March 2016

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2016 TSM Air Show Special

By Brian and Jo Marie Topolski

Monitoring the action in the air at any of North America’s many air shows can be daunting. You have to know where to listen and when to listen to fully enjoy the spectacle. Veteran air show attendees and TSM contributors, Brian and Jo Marie Topolski, give us some valuable hints about air show action. Don’t forget to bring your scanner, camera and ear protection—it’s going to get really loud!


Flying with Fat Albert and Sean D. Tucker

By Kevin Burke

Longtime air show attendee, photographer and veteran air-band monitor, Kevin Burke, has found himself in several uncomfortable situations, all in pursuit of a great shot of some of the world’s most advanced aircraft in action. Whether it’s a nausea-inducing ride in a C-130 doing aerobatic maneuvers or hanging from a seatbelt in a support plane watching Sean D. Tucker tear up the skies in his 400-horsepower biplane, Kevin is in the game!


How to Track Military and Civilian Aircraft on your Home Computer

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Monitoring military and civilian aircraft activities via your scanner has come a long way. Not too long ago it was the domain of well-heeled hobbyists with highly honed technical skills. Now, thanks to off-the-shelf receivers and readily available software, you can personally keep track of almost anything that flies, almost anywhere in the world. Veteran milcom monitor, Larry Van Horn, shows us how it’s done.


A Beginner’s Guide to Monitoring Aviation

By Dave Kelly

Air comms in the sky aren’t just for private and commercial aviation; the military provides some of the more interesting action you can hear. And, it’s not just VHF and UHF frequencies you need to monitor. Dave walks us through the basics of aviation monitoring with tips on where and when to tune in. And, here’s a hint, you don’t have to live near a major airport or military base to hear something interesting.


2026 TSM Air Show Guide

From March through November the best precision aircraft and skydiving teams will be in the air at an airbase near. Here are the 2016 schedules for the US Air Force Thunderbirds; the US Navy Blue Angels; the Canadian Forces Snowbirds; US Army Golden Knights; Breitling Jet Team; Team Oracle Presents Sean D. Tucker, and GEICO Skytypers as provided by each team.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

Michigan Interoperability System; Rebanding Progress


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Monitoring at Super Bowl 50


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

ALE: The Mode that Linked the World


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

Is an Egyptian HF Diplomatic Network Overhaul Underway?


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

What Else Can You Do With It?


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

The History of the VUCC Award


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Forgotten Antenna Fundamentals and Other Curious Tidbits—Part 3


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The Goodwill Radio Connection


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

The Somersaulting Sun


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Keith Perron

Radio Netherlands: Archiving Shortwave Radio History


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

DJs, The Bard, and “My Favorite Country”


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

AMSATs Then and Now


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

News, Mail, and Updates


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Another Lafayette Radio: New Life for an HA-230


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Antenna Stealth: A Working Philosophy


Radio Horizons

Teak Air Show Guide 2016 17th Edition by Larry Van Horn N5FPW

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