September 2016

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TSM Reviews:

Elad FDM-Duo: A QRP SDR Transceiver with or without PC

By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

Elad has taken the best of their diminutive software defined receiver (SDR), the FDM-S2, added a transmitter and fit it inside a stylish, compact case. It can be used as a standalone unit by connecting to an external 13.8-volt DC power supply and antenna. It can also be controlled by your computer using the FDM-SW2 software also shared by the FDM-S2. That makes this one of the most versatile radios that can be used for as a portable, mobile, or base station. And, like many recent rigs, the Elad is upgradeable through firmware and software, which means you’ll get the benefit of future improvements as they become available. Mark put the FDM-Duo to the on-air test.


TSM Reviews

Icom IC-R6 Sport 16 All-band Hand-held Receiver

By Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL

     Readers have asked Thomas about the Icom IC-R6 Sport 16; a compact handheld receiver that covers from 100 kHz to 1309.995 MHz. What makes the IC-R6 appealing is that––at just $175 US––it is one of the least expensive wideband handhelds/scanners on the market that not only covers the shortwave bands, but also the AM broadcast, Longwave, FM broadcast, Public Service as well as NOAA weather frequencies. Thomas puts this handheld giant to a real world reception test.


The Hacking of FLTSATCOM 8

By Bob Grove W8JHD

     For more than a decade, enterprising Brazilians have been making use of an aging US military satellite parked over the Atlantic Ocean to talk sports, play music and, some say, engage in legitimate and illegitimate business activities. In a country as vast as Brazil, lacking infrastructure to huge parts of the country, this satellite, once a mainstay in the Navy’s global communications network, has helped long distance truckers, families, hobbyists and possibly even criminals in their daily lives. Bob shows us how easy this is to do and why other satellites may also be vulnerable.


TSM Reviews

Sangean HD-18 AM/FM/HD-Radio Tabletop Set

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

     In recent years, radio manufacturers appear to have abandoned the concept of HD-Radio in anything except car radios. Even in the automotive environment, HD reception capability is included only in the higher end models. Now, Sangean has hit the market with a trio of HD-capable radios at three different price points. This month we take a close look at the HD-18; Sangean’s mid-priced AM/FM/HD-Radio. Now listeners all over the US have the chance to explore the multicast digital world of HD-FM at home.


GMRS: The “Other” Citizen’s Band – Part 1

By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV

General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is sometimes equated with Family Radio Service (FRS) because of the inexpensive, dual-use portables sold today in every discount store. And, although it is easy to find FRS radios with GMRS capabilities, they are not the same service. GMRS still requires a license and carries other restrictions, but with the license comes flexibility that’s more akin to the amateur radio service.


Scanning America

By Dan Veenaman

Enabling Interoperability; Erie (PA) and Denton (TX) Counties


Federal Wavelengths

By Chris Parris

Political Conventions Wrap Up


Utility Planet

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

Identifying US Military on ALE


Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze

By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU

African Peacekeeping and Police Networks


HF Utility Logs

By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman


Digitally Speaking

By Cory Sickles WA3UVV

Controlling Influences


VHF and Above

By Joe Lynch N6CL

SOTA Loop Repurposed Through Innovation


Amateur Radio Insights

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

The ‘Deserted Island’ HF Antenna


Radio 101

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Solar Cycle 25 or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Maunder Minimum


The World of Shortwave Listening

By Jeff White, General Manager WRMI

NASB Brings Shortwave Broadcasters and Listeners Together in Music City


The Shortwave Listener

By Fred Waterer

Radio Ukraine, RFI and Radio Syria


Amateur Radio Satellites

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF

Summer: Satellite Antenna Experimenting Time


The Longwave Zone

By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY

Improve Your LW Antenna; a Visit from KR61SS; SAQ on the Air; Readers’ Logs


Adventures in Radio Restoration

By Rich Post KB8TAD

Restoring a Classic: The Philco 60B “Baby Grand” Cathedral


Antenna Connections

By Dan Farber AC0LW

Dishing It Out And Taking It: The Parabolic Reflector Antenna

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