February 2015 Issue

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Volume 2 Number 2                         Table of Contents                                         February 2015


Monitoring the Russian Navy (Part 1)

By Tony Roper

In previous articles, military monitoring specialist, Tony Roper, took us inside NATO war games (TSM July 2014) and showed us how to monitor the Russian Air Force (TSM October 2014). In the first of a series, Tony turns his attention to the Russian navy and shows you how you can listen in CW and, amazingly, even track their positions.


The Amateur Radio Parity Act is Down, But Certainly Not Out!

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, proposed last June by U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois), never got out of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. To paraphrase American author-humorist Mark Twain, the death of H.R. 4969, “is an exaggeration.” Proposed to protect radio amateurs and other communications hobbyists from private communities’ unreasonable antenna restrictions, it is expected to be back in play in the newly minted 114th Congress. Think of the legislation as merely hibernating.


Listening for WWII POWs

By Rich Post KB8TAD

It wasn't the New Year's Eve he had anticipated. Twenty-two year old Second Lieutenant George Klare was navigator on a B-17G bomber based in England. As part of the 418th squadron, he was at the navigator's table reviewing the flight path of the bomber in the direction of Hamburg and its synthetic oil refineries, which were so vital to the German war machine during World War II. He had no idea that this might indeed be the last time he would see London during the war.


W9GRS: Middle School Amateur Radio Station Update

By Troy Simpson W9KVR

Teaching junior high science can never be accused of being boring, at least here in rural Illinois.  Coming off what I would call a “rebuilding year,” in my last article, the 2014-2015 school year has seemed to hit its stride and halfway through we can say it has been a very eventful year! The school station W9GRS has settled into its new home in Room 115 with the sounds of PSK31 tones and voices often filling the air during the last class period of the day.


D-STAR – its History and its Future

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV


In 1999, about 10 years after the genesis of P25, the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) began developing a new standard for digital voice and data operation. Predominately funded by the Japanese government, in a similar – but different – way we might find a project funded by a grant allocation, the JARL committee’s work was released in 2001 and the Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio—D-STAR was created. But why has the second oldest and first digital voice methodology created specifically for amateur radio taken so long to take hold and what is its future? 



Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

Boseman, MT, Becker County, MN, and Phase-II


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

New York City Federal Monitoring Continued


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

Cuba Intrigue Continues


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

North Korea Diplomatic HF Operations


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Interference? You Ain’t seen Nothin’ Yet!


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Cuban Baseball, International News and World Music


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Fundamentals: the Ionosphere 

The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

2015 Winter SWL Fest


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Central European Shortwave Broadcasts


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Watching the LWA at Home


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

What can be heard on Longwave?

Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Admiral Bean-Counter Special


The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

The All-Important Ratings


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Down to Earth: An Overview of RF Ground Principles


Radio Horizons

“Shortwave Receivers Past & Present: Communications Receivers 1942-2013

By Fred Osterman N8EKU; Bose SoundTouch™ Wi-Fi Radio; “The Challenging Crystal Set” By Ray Cole; DXtreme Station Long – Multimedia Edition, Version 11.0


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