The Spectrum Monitor — March, 2015


Stories you’ll find in our March, 2015 issue:

Catch the Action in the Air and On the Air
By Brian and Jo Marie Topolski
Once again, Brian and Jo Marie Topolski take us all to the air show with some dazzling photos and the inside scoop about what and where to listen when you take your scanner with you. Brian also has a salute to woman aviation pioneer, Julie Clark, a regular fixture at many air shows, and a look inside his own air show command post.

The Air Show Experience
By Kevin Burke
TSM air show regular contributor, Kevin Burke, shows us his own (and his son’s) photographic touch along with his own experiences at air shows. He also offers a photographic “Study in Blues” as well as a review of the Bearcat BC-125AT at an air show.

Now Try ‘Scanner-less’ Aviation Monitoring!
By Richard Fisher KI6SN
Want to catch all the aviation action but don’t have a scanner or live near an airport? Not to worry, says Richard Fisher, you can enjoy aviation monitoring to the fullest extent possible, and at no cost. Richard shows us how.

TSM Reviews: Teak Publishing’s 2015 Air Show Guide
By Ken Reitz KS4ZR
For many years, readers of Monitoring Times magazine came to rely on the expertise of its military communications columnist and MT assistant editor, Larry Van Horn N5FPW, to provide the very latest in frequencies used by all the top aviation demonstration teams at air shows across North America. And, even though MT closed its doors in December 2013, Larry has since continued to provide these frequencies in the form of an annual Air Show Guide in Kindle format. Here’s a review of his latest Air Show Guide.

TSM Air Show Schedule
US Navy Blue Angels; USAF Thunderbirds; Canadian Snowbirds; Breitling Jet Team; Raiders Flight Demo Team; GEICO Skytypers; Team Oracle’s Sean D. Tucker; John Klatt Air Shows, and Air Combat Command F-16 North American air show schedules.

Scanning America By Dan Veenaman
Hard-Learned Radio Civics Lesson in D.C.

Federal Wavelengths By Chris Parris
Flying with Federal Aviation

Utility Planet By Hugh Stegman NV6H
How to Hear HF Civil Aviation

Digital HF: Intercept and Analyze By Mike Chace-Ortiz AB1TZ/G6DHU
US Coast Guard, Customs & Border Patrol COTHEN Network

HF Utility Logs By Mike Chace-Ortiz and Hugh Stegman

Amateur Radio Insights By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z
RFI Part 2: Finding, Fixing or Fleeing

Radio 101 By Ken Reitz KS4ZR
Intro to FTA Satellite and Advanced Cord-Cutting

Radio Propagation By Tomas Hood NW7US
Space Weather Terms

The World of Shortwave Listening By Keith Perron
Armed Forces Network Taiwan (AFNT)

The Shortwave Listener By Fred Waterer
World Languages via SW Radio Web Sites

Amateur Radio Satellites By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF
AMSATs: From OSCAR-1 to FOX-1A

The Longwave Zone By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY
Longwave: A Cradle for High-Tech

Adventures in Radio Restoration By Rich Post KB8TAD
The Admiral Bean-Counter Special: Part II

The Broadcast Tower By Doug Smith W9WI
What Happens to a Dead Radio Station?

Antenna Connections By Dan Farber AC0LW
Got a Match: Methods of Matching Coaxial Cable to Antennas

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].

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