March 2014 Issue

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March 2014 Contents

Monitoring the Action at an Air Show

By Brian and Jo Marie Topolski

     Last year’s air show season was a no-show, thanks to the government sequester. But 2014 promises a full schedule of air show activity. Veteran air show goers and former Monitoring Times feature writers, Brian and Jo Marie tell what to take, what not to take and, more importantly, where to tune in, to catch all of the action that’s in the air.

Air Show Monitoring and Photography

By Kevin Burke

     Former Monitoring Times feature writer and aviation adventurer, Kevin Burke has his scanners and his camera ready for any mysterious appearance of interesting aircraft. Find out how he takes those amazing aircraft-in-flight photos.

TSM’s 2014 Air Show Schedule

     After a dismal 2013 air show schedule, your favorite aviation demonstration teams are back! Find out which teams will perform near you and when you can see them.

An Integrated Approach to Monitoring Aviation

By Dave Kelly

     New receiver design, coupled with more sophisticated software programs on more capable computers, yields a multi- disciplinary approach to scanning the air for civilian and military aircraft.

Use a DVB-T Dongle for VHF/UHF Monitoring

By Mario Filippi N2HUN

     Originally designed to turn desktop and laptop computers into Over-the-Air TV sets, these inexpensive DVB dongles can turn your computer into a software defined VHF/UHF radio. Mario shows you what works and what doesn’t.

Do-it-Yourself Drones

By Cory Koral K2WV

     Until now, drone aircraft were the useful tools of military organizations and super-secret spy agencies. Then these unmanned planes were utilized for all kinds of domestic organizations including police agencies, corporations, even environmental organizations. Now, they’re the playthings of high-tech geeks with a mastery of video games and a passion for flight.

March 2014 Columns

Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Weather Monitoring

Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Interoperability Revisited

Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

New Frequency for Cuban “Babbler”

Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

Monitoring Safety at Sea with GMDSS/DSC

Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Antennas: Height Makes Right!

Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Amateur Radio DX and QSLing Made Easy

Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Comparative Analysis with ACE-HF

The World of Shortwave Listening

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

Traveling Light, SWLing Right

The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Voice of Vietnam and Channel Africa

Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Amateur Radio Satellite Update

The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Mid-to-Late Season DX

Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

A Tale of Two Progressive Radios

The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

AM Improvement: The People Speak

Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Closer to Daylight: Antennas Above 54 MHz

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