March 2017

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TSM 2017 Air Show Preview

By Brian and Jo Marie Topolski

Get ready to experience high-performance jet teams, prop planes, WWI and II aircraft, parachute jump teams, wing-walkers, helicopters, jet-powered trucks, boats and fascinating static displays In all manner of combinations, these components are designed to thrill, enlighten and inspire. Veteran air show attendees, Brian and Jo Marie Topolski, tell you what to expect, what to bring and how to position yourself to get the most out of the show. Don’t forget to bring your camera and scanner!


Blue Angels and Thunderbird Crashes Mar 2016 Air Show Season

By Kevin Burke

2016 was a trying year for air shows, with both of the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels having crashes on the same day. While the Thunderbird pilot was able to eject to safety the Blue Angels pilot, Captain Jeffrey M. Kuss, USMC, was killed as he was starting a practice demonstration in Smyrna, Tennessee. Kevin takes a closer look at the mishaps.


Frequency Guide to Air Show Monitoring

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Milcom specialist and aeronautical radio author, Larry Van Horn N5FPW, gives us all the frequencies we’ll need to monitor air shows this season. He writes, “With a radio scanner in hand, you will experience a whole new perspective of the show that few attendees will get to experience—radio communications from the aircraft cockpit of the show performers.” Even if you don’t go to an air show this season, you can use these frequencies to monitor what’s happening in the air all around where you live.


ADS-B Monitoring with a Raspberry Pi

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

TSM’s Amateur Radio Astronomy columnist goes near-space as he shows us how to monitor Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transmissions from aircraft flying over your house within a 200-mile radius using a dedicated Raspberry Pi computer and an ADS-B antenna. 


2017 Air Show Schedule

There’s an air show coming to your area of the US and Canada this season. TSM presents the schedules of some of the more popular air show participants including, USAF Thunderbirds, USN Blue Angels, US Army Golden Knights, RCAF Snowbirds, RCAF C-18 Hornet, and Goulin Aerosports.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

A Look at OpenSky and Scanning Counties from Indiana and Virginia


Federal Wavelenghts

By Chris Parris

Scanning Super Bowl 51


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

DVA: Now They’re Talking


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Hugh Stegman and Mike Chace-Ortiz


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Do You Already Own a Digital Repeater?


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

SDRs, Free Books and Ham Radio at West Point


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Talk This Way!


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

TSM Reviews: Como Audio Duetto Wi-Fi Radio


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

The Ionosonde


World of Shortwave Listening

By Keith Perron

Not the Last of Radio Australia


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Eclectic Programming is Everywhere!


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Amateur Radio Satellite Gatherings Plus AMSAT Update


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

The Longwave-Aviation Legacy


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

A 1940 Bakelite Radio: Zenith 6D510W


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Transitions: Getting from A to B (or 50 to X)

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