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2020 Aviation Special

Airshow: A Feast for the Ears and Eyes

By Brian and Jo Marie Topolski

Hot fun in the summertime and airshow season is finally here! It’s been a long cold winter so let’s crank up some heat. Give these stalwart airshow veterans a hundred degrees on the tarmac served up with a healthy dose of jet noise and prop spin! They’ll be up at the crack of dawn and after a hearty breakfast, head off into the world to enjoy a super fun weekend at one of America’s most favorite pastimes; the good ol’ American airshow! Wanna go for a ride? Don’t forget the sunscreen and ear-protectors!


Recapping the 2019 Airshow Experience

By Kevin Burke

Follow the adventures of airshow veteran and photographer Kevin Burke as he navigates the 2019 airshow season. When a DC airshow is canceled, he finds unexpected time to view the entire history of aviation under one roof at the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Center National Air and Space Museum. Things were looking up as he took in the New York Air Show with a chance to see aspects of aviation he had never seen before.


TSM Annual Guide to Airshow Monitoring

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Anyone who has attended an airshow will tell you it is thrilling to watch the close quarter flying of the Blue Angels delta formation or the hair-splitting maneuvers of the Thunderbird opposing solos. But there is a way 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 get to experience – the radio communications from the aircraft cockpits of the air show performers. Larry tells us the frequencies so you can listen too.


The ABCs of ADS-B and Airband Reception using Software Defined Radio

By Mario Filippi N2HUN, WQWL238

Ever wonder about all the planes you see in the sky overhead where you live? What flight is that; where is it going; how high and how fast is it? All of these planes transmit on one frequency: 1090 MHz and you can monitor them all as Mario shows us. He tells us what receiver to use, which antenna (hint: you can build a better ADS-B antenna than you can buy), which software to use and how to assemble your own desktop virtual radar screen. 


TSM Pre-Broadcast Radio Series:

Aviation Communications in 1920

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Powered flight was born when the Wright brothers took to the air, December 17, 1903, thanks to an eight-horsepower engine generating 90 pounds of thrust that achieved a speed of 23 miles per hour. Radio, too, was in its infancy—Marconi had made his first successful transatlantic radio transmission just two years before. However, it would take 16 years before aircraft equipped with radios would be crossing the Atlantic.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

California Highway Patrol


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris 

Super Bowl 54



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Milcom HF Aeronautical Mobile Scans


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

ARINC UrgentLink is Getting more Interesting


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

More Morphing: This Time a New Center Connector


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

A Universal Translator for Digital Voice


Amateur Radio Insights NT0Z

By Kirk Kleinschmidt 

If you can't find RFI, you can't fix RFI!


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

So, you want to be an Air Traffic Controller?


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Aviation and Shortwave Listening


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Voice of Turkey; Country Music; BBC Fare


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Amateur Radio Satellite Primer (Part 5)


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey N2AFX

630 and 2200-Meter Ham Bands


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The “Power Lab” Precise Model 713


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Loops: Overview and Real-World Effects

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