March 2021

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Air Show in the Time of COVID-19

Photos and story by Jo Marie and Brian Topolski KA1VCA

Precariously perched on the verge of this year’s upcoming air show season, we are shadowed by the 2020 schedule that was so meticulously planned yet never got off the ground. Even so, there were impromptu shows in support of first responders and health care workers and even a few air shows that practiced social distancing that came off surprisingly well as their photos attest.


2020 Boston Fly-by and the New York Air Show

Photos and story by Kevin Burke 

Kevin found the July 4th Boston fly-by the best 10-minute air show he had ever seen and the 2020 New York Air Show, which had to be moved to accommodate social distancing protocols, was a truncated version owing to a different yet more typical variable—weather. Still, Kevin managed to catch some outstanding images.


TSM’s Annual Guide to Monitoring Air Shows

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

When Larry wrote this article last year, he had no idea that the air show season would turn out the way it did. In fact, little did anyone know that Covid-19 would have the impact on all of us the way it has and the direct impact it had on the 2020 Air Show season. Hoping for the best for 2021, he gives us the frequencies we’ll need.


Scaled-Down Aviation Action on 2.4 GHz

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

Like all electronics-related hobbies, radio-controlled model aircraft have come a long way since the 1980s. No longer confined to 72 MHz, RC modeling has moved to 2.4 GHz and model pilots can now virtually see what a pilot would see from the cockpit. These pilots are flying aircraft from every era of flight—everything from scaled-down Wright Flyers to Blue Angel F/A-18C fighters.


Inside the Civil Air Patrol

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is an auxiliary of the US Air Force. With over 60,000 members, they provide search and rescue services, while also promoting aviation, STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and the all-around positive promotion of adults and youth as leaders in their communities. Cory takes a look at this 80-year-old auxiliary service organization.


Axis Radio Propaganda Part 2: Who was ‘Tokyo Rose’?

By Scott A. Caldwell

The very concept of ‘Tokyo Rose’ is mythical as there was never a single presenter named Tokyo Rose. The name was given to various female presenters by the American servicemen who regularly listened to the broadcasts. The US Office of War Information agreed that she never actually existed. Scott explains the mystery.


TSM Reviews: World Radio TV Handbook: 75th Anniversary Edition

By Gayle Van Horn W4GVH

Longtime shortwave author, Gayle Van Horn, takes a look at what the World Radio TV Handbook offers in its 75thanniversary edition.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Asking the FCC for 800 and 700 MHz Waivers


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Super Bowl 55 



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Monitoring the Coast Guard’s 911 Network


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

In Search of KPH


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo 2021 and HamSCI Workshop


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is?


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Is 60 Meters the New Freeband?


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Digital Radio Mondiale 2021 Update


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Valter Aguiar

Radio Venceremos; Pandemic Radio Education in Latin America and Vladimir Herzog on BBC


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Radio Japan, Blues Radio International, CFRB, WRMI and BBC World Service


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Amateur Radio Satellite Primer IX: More Analog (and Linear) Satellite Operating


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey N2AFX

Back-to-Basics (B2B) Monitoring


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Rediscovering George Grammer’s Simple Receiver: 1930s Homebrew Regeneratives


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

Surfing Big Waves with Small Antennas!

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