July 2023 TSM

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Development of Radio Remote Broadcasts

By John Schneider W9FGH

Even in the 1920s there was a need for programs to originate outside the studio building itself. Live broadcasts of sporting events and other programming forced broadcast engineers to use their imagination to bring these events to their listeners. John traces the development of the equipment needed to make this happen.


The Bing Crosby Philco: Model 46-1201

By Rich Post KB8TAD

In the 1940s, you would be hard pressed to name a single entertainer who was more popular than crooner Bing Crosby—the number one box office attraction for five consecutive years from 1944-48. When he appeared in full-page ads for the Philco 1201, it quickly became the Bing Crosby Philco. Rich explains the unusual feature of this radio/record player that “plays automatically!”


The All American Five

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

It was the longest-lived radio design ever, spanning some six decades. The one thing it was missing was the one thing that made it affordable: the power transformer. Mark takes a close look at the simple five-tube design known as the ‘All American Five’ radio that could be fed directly from the AC power mains or DC.


WLAC: The R&B Soul of Music City

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Nashville is known as the capital of country music, but there was a time when it was also the rhythm and blues capital of the US as well. After following the traditional radio programming route from 1927 through the WWII years, WLAC sought to find its own recipe for success. In 1946 that turned out to be a new type of music that was gaining popularity particularly in the South.


Science, Industry and Radio

By Chrissy Brand

One hundred years ago radio had become a global sensation. Suddenly, music, news and theatrical entertainment became available to everyone for the price of a radio (and, in some cases, a small license fee). Chrissy traces some of the earliest UK radio stations and takes a look at some milestones in broadcasting encountered throughout her travels around Great Britain and Europe.


“Winning French Minds: Radio Propaganda in Occupied France, 1940-42” By Denis Courtois

Reviewed by Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Author Denis Courtois has written a close examination of the radio propaganda war fought in Europe between two Nazi-sponsored French radio stations and the BBC. His book resonates today with the global rise of fascism and should be required reading for today’s college journalism and mass media programs.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Scanning South Dakota


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Tools for Federal Monitoring



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Interesting Intercept: Italian Military Satellite Sircal 1B


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Greasy Suits and Oily Rags: Strange US Military Broadcasts


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chase-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Valter Aguiar

Brazilian DX Clubs, Radio Senda Cristiana, Radio Lira, and Radio Nacional


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Canada D’eh! WBCQ, WRMI SW News


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

A High-Gain Compact VHF/UHF-TV Antenna


Medium Wave Radio

By Loyd Van Horn W4LVH

Look, Ma, No Hands! Fully Autonomous AM/FM/TV DXing


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

RTÉ 252 Closure, EU SW News and UK Radio Museums


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The ‘All-American Five’: Two Zenith Clock Radios and Hallicrafters S-38EM


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

A Deeper Dive into Transmission Lines


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Big is Beautiful


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

The Challenge of ARISS Contacts

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