October 2020

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TSM Reviews: lab599 TX-500 Discovery

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

Thomas writes, “You can tell the TX-500 was designed by an amateur radio operator because the radio is laid-out beautifully. All frequently used functions are easy to find and intuitive. There’s no need to do a deep dive into embedded menus to, say, change the RF gain control. There are a number of general-coverage QRP transceivers on the market, so even just looking through the features and specs it’s clear how it might stack up.” Thomas test-drives this sturdy rig.


Warmest Memories of Manhattan’s Radio Row

By Richard Fisher KI6SN

From the 1920s to the 1960s, a highly concentrated cluster of radio stores on the lower west side of Manhattan gained a reputation in the city as being the place to find inexpensive, hard-to-get radio parts, receivers, transmitters and all manner of related accessories under hundreds of roofs. It was called Radio Row and Richard stirs up memories from those who had shopped there.


Shortwave Broadcasting Faces Uncertain Times in Brazil

By Valter Aguiar

The history of shortwave broadcasting in Brazil started early. Rádio Nacional do Rio de Janeiro (once the most important radio station in Brazil) started broadcasting on shortwave in 1942. Before that, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Rádio Inconfidência inaugurated its shortwave transmitters in 1940. Brazil remains one of the world’s most active in shortwave broadcasting but it’s future is very uncertain as Valter explains.


A Radio Revolution in the Swinging 60s: Pirates to Payola

By Scott Caldwell

The BBC had a monopoly on broadcasting in the UK dating from its original Royal Charter. But there was something else in the air in the US—Rock and Roll. At the dawn of the 1960s there was pressure for change and that pressure would cause a revolution in radio that would change things forever.


Guide to Monitoring NASA Facilities Part 2

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

America is on the cusp of a manned space flight renaissance now that SpaceX has launched and returned two American astronauts from the International Space Station in August. NASA is gearing up for 2020 and 2021 to be a very busy time. Following the recent successful launch of a Mars rover, NASA is looking forward to more exploration firsts through 2021. Larry explores the monitoring possibilities.


Ross Hull and the Seldon Hill Gang

By Charles Dubé W1CLD 

From the mid-1930s a small team of experimenters used their work and leisure hours to explore the nature of newly available radio frequencies in an unexpected place, a frame house on the outskirts of West Hartford, Connecticut. Led by a brilliant young Australian, the group made enormous progress in the development of radio communications in the VHF frequency bands.


Scanning America

By Dan Veeneman

Dinwiddie Country (VA); DTV Interfering with Scanner


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Political Campaign Season 2020 Begins



By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Facts on the FACSFACs


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman

Australian HF Land-Mobile Radio


Shortwave Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

IC-705s and Accessories; Arecibo Damage; 6-Meter EME Activity Up


Digitally Speaking

Cory Sickles WA3UVV

A Trunking Radio Primer


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Rotators: They Do Make ‘em Like They Used to…


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4Z

DX Radio Listening: Easier than Ever


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Andrew Yoder

Gearing up for Halloween Shortwave Pirate Broadcasts


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Radio Oesterreich International and More


Maritime Monitoring

By Ron Walsh VE3GO

Thank You and 73s 


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin Carey N2AFX

Where I’m Coming From


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

“The Dynatomic” Stromberg-Carlson Model 1200


Antenna Connections

By Robert Gulley K4PKM

The Effects of Ground on Radio Signals

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