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A Tale of Two Radios: CommRadio CTX-10 vs. Elecraft KX2

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

A longtime ham and shortwave listener who enjoys taking his hobby into the field, Thomas was intrigued by two seemingly different transceivers that also appeared to have a lot in common. Which would be better for his purposes and why? Both offer low-power and battery-operated portability, but with a totally different design approach. Thomas examines the pros and cons of the CommRadio CTX-10 and the Elecraft KX2, not the least of which in the monetary component. 


TSM Reviews: SDRplay RSPdx Software Defined Radio

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

SDRplay Limited is a UK-based company that has been developing cutting-edge software defined radios since 2014 with its RSP1 model. In the ensuing years, newer models have offered advanced reception features on receivers capable of tuning from 1 kHz to 2 GHz at moderate price levels. In this review Larry takes a look at the company’s latest product, the SDRplay RSPdx and compares it with lower level SDRplay editions.


Radio in the Pre-Broadcast Era Series

The Trailblazers of Commercial Radio Manufacturing in the 1920s

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

Beneath the dust accumulated over 100 years of consumer-entertainment radio broadcasting are the names of literally hundreds of manufacturers who have largely disappeared since the AM band gold rush of 1920. Richard takes a look at the radios available 100 years ago and finds a long list of names that urgently filled a huge void in practical receivers that could capture the signals of the handful of commercial broadcast stations that burst onto the airwaves early in the second decade of the 20th Century.


TSM Annual Review of Books for Shortwave Listeners

Klingenfuss 2020 Shortwave Frequency Guide

Reviewed by Bob Grove W8JHD

Joerg Klingenfuss never disappoints serious shortwave listeners with his exhaustive databases, and these two latest releases are no exception.


2020 World Radio Television Handbook

Reviewed by Gayle Van Horn W4GVH

The 74th edition of World Radio TV Handbook continues to be a comprehensive reference book. It remains the gold standard as the most authoritative for a global radio and television audience and the gem of the broadcast industry.


Global Radio Guide

Reviewed by Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The Winter 2019-20 edition of the Global Radio Guide, now 500 pages, includes many full length articles on shortwave listening today, but the best part is the Global Radio Frequency Guide that makes tuning in to signals from around the globe faster and easier than ever.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Nassau County, New York and TIS Stations


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Monitoring Mysteries



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Monitoring the Australian Wildfires


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

HF Steps Up in Australian Fire Emergency


Shortwave Utility Logs

Compiled by Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Morphing the Planned Hexagon-type Antenna into a 2-Element Quad


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

DV: How Low Can You Go?


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Floods, Pestilence and Interference?


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

2020 DRM Shortwave Report: Trials and Tribulations


World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

MW/SW Pirates; Carrier Sleuth and SWL Fest 2020


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Vatican Radio; BBC and WBCQ


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Geminids 2019 and Quadrantids 2020


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Reflex: Crosley Trirdyn Special


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

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