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C O N T E N T S

Vol. 30 No. 3 March 2011

A Publication of Grove Enterprises

Scanning - Shortwave - Ham Radio - Equipment

Internet Streaming - Computers - Antique Radio

®

12 th Annual

Air Show Issue

Volume 30, No. 3

March 2011

U.S. $6.95

Can. $6.95

Printed in the

United States

AIR SHOW 2011!

In this issue:

• Photography tips from an air show veteran

• An air show monitor’s portable listening post

• MT Reviews:

Alinco DJ-X11T wide coverage receiver

AIR SHOW 2011!......8

By Larry Van Horn,

MT Assistant Editor

From March through November,

across North America, service and

civilian air teams from around the

world showcase their skills and the

capabilities of their aircraft, in the

thrilling spectacle that is an air show.

Attending a show is only half

the fun; listening to the nonstop action

over dozens of radio frequencies

is the real fun. But you can’t tell the

players without a program, and that’s

what you’re holding right now: MT’s

12 th Annual Air Show issue.

In this month’s cover story, long

time air show enthusiast and MT’s

Milcom columnist, Larry Van Horn,

lists every known frequency for every

possible player at any given air show

this season. And, don’t miss Larry’s

column in this issue as he releases his

latest tip sheet on which radios work

best at the show.

Our other two features this month

are from long-time air show enthusiasts

who take full advantage of the

action in the air with their cameras and

on the air with their radios. Learn how

they tune in and how they get those

great photos!

Monitoring and Photography Tips from an Air Show

Veteran....................................................................... 14

By Kevin Burke

For more than 25 years

Kevin Burke has been attending

air shows, monitoring the

action on a scanner and taking

some pretty amazing photos.

As evidenced from the cover of

this month’s issue, Kevin knows

what he’s doing. His photos are

enough to lure anyone to the

air field for the amazing stunts, precision flying and total celebration of the

art of being in the air. But, how does he get those amazing shots? Knowing

which shows are best, when to arrive, where to set up and how to take the

best shots are all part of his winning formula.

An Air Show Monitor’s Portable Listening Post.......... 18

By Brian and Jo Marie Topolski

With 21 years of air show attendance

behind them, this husband and wife

team take air show monitoring to

new heights. With their very own

“Comm-cart,” the two never miss a

second of the action in the air or on

the ground. In this article you’ll find

out how they configure four Uniden

scanners, a bank of antennas and

external speakers for each radio to

catch all the VHF and UHF comms from the cockpits to the ground crews.

R E V I E W S

Alinco DJ-X11T Wide Frequency

Coverage Scanning Receiver.......... 66

By Bob Grove W8JHD

A wide-band scanning receiver that takes

you from 50 kHz to 1.3 GHz in a small enough package

to truly be called a pocket radio? “Yes!” says

Bob Grove, and if you thought that was impressive,

you’ll be amazed at the list of features he found on

the Alinco DJ-X11T. It’s a serious radio package that

sports a serious price tag that Bob says is worth a

serious look.

On Our Cover

Photo by Kevin Burke was taken Saturday, June

26, 2010 at the Quonset Point Rhode Island Air Show,

North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Kevin says, “This photo

was the fourth in a series of five shots I took rapid fire. As

this maneuver is designed, the F-16C’s are actually side

by side so that they appear stacked.” For this shot Kevin

used a Canon Digital Rebel XTi camera with a 100-400

mm telephoto zoom lens, a shutter speed of 1/2000 and

an aperture of 7.1.


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Table Of Contents

Departments

Communications................................6

Letters..............................................74

MT welcomes Stan Nelson KB5VL and Kent

Britain WA5VJB; MT leads to ham ticket;

Internet radio reception; WiFi radio reviews.

Stock Exchange................................76

Advertisers Index.............................76

First Departments

Getting Started

Scanning Report...............................20

By Dan Veeneman

Easing in and out of EDACS

Ask Bob............................................23

By Bob Grove W8JHD

LED polarity; Antenna basics for SWL; Best

multi-band vertical for HF; Shielding your

passport RFID; Leaving radio gear on; Finding

power line interference; Whatever happened to

the Hotline?;Best RDF information; Cell phone

tower interference on HF.

Utility World.....................................24

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

HF Aero-mobile: A Breathless Introduction

Digital Digest...................................27

By Mike Chace

Easy Digital Listening

On the Ham Bands..........................28

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Coaxial Confessions

Beginner’s Corner............................30

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

Whatever Happened to TVRO?

Programming Spotlight....................32

By Fred Waterer

March Delight

English Language SW Guide............34

Second Departments

QSL Report.......................................47

By Gayle Van Horn W4GVH

Shortwave Central now on Facebook

MTXtra.Shortwave Broadcast Guide..48

Milcom.............................................52

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

Monitoring the Air Show Experience

Fed Files...........................................54

By Chris Parris

TSA Expands its Reach

Boats, Planes, TRAINS......................56

By Ernest Robl

Gazing into a Murky Crystal Ball

Globalnet.........................................58

By Loyd Van Horn W4LVH

The Sound of the Skies On-Line

Below 500 kHz.................................60

By Kevin Carey WB2QMY

The Aviation-Longwave Band

Technical Departments

Radio Restorations...........................62

By Marc Ellis N9EWJ

Reader Mail and more Philco Progress

Antenna Topics.................................64

By Kent Britain WA5VJB

Air Band Antennas

First Look.........................................66

Bob Grove W8JHD

Alinco DJ-X11T Scanning Receiver

Sky Surfing.......................................68

Stan Nelson KB5VL

Listen Up, Sky Surfers!

On the Bench...................................70

Salvaging California Amplifier Downconverters

for Satellite Usage

By John M. Franke WA4WDL

What’s New.....................................72

By Larry Van Horn

Klingenfuss 2011 Shortwave Frequency Guide;

2011 World Radio TV Handbook

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