June 2016

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TSM Reviews:

Finally, a Mobile Shortwave Radio that Works

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

Every scheme to receive shortwave radio inside the typical sedan or minivan has its shortfalls, some far greater than others. Now there is a product on the market that not only makes listening to shortwave in the car possible, but actually easy. Shortwave listening guru, Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL, literally takes the new BST-1 mobile shortwave receiver for a spin.


Monitoring Russian HF Military Networks

By Tony Roper

This month, military monitoring specialist, Tony Roper, is sticking with the current theme of monitoring the Russian military networks, starting with yet another mission by the Russian Air Force with a pair of their Tu-160 Blackjacks circumnavigating the UK, down into the English Channel between England and France. Then he follows elements of the Russian navy, tracking them as far as Antarctica, all from the comfort of his home listening post in Scotland.


Wi-Fi Radio Primer Part 3: Two Wi-Fi Radios

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

In April Thomas discussed what makes Wi-Fi radios “tick”––their ability to find radio stations via radio station aggregators. In May he took a quick look at various Wi-Fi radio manufacturers whose models use proper aggregators with market longevity, with reviews of the C.Crane Wi-Fi and Sangean WFR-28 Wi-Fi radios. In the finale, he looks at two completely different Wi-Fi radios—the Grace Digital Mondo and the Amazon Echo.


Your TV System is Changing – Again!

By Mike Kohl

Remember the Great ATSC digital TV conversion of 2009? Now, it’s about to happen again, this time with ATSC 3, a new digital TV scheme that will also require “repacking” the Over-the-Air TV band—all for the benefit of Internet delivery over wireless devices. Mike tells us how this will affect us all.


TSM Reviews:

Icom IC-7300 Button and Knob SDR Transceiver

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

In a world of increasing noise, requiring even better filtering and signal processing than ever before, Software Defined Radio (SDR) is rapidly becoming the logical way to go. Icom’s introduction of the new IC-7300 is shaking up an HF transceiver market that has been complacent for the last 15 years or so. Mark notes, “With the 7300, you get the benefits of direct conversion SDR without the rig being tethered to a computer. This makes it easier for portable and field use.”


Your New CB “Good Buddy,” the SDR Dongle

By Mario Filippi N2HUN

TSM regular contributor, Mario Filippi N2HUN, is always finding new uses for the inexpensive SDR dongle. This time he has turned his attention to the world of Citizens Band radio. He recalls the colorful history of CB in the US and listens in to stalwart CB operators today from around the country and across the Atlantic, undeterred by propagation and the declining solar cycle.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

New Scanner News; Ocean City, Maryland


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

More Summer Vacation Scanning


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

Spring 2016 “Numbers” Update


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

Reader’s Questions and an Update on US SHARES NCS PacTOR Network


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

Beer-Budget Digital Repeater Project


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

June: The Month of VHF and Above Contesting


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Tales of Junk Boxes and Counterfeit Parts


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

FM Radio Reception Part 1: Stalking the FM Band in a Time of Excessive Translators and Boosters


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Propagation and Field Day 2016


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

NYC FM Pirates; Atlantis Radio on MW and FM Pirates in China


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

New SW Programs and Korea: North vs. South


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Yet More AMSAT History


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Summer Strategies for LW DX


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Another Heavy Hammarlund HQ-129X Part 2: Voltage and Alignment


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Antenna Improv: Portable and Temporary Antennas

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