November 2020

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TSM Reviews: Mission RGO One

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

Thomas had the luxury of testing, evaluating, and working with everything from one of the first prototypes to the latest updated version of the Mission RGO One HF transceiver. He’s impressed because it does exactly what it sets out to do. The RGO One is designed for an operator who appreciates rock-solid performance with simple, intuitive ergonomics with enough power to work HF under trying conditions and compact enough to take to the hills. 


TSM Reviews: MFJ’s RigPi: Radio Anywhere

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

Most modern radios can operate remotely, meaning you can have your DX and log it too–from afar. MFJ offers the RigPi Station Server (RSS), a small, but flexible way to operate a remote station from your patio or several thousand miles away–whether you’re in an HOA or on the road. Mark shows us how this compact box puts your radio on the network so you can connect using a web browser on a PC, tablet or smart phone.


TSM’s Annual Scanner Buyer’s Guide

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Traditional radio scanners are optimized for frequencies between 25 and 1300 MHz, which includes reception of police, air (both civilian and military), fire, EMS, marine, federal government/military, business and amateur radio services. With analog, digital, trunking and other systems in use and prices ranging from under $100 to over $1,000, it’s hard to know what to buy. Larry makes sense of it all in this year’s updated scanner buyer’s guide.


TSM’s SDR Buyer’s Guide

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

In the last seven years we have seen the most development in radio reception technology slowly transitioning from analog radio platforms to digital systems. The software defined radio (SDR) has becoming a reality for many of us in our radio rooms and has progressed from high-ticket black-box tuners to amazingly small versatile devices with considerably more capability than earlier versions. Larry dives into the specifics of each device available today.


100 Years of Radio

The Rise of the Radio Listener

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

In the early 1920s, shortly after manufactured radios began to appear in stores, magazines appealing to the general listening public began to appear. These magazines emphasized the hobby of listening rather than the hobby of construction. If there were tens of thousands of DIY radio hobbyists, there were bound to be hundreds of thousands of eager listeners who only wanted to know how to hook up the antenna, battery and start listening.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Buncombe County, North Carolina


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

The Challenges of Federal Scanning



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

HF Aeronautical Mobile 8-9 MHz and 13 MHz Band Scans


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Will the US Discontinue NAVTEX?


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

The Leonids Meteor Shower—a Look Back


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

A Digital Voice Buyer’s Guide


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Missing Morse?


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

HD-Radio 2020 Update: FCC Approves Voluntary All-Digital AM Broadcasting; SPARC SHD-T750 AM/FM/HD radio


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Valter Aguiar

Latin American Shortwave Panorama


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Jazz on Shortwave; WBCQ, BBC Fare


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Improving Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances (SID) Monitoring


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

The “Rusty One” Henry Tempo-One Transceiver


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

Public Service Monitoring

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