Feb 2024 TSM

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Medium Frequency Antennas and Transmit/Receive Switching

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     Some of the most successful antenna designs for low to medium frequencies are as old as radio itself; the venerable Beverage antenna comes to mind. What’s new is the technology used to switch among several antennas for the best reception. Cory looks at several such devices that may help.


Ionospheric Storms and Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

     Last month Tomas looked at how Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances (SID) impact activities in the high frequencies. This month Tomas explores what happens to the Earth’s magnetosphere when it is disturbed by a solar wind shockwave.


Monitoring Canada’s Saint Clair River

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

     Our amateur radio satellite columnist changes his focus this month as he revisits a lifelong interest in more down to earth monitoring. Living along Canada’s Saint Clair River, Keith relates listening to the constant flow of marine traffic along this important trade route. It’s not just listening, but seeing as well, as his interest in photography reveals.


Innovation and Performance: A look back at the Kenwood R-5000 Receiver

By Rob Wagner VK3BVW

     The mid-1980s may be considered the height of shortwave listening. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union and before the advent of the internet, the shortwave bands were packed with broadcasters. Kenwood produced some of the best shortwave radios available. Rob looks back at the iconic R-5000 receiver—one of the best of the day.


Science, Performance and the Paranormal: Oliver Lodge (1851-1940)

By Georg Wiessala

     From its inception, radio has benefitted from the towering intellects of the world’s scientists and theorists. One such scientist was Oliver Lodge, whose work appeared in the earliest radio publications until near his death in 1940 at the age of 89. But like many of his era, Lodge was also interested in the spirit world of the paranormal.


CONELRAD: How the US Prepared for the Unthinkable

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

     The Cold War Era of the Nuclear Age came close more than once to a cataclysmic end. The need to do something—anything—that might assure survival in a nuclear attack resulted in a radio system designed to respond to the unthinkable event of nuclear war. Richard explains the CONELRAD radio system.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Nevada Shared Radio System


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Wavelengths Goes Exploring


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Final WRC-23 Wrap-up


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

Seasonal HF Pirate Radio Stations


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

February Shortwave Highlights


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Technician Class Voice Privileges on the 10-Meter Band


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB8VL

Type-IV Solar Emission: November 28, 2023


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

‘The Pilot’s Preference’ Learavian RM-402C Receiver


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

Klingenfuss 2024 Publications; Propagation Routines and News


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Thoughts on Icom’s New D-Star Repeaters


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Can JS8Call Take the Sting Out of K1JT’s Deadly Legacy?


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Was K9YO-15 Shot Down?

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