July 2014 Issue

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July 2014 Contents

Feature Articles

Monitoring NATO War Games 

By Tony Roper

     Twice each year the United Kingdom hosts NATO’s Operation “Joint Warrior,” a combined military exercise that includes major European countries as well as the US, Canada and often non-NATO countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. For monitors who follow such exercises closely, it’s a chance to tune in via HF, VHF and UHF to monitor some fairly exotic modes. It also offers some dramatic photo opportunities for those lucky enough to be close by. Longtime military monitor, Tony Roper, tells us how it’s done, where to listen and what you’ll hear.


From Plane Spotter to Air Traffic Controller

By Tony Roper

     You might think that growing up just four miles from runway 10R at London’s Heathrow airport, it would be mandatory for a kid to be interested in aircraft communications. But it wasn’t until a teenage Tony Roper was given an analog VHF radio that featured the aviation band, that he connected those countless flights overhead with what he heard on that radio. It sent him on a 25-year career path as both a Royal Air Force and civilian air traffic controller. He also became a writer and photographer specializing in military monitoring.


Moonbounce: Earth-Moon-Earth Basics

By Bob DeVarney W1ICW

     As with most space-related communications, bouncing radio signals off the surface of the Moon, a distance of almost a quarter-million miles, has usually been the domain of NASA, the military, or a few of the world’s most well-heeled hams. But, thanks to inexpensive, high-powered computers, exceedingly capable software and relatively cheap antennas, Earth- Moon-Earth (EME) transmissions are now possible for average hams. Bob DeVarney W1ICW traces the origins of EME and his own efforts that have netted him 53 DXCC entities and counting!

Monitoring the Chesapeake Bay by Sea and Air   

By Dave Kelly

     America’s Chesapeake Bay is the world’s largest estuary, with a watershed that encompasses 64,000 square miles. It’s also home to nearly constant state, local, federal and military communications on an amazing assortment of frequencies. It’s also home to Wallops Island Flight Center, Virginia’s own spaceport. From Navy Seal training in the Bay’s backwaters to the thunder of rocket launches on the shore, the Chesapeake Bay offers an abundance of radio monitoring and the best crab cakes you’ll ever eat.


Dixon, California: America’s Shortwave Mecca

By John Schneider W9FGH

     The incredibly flat land around Dixon, California, was not only good for raising crops out to the horizon, it also proved a great launching point for shortwave signals that went thousands of miles beyond that same horizon. Radio historian and former Monitoring Times feature writer, John Schneider W9FGH, relates the amazing story of the rise and fall of this legendary West Coast shortwave city.


 July 2014 Columns

 Scan America

 By Dan Veeneman

 Public Safety vs. Industrial/Business Pool Frequencies


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Who am I Hearing on these Federal Frequencies?


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

On the Trail of FAV22/M51


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

More ALE MIL-STD-188-141A Protocol and ALE Networks


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Hugh Stegman NV6H


Amateur Radio Insights

By  Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Takin’ it to the Streets (and Hills!)


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Satellite Radio vs. Wi-Fi Radio


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Starting an Adventure on the High Frequencies


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Keith Perron

Shortwave Broadcasting Needs More Than Just News


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Summer Shortwave and Online Listening


Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

Summer Maritime Traffic


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Vintage Longwave Listening


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Marc Ellis N9EWJ

The Coming of the AC Tube


The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

Wheres that Station?

Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Beyond the Rubber Ducky: Antennas for 144 and 432 MHz

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