November 2014 Issue

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November 2014 Contents

Feature Articles

TSM Scanner Buyer’s Guide 2014

By Chris Parris

     Are you interested in buying your first scanning radio, or are you planning on adding a newer model with the latest features to your radio room? The current choices of scanning receivers available today offer a wide range of features and capabilities that have not been seen in the consumer market previously. TSM Federal Wavelengths columnist, Chris Parrish looks at some of the better scanners on offer today.


TSM Review Follow-up: Uniden 563 HP Six Months Later

By Chris Parris

     In April Chris acquired his Uniden BC-536 HP scanner and published a review of it in the May 2014 edition of The Spectrum Monitor. At the time, he had not had a chance to truly explore all of the capabilities and potential that this new Uniden scanner offered. But, over the last six months he dove into the radio’s Dynamic Memory Architecture (DMA) and discovered how it can be useful for someone who travels around various regions of the country.


TSM Radio Buyer’s Guide: “Round up of Amateur HF Transceivers,” and Price Guide: “The Good, the Better, the Pricey”

By Kirk A. Kleinschmidt NT0Z

     It’s a fantastic time to buy an HF transceiver: Features are up, RF performance has never been better and, adjusted for inflation, prices have never been better. But, the radio technology we’ve depended on for the past 50 years has passed the performance baton to software-defined radio (SDR). And there’s really no going back.


TSM Shortwave Radio Buyer’s Guide: Portable, Tabletop and SDRs

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

     Although many large government shortwave broadcasters are departing the shortwave radio scene, there’s no shortage of great products being introduced to it. Indeed, growth in the portable and SDR (software defined radio) markets is reasonably rapid. This suggests, perhaps, a new kind of future for shortwave. Thomas Witherspoon looks at all of the best sets in each category.


TSM Reviews: Elad FDM-S2 Software Defined Shortwave Radio

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

     At this year’s Dayton Hamvention, Thomas Witherspoon made a point of checking out Italian radio manufacturer Elad’s SDRs, He found himself interested in the FDM-S2 receiver as he instantly liked the GUI (graphical user interface), the features, and the specifica- tions of this model. Elad provided a demo unit for review and Thomas gives you plenty of reasons to consider the Elad FDM-S2 for your listening post.


P25 for Hams: Amateur Radio and Project 25

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

     Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International Project 25, known also as “APCO 25” or “Project 25,” has been around since 1989. But, for some reason, P25 hasn’t been covered all that much within ham radio publications. Even the ARRL’s “VHF Digital Handbook” has only four pages of its seven chapters dedicated to it. Once you read this article, Cory hopes you’ll be motivated to start exploring P25 as another interesting digital voice methodology on the air.


Linkbox 8000 Local Premium FTA Receiver has Terrestrial Advantage

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

     With the loss of the Manhattan RS-1933 receiver, is there a replacement Free-to-Air satellite TV receiver? Yes! But, the Linkbox 8000 Local Premium FTA receiver is even better; it has added local Over-the-Air digital TV reception to an already packed list of features.

Scanning America

 By Dan Veenaman

New York State and Pennsylvania OpenSky


 Federal Wavelengths

 By Chris Parris

 Armed Federal Agencies


 Utility Planet

 By Hugh Stegman NV6H

 New HFDL Frequency Table in Effect


 Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

 By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

 US Strategic ALE Networks


 HF Utility Logs

 By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Thoughts on Stealthy Operating: Part 2


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Best of CB, FRS/GMRS and Weather Radios


Radio Propagation

By Tomas Hood NW7US

Researching Propagation using JT9: Part 4


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Keith Perron

Hong Kong Broadcasting Legend, Uncle Ray


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

The Times they are a-Changin’


Amateur Radio Astronomy

By Stan Nelson KB5VL

The Jansky and its Use


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

A Cure for PPHD (Part II)


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Marc Ellis N9EWJ

About Paper and Electrolytic Capacitors


The Broadcast Tower

By Doug Smith W9WI

Clear Channel is No More!


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Drunken Zepp: A Different Approach to Building A Vertical for HF

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