February 2023 TSM

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Weather and Radio: Three Ways to Explore RTTY

By Georg Wiessala

The shortwave bands continue to be a source of interesting weather-related transmissions from radio facsimile satellite images to weather bulletins from the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Among these broadcasts are radioteletype (RTTY) messages from a variety of sources. Georg looks at new ways to receive these broadcasts, some of which have only recently been available. He also explains how you can enjoy this part of the hobby even if you don’t have an HF receiver.


The Role of Women in US Radio History

By Scott Caldwell

By the mid-1920s nearly every major city in the US had a professional radio station and by 1937 75 percent of the country had at least one radio receiver in the house. That led to developing roles for women including many stereotypical roles. As the century progressed, so did the expectations of women in broadcasting. Scott traces the careers of several of the women in US broadcasting who were the pioneers.


Dipole on ‘Wheels’

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Among the millions of hams around the world who are licensed for the HF bands, the most popular antenna is the lowly wire dipole. It serves a number of great purposes including cost, ease of installation, and maintenance. But dipoles have some drawbacks. Cory explains the shortcomings and offers some inexpensive solutions to expand the capabilities of what becomes a versatile performer.


Tuning in to UK Student Radio

By Chrissy Brand

The student radio scene in the UK all began at University Radio York in 1968, when it became the country’s first legal independent radio station. There are said to be around 65 student radio stations in the UK, including medium wave, FM and online only. Regardless of how they are received, these stations remain a valuable training ground for commercial and public broadcasting institutions throughout the UK.


Klingenfuss Shortwave Frequency Guides

By Bob Grove W8JHD

Throughout the last 50 years, Klingenfuss Publications has seen a lot of radio related publications come and go. Still publishing paper editions of both their Guide to Utility Radio Stations and Shortwave Frequency Guide, Klingenfuss also offers a CD-ROM that combines both. Bob takes a look at these massive shortwave references.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Monitoring for the Beginner



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Aero SELCAL 32 Implementation is Delayed


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Aero SELCAL Expansion Happens at Last


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

Shortwave Pirate Activity on the Rise for 2023


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

February Shortwave Programming


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

More AM Antennas, Wall Wart Hash and Freeband SSTV


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

Future of BBC; RTL Closure; British DX Club’s “Europe on Shortwave’


Medium Wave Radio

By Loyd Van Horn W4LVH

Online Resources for MW DXers


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

WWV 25 MHz Intruder and the 2022 Geminids Meteor Shower


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Zenith’s Own Transoceanic Clone: Zenith Meridian L-507


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

When the 10.7-cm Radio Flux Exceeds 200


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Ahead of its Time


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Not Your Father’s Wire; Remembering CO2KK


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Celebrating the Life of Arnie Coro CO2KK

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