The Spectrum Monitor e-Zine Milcom Column Index - Update 7 Oct 2019

After a brief absence from the radio hobby press, I have resumed my publication of military communication information, frequencies and call signs in my new Milcom column in The Spectrum Monitor e-Zine.


As a service to my readers, the list below is a complete index to every column I have written in TSM to date. You can order individual issues of TSM from the magazine's website at https://www.thespectrummonitor.com/. Individual issues are available for purchase at $3.00 each.

For those of you looking for my annual air show guide, you will find it available in the March issue of The Spectrum Monitor. That article is now available on the TSM website.

TSM Milcom Column Index


September 2017  21st Century Military Monitoring – This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Milcom Anymore:  Tools for Monitoring the Military Today, Milcom Monitoring Hardware, VHF/UHF Milcom Frequency Coverage, What VHF/UHF Scanner Should You Use for Milcom Monitoring, Land Mobile Radio Scanning



October 2017  What equipment do you need to monitor the HF Mil Comms?: Receiving Hardware, What’s for sale in the marketplace, The Used Receiver Market, The Digital Revolution, Milcom Tip of the Month: Don’t be afraid to throw away old frequencies


November 2017 Who’s Who in the Milcom Radio Spectrum – Monitoring the Aero OR Military Spectrum: HF Frequencies - US Air Force (and HFGCS), US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Coast Guard, NASA, Algeria Military, Argentina AR, Belgium AF, Brazil AF, Canadian Forces Military Aeronautical Communications System (MACS), Chinese Military People's Liberation AR/AF/ Air Defense Network, Colombia Navy, Czech Republic AF, Denmark AF, French AF/Navy, German AF/Navy, Iraqi AR/Navy, Israeli AF/Navy, Italian AF/Navy, Japanese Self Defense Force, Malaysian AF, Mexican Navy, Moroccan Gendarmerie, NATO, Netherland Navy, Norwegian Navy, Oman AF, Poland AF, Portuguese AF, Royal New Zealand AF, Romanian Military, Russian AF/Military, Saudi Arabia Air Defense, Spanish AF. Swiss Military, Taiwan Navy, Ukraine AF, United Kingdom Defense HF Communications Service (DHFCS) Terrestrial Air Sea Communications (TASCOMM), Venezuela Navy, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month-HF Antennas

December 2017 Who’s Who in the Milcom Radio Spectrum – 30-88 MHz VHF Low Band The Forgotten Military Band: What Causes Low Band Skip Propagation, Who’s-Who in the 30-88 MHz Spectrum, 30-88 MHz Sub-bands, 30-88 MHz Discrete Frequencies, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: VHF Search Spacing

January 2018 Who’s Who in the Milcom Radio Spectrum – Monitoring DoD’s VHF High Band – 38-150 MHz – The Hidden Military Aircraft Band, Congress Mandates Narrow Banding, DoD Aero 138-144/148-150.8 MHz Sub-bands, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Line of sight mil monitoring

February 2018 Who’s Who in the Milcom Radio Spectrum – First Look at the New 225-400 MHz UHF Milcom Band: 225-400 MHz Sampler Frequency List, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Monitoring Times Milcom e-Books

March 2018 Military Aerial Refueling – Extending the Reach: The Pegasus is now taking flight, The Coronet Mission, Refueling Call Signs, Continental United States (CONUS) Random AR Frequencies, DoD Established AR Frequencies, DoD Unit Tanker Call Signs, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: HF Refuel Frequency 6761 kHz

April 2018 225-400 MHz Military Aircraft Band Overview: A Broad Look at the UHF MilAir Spectrum, 225-380 MHz Spectrum Overview, AR Frequency Update, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Program Air Demo Team Frequencies in Scanner

May 2018 FAA Frequency Updates, Military Base Profile – Edwards AFB (KEDW), FAA Frequency Update, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: EAMs

June 2018 Monitor the 380-399.9 MHz Radio Spectrum; DoD Trunk Radio Systems;  Nationwide Inter Squad Radio (ISR) simplex frequencies; Wideband frequency assignments. Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: UHF EAM frequencies.


Jul 2018 Monitoring Military Hurricane Communications

Aug 2018 Military UHF Air Traffic Control Frequencies; Milcom Monitoring Tip of the  Month: Program 121.5 and 243.0 MHz in your scanner.

Sep 2018 Monitoring the Veterans of the Cold War (Air Force B-52s); FAA Frequency Updates, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: 380-400 MHz recognizing aviation and LMR frequency assignments.

Oct 2018 Monitoring the U.S. Coast and the COTHEN HF Radio Network, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Keep a close watch on 255.400 MHz.

Nov 2018 FAA Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities. Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Program VHF and UHF frequencies

Dec 2018 Monitoring Santa Claus, NORAD and Combat Air Patrols, FAA TRACON Facilities/Frequencies, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Keep the VHF/UHF emergency, calling freq programmed in your scanner.

Jan 2019 Monitors Guide to NAS Whiting Field and Training Wing Five. Coast Guard, DHS S&T Venture into Space with Polar Scout Launch, Monitoring Tip of the Month: Proper programming of milair frequencies. Do not share milair with public safety or civilian air frequencies in one scanner.

Feb 2019 Aircraft Spotting in the Digital Age, The Virtual Radar Screen is Listening Magic, Monitoring DoD ADS-B Traffic, Monitoring ADS-B Equipped Aircraft Online, What do you need to monitor ADS-B? , Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: 380-400 MHz LMR Trunk System

Mar 2019 Monitoring the Venezuela Military, Monitoring the 180 Fighter Wing, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: 138-150.6 MHz Monitor Tips

Apr 2019 Monitoring the Pakistan-India Navies (HF/VHF/UHF/Satellites), Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Using Online SDRs to monitor crisis' and overcome poor props.

May 2019 Monitoring the 14th Fighter Training Wing, Military Call Sign List, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Using two scanners for VHF/UHF aero monitoring.

Jun 2019 WWV/WWVH has a provisional broadcast timeslot for DoD, Monitoring  Government/Military Aircraft in the VHF Aircraft Band, Find the Air Show Airboss, The Digital Modes on VHF Air, The Civilian VHF Air Band Plan, The Special Use Frequencies – Now a Mystery, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: 22ARW AR Discretes.

Jul 2019 Monitoring the Air Route Traffic Control Centers, How does an ARTCC work? pecial Use Airspace, Atlanta ARTCC Sectors/Frequencies, The Special Use Frequencies – An Update, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Be sure to monitor the ARTCC RCAG BUECs.

Aug 2019 New way to monitoring the military on January 1, 2020, Why is the FAA moving the ADS-B? So, what does that mean for the milcom monitor? ADS-B News, USAF Research Labs HF ALE Systems, High-Flyer Freqs Still in Use, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: EAMs

Sep 2019 Phantoms in the Desert, Nevada Test Training Range, Nellis AFB, Red Flag, Green Flag-West, USAF Weapons School, and other Nellis based units, Creech AFB, Tonopah Test Range, Area 51, Phantoms of the Desert Frequency List, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Frequencies/Usages vs UHF assignments.

Oct 2019 Monitoring the Weather, the Old Fashion Way, What is Facsimile? Automatic Picture Transmission (APT) format, What you need to receive? When and where to hear Coast Guard fax broadcast, Monitoring MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, Milcom Monitoring Tip of the Month: Monitoring Fax transmissions for “free.”

Nov 2019 TBA