March 2019

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2019 Air Show Special

TSM Guide to Monitoring Air Shows

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Every year from March through November, millions of people hit the road to watch the excitement and thrills as military and civilian aero teams put their high-performance aircraft through their paces to entertain the crowds and perform at air shows all over the world.But you can add to the experience by monitoring the performing teams' radio communications. With a radio scanner in hand, you will experience a whole new perspective of the show that few attendees will experience. Larry lets us all in on the frequencies used by all participants in these shows in VHF and UHF civilian and military bands. 


A Look Back at the 2018 Air Shows 

By Brian and Jo Marie Topolski

Air shows offer a variety of aerial action and every year is a little bit different. Veteran air show attendees, Brian and Jo Marie, give us a look ahead at the 2019 season and a look back at what happened last year. Among the new teams to look for this year are the Royal Air Force aerobatic jet team known as the Red Arrows and the US Department of Defense F-35A Lightning II demonstration team. Brian and Jo Marie tell you where you are likely to hear communications from these teams as well as all of the others. The duo also takes a look back at the losses that occurred during last year’s air show season.


Photos from 2018: B-52 Stratofortress; Japanese Navy Type 97; Mitchell B-25

By Brian and Jo Marie Topolski

It’s hard not to be attracted to the impressive sight of a Blue Angels or Thunderbirds aerial demonstration. The number of planes in the air at once, the deafening sound of their pass across air show center are thrilling. But there are plenty of quality side shows as well. Brian looks closely at several examples of vintage aircraft and the role they played in aviation history.


In the Air for Sean D. Tucker’s Last Solo Season

By Kevin Burke

The dramatic photo on the front cover was taken by Kevin Burke, who has had the opportunity several times to fly in a chase plane following the daring aerial exploits of veteran air show pilot, Sean D. Tucker. It’s not an easy assignment and to get this kind of photo you need to have a good camera, plenty of experience using it and an ability to forget that you’re being held into the plane by a belt during a flight nearly as breathtaking as Sean’s.


Photographing USAF Thunderbirds’ Air Show Demonstration

By Kevin Burke

When you go to an air show, you’ll want to bring along your camera to try to freeze some of the drama for later viewing. But, there’s a trick to photographing moving objects, particularly when they’re moving at hundreds of miles per hour, at heights anywhere from 200 feet to 5,000 feet, under rapidly changing light conditions. Kevin has had a lot of experience doing so and has some tips for your next air show.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Scanning Jackson County, Mississippi


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Atlanta Federal Mysteries and Super Bowl 53



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Monitoring Venezuela’s Military


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Rejoice! WWV is Saved!


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

ESA Astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI and UK Space Agency’s Principia Education Campaign


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

EMCOMM and DV Radio


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Antennas before Amplifiers


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

OTA-TV and the Mystery of HDMI


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

It’s a Gray Area


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Shortwave Listening in the 21stCentury


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Shortwave Still Offers Exotic Listening 


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Amateur Radio Satellite Primer (Part III)


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Still Learning with SDRs!


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

James Millen and the Toy Company


Antenna Connections

Dan Farber AC0LW

Flying High Again: Aircraft Antennas


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