The Spectrum Monitor — January, 2015


Stories you’ll find in our January, 2015 edition:

K3LR: Contesting With the Big Guns
By Mark Haverstock K8MSH

Looking at the cover photo on this month’s TSM prompts the question, “Does this guy have enough antennas?” That’s a question that’s been asked hundreds of times by drivers on Interstate 80 who pass by the amateur radio antenna farm just east of the Ohio border. Tim Duffy K3LR says, “No. You can never have too many antennas!” Since 1987, Duffy has spent countless hours building his dream station, as well as collecting numerous contest awards along with the operators that make up the K3LR Contest Team. This is their story.

Monitoring Utility and Amateur Radio Transmissions with a DVB-T Dongle
By Mario Filippi N2HUN

With a small investment, any radio hobbyist can expand the reception capabilities of a DVB-T dongle to include long wave, medium wave and short wave frequencies. Creative individuals in the software industry have realized the potential of these diminutive, economically priced devices and have crafted programs that allow the dongle to function as multi-mode Software Defined Radios, when attached to a USB port of a computer.

Volunteer Interceptors: Listening for Terrorists
By Bob Patterson K5DZE

Any amateur, SWL or scanner monitor, who listens to a range of frequencies on a regular basis, soon learns what normally is heard over that range. These frequencies become the operator’s “radio
neighborhood.” Should a Volunteer Interceptor (VI) service be organized within the radio enthusiast community to monitor radio frequencies for possible national and international threats?

AMIKO A3 FTA Satellite Receiver
By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

If Apple made a Free-to-Air (FTA) satellite receiver it might look and perform like the AMIKO A3. In fact, opening the A3’s box, you might think you were opening a Mac; electronics manufacturers all seem to have taken a tip from Apple’s packaging concept. The Mac reference is a plus and a minus. Like a Mac, the A3 is modern in design, ruggedly built, and takes a little getting used to.

Why Go Digital?
By Cory GB Sickles W3UUV

Digital voice (and data) radios are certainly here to stay. This is one of the fastest growing and evolving aspects of amateur radio today. Although DV’s roots extend back more than 25 years, we’re still introducing new ways to communicate with ones and zeros, through methods that will eventually put analog VHF FM where HF AM is today.

Scanning America
By Dan Veenaman
Monitoring Digital Systems

Federal Wavelengths
By Chris Parris
A Year in Federal Monitoring

Utility Planet
By Hugh Stegman NV6H
More Russian “Numbers” Mysteries

Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze
By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU
Have PacTOR, Will Travel The High Seas!

HF Utility Logs
By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman

Amateur Radio Insights
By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z
Current Balun Bonus: Noise Reduction?

Radio 101
By Ken Reitz KS4ZR
The View Ahead, Through the Rearview Mirror

Radio Propagation
By Tomas Hood NW7US
Fundamentals: Radio Wave Propagation

The World of Shortwave Listening
By Jeff White, General Manager, WRMI Shortwave
Shortwave Listeners make their Voices Heard

The Shortwave Listener
By Fred Waterer
Change and Opportunity in the New Year

Maritime Monitoring
By Ron Walsh VE3GO
Marine Radio Traffic and Heritage

The Longwave Zone
By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY
Firing Up the Neophyte 1
(Formerly: A Cure for PPHD)

Adventures in Radio Restoration
By Rich Post KB8TAD
Back to the Future

The Broadcast Tower
By Doug Smith W9WI
This is a Test. This is only a Test.

Antenna Connections
By Dan Farber AC0LW
On The Road Again: Mobile Antenna Concepts

The Spectrum Monitor is available in PDF format which can be read on any desktop, laptop, iPad®, Kindle® Fire, or other device capable of opening a PDF file. Annual subscription (12 issues, beginning with the January 2015 issue) is $24. Individual monthly issues are available for $3 each.

Ken Reitz, KS4ZR, is publisher and managing editor of The Spectrum Monitor. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “The Spectrum Monitor — January, 2015”

  • jeff n1kdo:

    This is plainly advertising. Can I advertise here, too?

  • Matt W1MST:

    Hi Jeff,

    I reached out to Ken and offered him the opportunity to post the table of contents of each issue. I feel that it’s useful for someone to see what topics these magazines are covering — and to subscribe, if they choose. The same invitation is open to the other radio-related publications.

    Matt, W1MST

  • John Lawler, KD4RN:

    I personally think listing this is a great idea, especially the way you have done it with a link to the page. If you know you’re not interested…. don’t click the link! This is how the internet works… one piece of information leads to another then another etc. Now if you start including Viagra references, or notices from Nigerian Royal family … that would be a problem. (JOKE) but I don’t see that happening.. Thanks for the information

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