January 2022 TSM

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The Scorpion Antenna: An All-Band Antenna for Space or HOA Restricted Hams

By Gordon Bousman NW7D

If you are one of the many hams who have moved into a Home Owner’s Association (HOA) community with antenna restrictions, you probably think that your ham career is over. The answer is: maybe not! Gordon details how enterprising hams in a large community with very restrictive antenna rules have persuaded the powers-that-be to allow amateurs (and other radio enthusiasts) to erect a modest appearing outside antenna that really performs.


Forecasting Space Weather: A Complex Challenge

By Tomas Hood NW7US

It’s a new year. Solar Cycle 25 is spinning up, with an ever increasing number of sunspots. What is the state of propagation on shortwave frequencies throughout this year? And why are we tracking space weather if we are mostly interested in conditions directly involved in our transmission and reception of radio waves in the shortwave spectrum from 3 MHz to 30 MHz?


KQV: 100 Years in the Shadow of KDKA

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

KQV is the legacy Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, radio station that history forgot. With a similar amateur background to its better-known rival KDKA, KQV traces its radio roots through FCC records back to mid-1921. The station officially went on the air 100 years ago January 9, 1922, and is still on the air today—barely—as a whisper of its former self. 


Edward R. Murrow: Inventor of Broadcast Journalism

By Scott Caldwell

Born into poverty in rural North Carolina and relocated to an equally rural home in northern Washington State, legendary newsman, Edward R. Murrow, had a humble beginning. But a favorite speech professor at college taught him the advantage of using his voice for communicating ideas. Not long after graduating, with war looming on the horizon, Murrow soon became CBS radio’s Director of European Operations. The move would allow him to take advantage of the immediacy of radio broadcasting and invent radio journalism.


A Beginner’s Guide to AM DX

By Loyd Van Horn W4LVH

It’s easy to do and a great way to while away a long winter’s evening—AM band listening for the most distant station you can hear. But be forewarned—it’s addictive! Loyd, a thirty-year AM band DXer shows us that after 100 years, the broadcast band still delivers the DX. 


TSM Reviews:

The Worldwide Listening Guide by John A. Figliozzi

Winter 2021-22 Global Radio Guide by Gayle Van Horn

Reviewed by Ken Reitz KS4ZR

John Figliozzi’s Worldwide Listening Guide is a spiral-bound 168-page paper book that is not only an important guide for new world-band listeners but handy for longtime shortwave listeners as well.

Gayle Van Horn’s Global Radio Guide is a Kindle e-book listing all mediumwave and shortwave broadcasters and their frequencies by UTC around the clock. If you know what time it is, you’ll know what frequency to find your favorite international broadcasters.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Kent County, Michigan


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Scanning Nebraska, New Mexico and El Paso



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Mystery Russian HF Military Stations, Part Two


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

On the Trail of MARSCOMM RTTY


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Jeff White, Chairman, HFCC

Shortwave and the Utah Connection


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

January on Shortwave and ‘Marion’s Attic’


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

ATSC 3.0 Progress; HD Radio and Expanding Satellite Radio


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Eico ST-40: An Integrated Hi-Fi Stereo Amplifier from 1961


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

The ‘L’ Antenna Option


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Bad Weather Blues


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

IC 705 After Market Item: A Go Box

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