January 2015 Issue

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K3LR: Contesting With the Big Guns

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

Looking at the cover photo on this month’s TSM prompts the question, “Does this guy have enough antennas?” That’s a question that’s been asked hundreds of times by drivers on Interstate 80 who pass by the amateur radio antenna farm just east of the Ohio border. Tim Duffy K3LR says, “No. You can never have too many antennas!” Since 1987, Duffy has spent countless hours building his dream station, as well as collecting numerous contest awards along with the operators that make up the K3LR Contest Team. This is their story.


Monitoring Utility and Amateur Radio Transmissions with a DVB-T Dongle

By Mario Filippi N2HUN

       With a small investment, any radio hobbyist can expand the reception capabilities of a DVB-T dongle to include long wave, medium wave and short wave frequencies. Creative individuals in the software industry have realized the potential of these diminutive, economically priced devices and have crafted programs that allow the dongle to function as multi-mode Software Defined Radios, when attached to a USB port of a computer.


Volunteer Interceptors: Listening for Terrorists

By Bob Patterson K5DZE

Any amateur, SWL or scanner monitor, who listens to a range of frequencies on a regular basis, soon learns what normally is heard over that range. These frequencies become the operator’s “radio neighborhood.” Should a Volunteer Interceptor (VI) service be organized within the radio enthusiast community to monitor radio frequencies for possible national and international threats?


AMIKO A3 FTA Satellite Receiver

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

If Apple made a Free-to-Air (FTA) satellite receiver it might look and perform like the AMIKO A3. In fact, opening the A3’s box, you might think you were opening a Mac; electronics manufacturers all seem to have taken a tip from Apple’s packaging concept. The Mac reference is a plus and a minus. Like a Mac, the A3 is modern in design, ruggedly built, and takes a little getting used to.


Why Go Digital?

By Cory GB Sickles W3UUV

          Digital voice (and data) radios are certainly here to stay. This is one of the fastest growing and evolving aspects of amateur radio today. Although DV’s roots extend back more than 25 years, we’re still introducing new ways to communicate with ones and zeros, through methods that will eventually put analog VHF FM where HF AM is today.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

Monitoring Digital Systems


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

A Year in Federal Monitoring


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

More Russian “Numbers” Mysteries


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

Have PacTOR, Will Travel The High Seas!


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Current Balun Bonus: Noise Reduction?


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The View Ahead, Through the Rearview Mirror


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Fundamentals: Radio Wave Propagation


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Jeff White, General Manager, WRMI Shortwave

Shortwave Listeners make their Voices Heard


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Change and Opportunity in the New Year


Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

Marine Radio Traffic and Heritage


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Firing Up the Neophyte 1

(Formerly: A Cure for PPHD)

Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Back to the Future


The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

This is a Test. This is only a Test.


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

On The Road Again: Mobile Antenna Concepts


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