May 2023 TSM

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TSM Reviews: Xiegu G106 Transceiver

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

One year ago, Xiegu announced a new compact field radio would be added to their line of transceivers: the Xiegu G106. Having previously reviewed the Xiegu G90, X5101 and the X6100, Thomas was given the loan of a G106 for review for several months. He finds there’s a lot to entice the QRP and POTA, SOTA operator, especially at the price. But, what about the entry-level operator or the veteran contester?


Beginner HF Rigs to Grow With

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Anyone who has priced the typical new 160-6-meter all-mode HF transceiver will be forgiven for succumbing to sticker-shock. What’s a new ham to do? Cory hunts for bargains on the used rig market that will give new hams the most on-air enjoyment for the least damage to the finances. He finds that there are models and makes that offer a history of high quality and low maintenance without an impossibly high price tag. 


Radiodays Europe 2023 Conference

By Chrissy Brand

Chrissy traveled to the Czech Republic, where Czech Radio is celebrating its 100th anniversary, to attend the annual conference of radio workshops, hosted by the world’s broadcast radio entities for three days. Radiodays Europe, now in its 13th year, offered the 1200 attendees from 65 countries a glimpse behind the scenes in today’s broadcast world and a look at the trends for radio’s future.


Cross Country Wireless HF Active Loop Antenna V4

By Georg Wiessala

There is a lot of interest in active directional antennas for HF. Many shortwave listeners are space-challenged so Georg is always on the lookout for new antennas that can help listeners who may not have the real estate to expand their antenna farm. That led him directly to the Cross Country active loop which covers 500 kHz to 55 MHz. With the loan of a demonstration unit, Georg eagerly put it to test, looking at reception of various modes on various receivers. 


Free-to-Air Satellite TV Channel Chart

By Mike Kohl

A veteran satellite pro and consummate satellite hobbyist, Mike has published a list of Free-to-Air (FTA) satellite channels since 1998. Having moved to a new location and finally getting a chance to put his 10-foot C-band dish to work, he has scanned the skies over North America, looking for FTA audio and video services receivable by the inexpensive but very capable Amiko receiver. The result is a six-page catalog of what’s available: an astounding mix of international news and entertainment as well as dozens of music channels.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Scanning Claremont, New Hampshire


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Justice Department Continued



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Dod Begins Implementing Name Commission Recommendations


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Historic WLO Returns to the Air


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The Solar Cycle is Hot! Where are the DRM HF Signals?


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Of Kings and other Programming Things


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Baseball on the Radio 2023


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

X2.2 Blast Radio Blackout


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Hot-Chassis Fireworks: Restoring a Hallicrafters S-38


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

Talk to Me


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Parts Problems


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

NASA Selects Three Amateurs Radio Operators for Artemis II

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