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C O N T E N T S

Vol. 30 No. 5 May 2011

A Publication of Grove Enterprises

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Scanning - Shortwave - Ham Radio - Equipment

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In this issue:

• SSTV in the Digital Age

• Young Ladies’ Radio League

• Small Space Operating: You can do it!

Volume 30, No. 5

May 2011

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MT’s 2011 Amateur

Radio Special

MT’s 2011 Amateur

Radio Special

The feature articles in this

year’s amateur radio issue examine

just a few of the many facets of

amateur radio today: How digital

technology has made operating

SSTV more interesting than ever;

why hams living in apartments and

condos don’t have to give up their

radio hobby; how female operators

have thrived in a male-dominated

field, and how one ham eschews

retirement to pursue a lifelong passion

for antennas.

But wait, there’s more! Our

regular columnists bring their own

dishes to the table. On the Ham

Bands takes an in-depth look at

horizontal loops; the Beginner’s

Corner extols the joys of the 10

meter band; the QSL Report looks

at QSLing special event stations;

Antenna Topics shows you how to

get on HF; Sky Surfing explains

how to work the International Space

Station, and First Look examines the

FLEX-1500, a remarkable software

defined QRP transceiver.

Our Cover

Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images (Courtesy:

Dave Granoff K3AS); Cheryl N0WBV

operates from Christmas Island as T32WW

(Courtesy: Cheryl Muhr N0WBV); QSL

card from T32WW; Charlie Gyenes W6HIQ

in his shack with a small Soviet-era tube

radio from his native Hungary circa 1957

(Courtesy: Charlie Gyenes W6HIQ)

SSTV in the Digital Age.................................................. 8

By Dave Granoff K3AS

As with everything else it’s touched, the personal computer has

revolutionized Slow Scan TV (SSTV). And today, new software is making

possible the transmission and reception of digital SSTV signals that can

bring images of startling clarity over a very small bandwidth. Dave shows

you how it’s done and takes you step-by-step through the various modes

and programs.

With very little effort and virtually no extra cost, you’ll be able to display your own photographic

skills for the rest of the SSTV enthusiasts. Even if you don’t have a license, analog

and digital SSTV provides some easy-to-tune unique entertainment on HF.

Stealth Operating: How to Overcome Property

Limitations.................................................................. 11

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Many hams and shortwave listeners live in apartment complexes, condominiums, dormitories,

even assisted living where there are strict rules governing antenna installations and

radio operations. But, just because you live under those conditions doesn’t mean that you

have to give up the hobby.

Kirk shows how, with a little tact and a lot of technical savvy, hams can enjoy full band

operating from small spaces. Drawing from his own experiences in just about every domicile

imaginable, Kirk explains how it’s done without irritating your landlord or annoying your

neighbors.

Young Ladies’ Radio League: QRV since 1939............ 14

By Cheryl Muhr N0WBV

In amateur radio, all females are known as young ladies and referred

to as YLs. Women have been involved in amateur radio since its

inception but have often been unheralded. In this article, Cheryl looks

at the history of the Young Ladies’ Radio League (YLRL) and its role

in preserving women’s contributions to the radio art and providing a

welcome space for women in a traditionally male-dominated hobby.

Cheryl, who is Vice President of YLRL and editor of their official

publication YL Harmonics, also shares her own experiences as an active ham and DXpeditioner.

Profiles in Amateur Radio: ........................................ 18

The Uncommon Life of Charlie Gyenes W6HIQ

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

If you hope to keep pace with Charlie Gyenes W6HIQ, you’d better get an early start, because

on a typical workday morning, by 4:30 he’s already in pursuit of his next antenna project.

The 73 year-old native of Hungary, and owner of Hi-Q Antennas, likes to say he’s a one man

business working out of his garage. While that’s technically true, he does so in a league of his

own. Few garages sport the sort sophisticated metal working machines, electronic analyzers

or the non-stop brain power of the man who just likes to be called Charlie.

R E V I E W S

FLEX-1500 QRP HF+6 Transceiver Part 1.................... 68

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Software Defined Radios (SDRs) are slowly working their way into ham radio shacks and

winning converts along the way. Many, like Kirk, cut their radio teeth on tube-fired surplus gear

and new-fangled solid state rigs. What will he think of this new-age approach to a hobby so

far dominated by heavy metal boxes with knobs and switches? In Part 1 of a two-part review,

Kirk lays the ground work by explaining how SDRs work and why. “This $649 transceiver has

no direct competition in its price class.”


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Table Of Contents

Departments

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

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

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

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

First Departments

Getting Started

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

By Dan Veeneman

Finding Elusive Public Safety Frequencies

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

By Bob Grove W8JHD

Accurately measuring radiated power;

Using 15 meter antenna on 20 meters; Increased

SWR with additional power; Using

an antenna analyzer; Separating VHF and

UHF antennas on mast; Replacing Uniden

HomePatrol-1 antenna; Discone antenna v.

beam in countryside.

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

By Hugh Stegman NV6H

2011: Sunspots, Trouble Spots and Radio

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

By Mike Chace

Bits and Pieces

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

By Kirk Kleinschmidt NT0Z

Horizontal Loops: the Sequel

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

By Ken Reitz KS4ZR

The Joys of Ten

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

By Fred Waterer

Radio in Times of Crisis

QSL Report.......................................34

By Gayle Van Horn W4GVH

Special Event QSLing in Amateur Radio

English Language SW Guide............36

Second Departments

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

By Larry Van Horn N5FPW

CAP Sprouting up Regional Nets

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

By Chris Parris

Scanning Superbowl XLV

Boats, PLANES, and Trains...............56

By Iden Rogers

Flight Delays and Stoppages

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

By Loyd Van Horn W4LVH

Tweaks, Pops and Chirps…Online

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

By Kevin Carey WB2QMY

Opening your Mail

Technical Departments

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

By Marc Ellis N9EWJ

The Philco’s Voice is Heard

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

By Dan Farber AC0LW

No More Excuses: Get Active on HF now!

Sky Surfing ......................................66

By Keith Baker KB1SF/VE3KSF

Manned Space and Amateur Radio

First Look........................................ 68

By Kirk A. Kleinschmidt NT0Z

FLEX-1500 Part 1

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

By Larry Van Horn

New Edition of Low Band DXing; ARRL

License manuals revised; Police Radar

Handbook

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4 MONITORING TIMES May 2011

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