March 2024 TSM

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TSM 2024 Air Show Special

By Brian KA1VCA and Jo Marie Topolski

     In 2023 our stalwart air show veterans once again took their radios and cameras off to the air shows to bring you some great photos of the stars of the air show along with dozens of air show frequencies you can listen to when you hit the flight line this season. Remember, arrive early and leave late for the best experience.


How to do Air Show Photography

By Brian Topolski KA1VCA

     A master of high-speed outdoor photography after many years of practice, Brian gives his tips for getting your own souvenirs of the weekend action. It’s not about the gear so much as the practice. Hint: Start by photographing birds in flight.


Notes from the 2023 Air Shows

By Kevin Burke

     Our other air show veteran shows off some of his spectacular air show photos and turns in his notes for the 2023 season. As Kevin points out, even with precise planning, there’s little to be done when the weather turns for the worse. 


Shanwick Oceanic: The Radio Gateway to Europe

By Georg Wiessala

     Even in a time of global satellite communications, keeping in touch with high-altitude overseas aircraft is critical. That’s why the entire international airline industry still relies on early 20th Century technology—shortwave radio. It’s reliable, relatively simple to use and best of all listeners around the world can tune in. Using various HF-capable radios, Georg tells us how it’s done.


The Solar Particle Events: Solar Radiation Storms

By Tomas Hood NW7US

     When the sun emits particles (mostly protons) during a solar flare or from a coronal mass ejection (CME), these particles may become highly accelerated either in the sun’s atmosphere or in interplanetary space. These energetic particles are a major radiation hazard to spacecraft and astronauts, but they also affect the propagation of radio waves. 


The Pioneering Chicago Radio Laboratory

By Scott A. Caldwell

     When two young amateur radio operators from Chicago in 1915 start building and selling radios to other enthusiast in the Windy City, they had no idea how far their ideas would take them. All they needed was a savvy businessman who saw even more potential. The results: 67 years of one of the most recognized brands in electronics.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Durant, Oklahoma, P-25 and Analog Systems


Federal Wave Lengths

By Chris Parris

Preparing for the Big Game



By Daniel O. Myers K3NXX

2024 Guide to Monitoring the Air Shows


Utility Planet 

By Hugh Stegman

Global HF Net Expands Weather Broadcasts


Shortwave Utility Broadcasts

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Valter Aguiar

From ‘Muchas Gracias’ to “Kansahamnida’ Radio News and History from Latin America and Asia


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Real Oldies on Shortwave + BBC Shows


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

New SD4play Receiver; ATS max-Decoder and More!


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The QT40 Gets Some Muscle


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The ‘Personal Portable’ RCA BP-10


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey N2AFX

LWCA Milestone: 50 Years!


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

The Looming Problem of ‘Space Junk’


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Lessons Learned from an AM Workshop


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Contesting During Solar Cycle Peaks


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Tracking the Last Solar Eclipse for a Lifetime

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