The Spectrum Monitor — March, 2017

Stories you’ll find in our March, 2017 issue:

TSM 2017 Air Show Preview
By Brian and Jo Marie Topolski

Get ready to experience high-performance jet teams, prop planes, WWI and II aircraft, parachute jump teams, wing-walkers, helicopters, jet-powered trucks, boats and fascinating static displays In all manner of combinations, these components are designed to thrill, enlighten and inspire. Veteran air show attendees, Brian and Jo Marie Topolski, tell you what to expect, what to bring and how to position yourself to get the most out of the show. Don’t forget to bring your camera and scanner!

Blue Angels and Thunderbird Crashes Mar 2016 Air Show Season
By Kevin Burke

2016 was a trying year for air shows, with both of the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels having crashes on the same day. While the Thunderbird pilot was able to eject to safety the Blue Angels pilot, Captain Jeffrey M. Kuss, USMC, was killed as he was starting a practice demonstration in Smyrna, Tennessee. Kevin takes a closer look at the mishaps.

Frequency Guide to Air Show Monitoring
By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Milcom specialist and aeronautical radio author, Larry Van Horn N5FPW, gives us all the frequencies we’ll need to monitor air shows this season. He writes, “With a radio scanner in hand, you will experience a whole new perspective of the show that few attendees will get to experience—radio communications from the aircraft cockpit of the show performers.” Even if you don’t go to an air show this season, you can use these frequencies to monitor what’s happening in the air all around where you live.

ADS-B Monitoring with a Raspberry Pi
By Stan Nelson KB5VL

TSM’s Amateur Radio Astronomy columnist goes near-space as he shows us how to monitor Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transmissions from aircraft flying over your house within a 200-mile radius using a dedicated Raspberry Pi computer and an ADS-B antenna.

2017 Air Show Schedule
There’s an air show coming to your area of the US and Canada this season. TSM presents the schedules of some of the more popular air show participants including, USAF Thunderbirds, USN Blue Angels, US Army Golden Knights, RCAF Snowbirds, RCAF C-18 Hornet, and Goulin Aerosports.

Scanning America
By Dan Veeneman
A Look at OpenSky and Scanning Counties from Indiana and Virginia

Federal Wavelengths
By Chris Parris
Scanning Super Bowl 51

Utility Planet
By Hugh Stegman
DVA: Now They’re Talking

Shortwave Utility Logs
By Hugh Stegman and Mike Chace-Ortiz

Digitally Speaking
By Cory GB Sickles WA3UVV
Do You Already Own a Digital Repeater?

VHF and Above
By Joe Lynch N6CL
SDRs, Free Books and Ham Radio at West Point

Amateur Radio Insights
By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z
Talk This Way!

Radio 101
By Ken Reitz KS4ZR
TSM Reviews: Como Audio Duetto Wi-Fi Radio

Radio Propagation
By Tomas Hood NW7US
The Ionosonde

World of Shortwave Listening
By Keith Perron
Not the Last of Radio Australia

The Shortwave Listener
By Fred Waterer
Eclectic Programming is Everywhere!

Amateur Radio Satellites
By Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF
Amateur Radio Satellite Gatherings Plus AMSAT Update

The Longwave Zone
By Kevin O’Hern Carey WB2QMY
The Longwave-Aviation Legacy

Adventures in Radio Restoration
By Rich Post KB8TAD
A 1940 Bakelite Radio: Zenith 6D510W

Antenna Connections
By Dan Farber AC0LW
Transitions: Getting from A to B (or 50 to X)

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 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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