November 2023 TSM

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2023 Digital Voice Buyer’s Guide

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     The future of VHF and UHF in amateur radio is all about the transition from analog to digital. With 30 percent of repeaters in North America using one or more flavors of DV technology, Cory takes a look at many of the most popular DV transceivers on offer, from VHF/UHF handhelds to full-mode, full-power HF desktop sets.


2023 Scanner Radio Buyer’s Guide

By Chris Parris

     The landscape in the field of public safety monitoring has changed dramatically over the last 20 years as public safety agencies at all government levels have migrated to more sophisticated digital modes, some of which include encryption. Chris looks at which scanners might provide the best value depending on what you are listening too and where you live.


2023 Antenna Buyer’s Guide

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

   Since the beginning of amateur radio, hams have known that better antennas ensure better contacts, but everyone’s operating situation is different. Mark takes a close look at several capable antennas at prices ranging from $65 to over $1,000, including stealth antennas for those coping with Homeowner’s Association rules, and others that can be taken into the field.


2023 Software Defined Radio Buyer’s Guide

By Georg Wiessala

     The advent of software defined radios (SDRs) was the most important advancement in radio reception since the invention of the transistor. High performance receivers with capabilities previously found only in government agencies were suddenly available to everyone at very reasonable prices. Georg keeps up with the ever-changing cast of players in this field.


A Brit Heads West

By Chrissy Brand

     A summer trip across America’s west from Denver, Colorado, to Seattle, Washington, by way of Sacramento, California, had Chrissy ‘wowed by the geology, scenery, cityscapes and culture,’ all the while tuning in with an XHDATA D-219 AM/FM/SW radio as the stations came and went along the way.


The Moscow Radio Laboratory Part 2: The Cold War and the End of the Soviet Union

By Scott A. Caldwell

     During the 1950s and ‘60s, the shortwave bands crackled with the competing transmissions of the world’s nations. None were louder or more virulent than Radio Moscow, the official voice of the USSR. Scott examines that station’s role in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union and the disappearance of Radio Moscow.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Harris County, Georgia


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Aircraft Operations


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

2023 ‘Numbers’ Roundup


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Valter Aguiar

New Xmtr for Argentina’s LRA36; Radio Caracas Radio, KVOH Leave the Air


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

November Lineup of Shortwave Programming


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

The X-Files


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

MW-HF Comparison: Active Loop vs. Passive Loop vs. Long Wire


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

Noise—Annular Eclipse—October 14, 2023


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

An FM-Stereo Tuner from 1962: HH Scott 350B


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

Packet Radio Revival


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Amateur Radio’s Involvement with Balloons: Part 1

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