October 2023 TSM

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HamSCI and the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

By Ron Wilcox KF7ZN

     This month a solar eclipse will cross most of North America and citizen science group HamSCI will be there with volunteer citizen scientists to search for answers to a string of questions that have been brewing since the last solar eclipse in 2017. Ron tells us how you could be part of the science investigators.


TSM Interview with Dave Antry, New USAF MARS Chief

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

     Since 1925 US amateurs have been an integral part of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), a relationship that has changed throughout the decades as times and technology changed. New Air Force MARS Chief Dave Antry explains the latest changes in the MARS program and how licensed amateurs can participate.


Remembering WWII Navajo Code Talkers

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

     What began as a top-secret program in World War I, continued in World War II as the US military recruited Native Americans as radio operators for the front because of their unique and unwritten language. Mark tells us that the Navajo Code Talkers were used in both the Pacific and European theaters and that details of the program weren’t declassified until 1968. 


The Chameleon CHA RXL Receive-Only Loop Antenna

By Georg Wiessala

     The popularity of small receive-only loop antenna for longwave through shortwave reception has never been greater. But one of the most revered has recently closed down. Georg takes a look at a worthy replacement, using it with everything from legacy table-top shortwave receivers to the very latest SDRs.


Ku-Band Free-to-Air Satellite TV with a Repurposed DBS Dish

By Mike Kohl

     The proliferation of small direct-to-home satellite dishes throughout North America and Europe has led to a glut of unused dishes as former customers cut their service. Mike shows us which dishes can be converted for Free-to-Air reception of hundreds of interesting satellite TV channels.


Summer Radio Summary

By Chrissy Brand

     This month Chrissy takes another dip into local radio, giving us vignettes of radio stations that people outside of the target area rarely get to hear. Starting in England, she moves to Europe and discovers a small station in an ancient city in Croatia just as the last days of summer come to an 



Northwest US AM Broadcast Radio History Part 2

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

     In this installment, Richard looks into AM radio’s birth and growth in the states of Idaho and Oregon, which faced their own challenges in gaining a foothold in one of the most sparsely populated markets at the time in the US.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Security by Obscurity


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Federal Use of Multiband Radios


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

HF Trading Confusion Continues


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

Logging SW Pirates and Spooky Halloween Broadcasts


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

October SW Programs Worldwide


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The Connected Dashboard: You Can DIY!


Medium Wave Radio

By Loyd Van Horn W4LVH

Don’t Call it a Compromise! How Magnetic Loops are an AM DX Game Changer


European Radio Scene

By Georg Wiessala

October European Radio Highlights


Adventures in Radio Restorations

By Rich Post KB8TAD

An Integrated Stereo Amplifier from 1962: The HH Scott 222C


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

A Look at Antenna Gain and Efficiency


Digitally Speaking

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

M17—The Seventh Methodology


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

LOG and Other Antenna Hijinks


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

Using AI in Amateur Radio

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