed Edition


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

GPS Spoofing Grows in Frequency as Wars Break Out 


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