June 2024 TSM

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Solar Cycle 25: HF Madness in May

By Tomas Hood NW7US

     Between May 6 and May 8, five X-class and 27 M-class flares occurred. Eventually, some of those X-class flares ranked among the top nine of all X-class flares recorded in solar cycle 25. Tomas looks at these solar events not seen in 21 years.


2024 Hamvention Report

By Dan Veeneman

     The 2024 Hamvention took place from Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 at the Greene County Fair and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The theme this year was “Expanding Our Community.” 


Six Meters = Four Megs of Fun!

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     Most licensed amateur operators in the US hold Technician class licenses. This means that they have privileges that many are not taking advantage of—the multi-mode action available across the sprawling four MHz of the 6-meter band. 


An Experimental Approach for Measuring Antenna Gain Due to Counterpoise Orientation

By Dale Ostergaard N3HXZ

     Hams assess the performance of antenna configurations using field strength, Reverse Beacon Network (RBN), Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) and reports from on-air contacts. Dale’s thesis was that a portable vertical antenna with a single counterpoise shapes the signal direction along the axis of the counterpoise. He explains what he found.


Radio Waves, Secrecy and Ciphers

By Georg Wiessala

     The Cooke-Wheatstone ‘Electric Five Needle Telegraph’ was patented in June of 1837. Georg looks at the development of this telegraph and the ‘Playfair’ cypher which used the telegraph to send encrypted messages during the Victorian Era.


The Tragic and Forgotten Story of Leo John Ainsworth

By Scott A. Caldwell

     The early 1920s brought the Wild West to the new electronic frontier. Fortunes were made and lost almost overnight, and few would survive the ravages of the Great Depression in the following decade—Ainsworth-Gates Radio Co., was just one.


Many Flavors at the Radio Fest

By Chrissy Brand

     This month Chrissy looks at useful and not-so-useful apps as well as interesting podcasts that aid her radio listening experience, including some old favorites such as Deutsche Welle and CBC.


NextGen Emergency Mass Communications

By Fred Baumgartner K0FMB

     Radio and public safety have always and forever been bound together. The lives radio has saved and the reduction in human suffering is colossal. Fred explains NextGen EMC.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Prince Edward County; Cumberland County, Virginia


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Potpourri


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Great Balls of Fire: Cycle 25 Gets Serious


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

European and North American Pirate Shortwave Activity


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer



European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

SDRplay RSP DX2, Marconi at 150 and the 1,000-Year Radio


Bits and Bytes

By Gayle Van Horn W4GVH

BBC Special Broadcast; VOH-Africa; RFI and RTI Schedules


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Communications During the 2024 Hurricane Season


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

AMSAT’s GOLF Project


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Gonset G-50 6-Meter ‘Fixed Station Communicator’


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey N2AFX

More Medium Wave Excursions


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV



Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

More Mentoring, More Success!


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

NASA Looks at Northern Lights; The Meteor Shower Nobody Saw; China’s Lunar Mission

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