Nov 2019

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TSM’s 2019 Scanner Radio Buyer’s Guide

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

For scanner enthusiasts, the digital revolution has changed the VHF/UHF radio spectrum that we monitor. Many public safety agencies worldwide, especially in metropolitan areas, have transitioned from analog to digital communications protocols and are utilizing trunk radio technology. There are also many statewide trunk radio systems that are either operational, being built or planned that use trunking and/or digital modes. In this year’s guide, Larry breaks down the lineup of digital vs analog receivers and asks a few personal questions: What do you want to hear in your area and how much do you want to spend?


TSM Reviews: Elecraft KPA-1500 Linear Amplifier

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

Solar Cycle expectations may lead you to conclude that, to be heard, you should try raising your voice. That’s exactly what the Elecraft KPA-1500 linear amplifier does—and it does so in style. Mark takes a look at this top-of-the-line amplifier and says, “If your budget allows, the KPA 1500 is an excellent choice–especially if you own an Elecraft K3 or anticipate getting a K4. The seamless integration is well worth the price, and even if you have another brand of radio, you’ll find the KPA-150 to be a winner, as it plays well with all rigs.”


RF Explorer ISM Combo+ Slim, Hand-Held Spectrum Analyzer

By Bob Grove W8JHD

Miniaturization of solid-state receivers and panoramic displays has evolved into more compact, even handheld, spectrum analyzers. Bob takes a look at this latest entry into the signals surveillance market and notes, “This handy handful has the ability to display signal presence over a wide range of frequencies as well as digitally analyze and display a variety of data. Added to this flexibility, the unit can also be used as an RF signal generator for the 2.35-2.55 GHz Wi-Fi band, and it includes an analyzer for this band as well.” Best of all—it’s available for under $300.


The Latent Contester

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Since the time he first became licensed as a Novice in the early 1970s, Cory has tried to experience many of the various aspects of amateur radio. Some have held his interest, some have come and gone and some really never took hold. Contesting was a sub-interest that fell into the latter category. He would periodically dabble with it in various forms then move on to something else. While he admits to possessing a competitive nature, it had never really emerged in the on-air world of amateur radio. Recently, that changed. He had been invited to sit in on a contest at one of this country’s premier contest stations. Now, he’s hooked.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Iredell County (NC) and Cape May (NJ)


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Monitoring Road Trip: Arizona and California



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

DoD Aerial Refueling Frequencies


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

US Coast Guard May Discontinue NAVTEX


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

USMA Cadets Contact Alum Aboard ISS


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Digital Voice Radio Buyer’s Guide


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Propagation: Hearing is Believing


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

A Better Antenna for Better Shortwave Listening


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Radio Tirana; BBC Monthly Programming


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Meteor Monitoring Digital TV Carriers on Channel 2


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The Hallikit HT-40 Transmitter


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Do the Math: Numbers Crunching for Radio Enthusiasts

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