Practical Wireless February 2019 is on sale!
What is inside this month's issue?
The February 2019 issue of Practical Wireless is now available. Here are some of the highlights:
Review − The Yaesu FTM-7250DE: Continuing his look at Yaesu’s System Fusion, Tim Kirby G4VXE reviews the FTM-7250DE Dual-band Fusion Transceiver.
The Tenth Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest: Contest Manager Colin Redwood G6MXL has the results of the 2018 contest.
Meteor Watching: Meteors are of interest to radio amateurs, particularly those interested in using meteor scatter propagation. Tony Jones G7ETW explains how you can detect them using radio echoes.
Review – the Moonraker GPA-80F Vertical Antenna: Editor Don G3XTT looks at an antenna that offers a cost-effective way of getting on to the HF bands from a small garden.
The World of VHF: Tim Kirby G4VXE reflects on a year of FT8 on the 2m band, has the usual band reports and news of the Fox -1Cliff satellite.
The Morse Mode: Roger Cooke G3LDI has more to say about encouraging Morse training and reports on some very successful Bootcamps, putting those concepts into practice.
HF Highlights: Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX reports plenty of DXpedition activity during the month, much of it worked by his correspondents, even those running QRP.
Kits & Modules: Geoff Theasby G8BMI has two more cheap and cheerful projects for those dull evenings when the bands are closed!
Carrying on the Practical Way: Wide-spaced variable capacitors, suitable for high-power ATUs and similar applications, are expensive and difficult to source nowadays. Hamish Storie MM0GWO explains how to roll your own.
Valve & Vintage: Bernard Nock G4BXD concludes his overview Pye PMR sets.
In the Shop: Harry Leeming G3LLL covers PA valves, receiver noise, diodes and a modern parable in another packed column.
The New Foundation Licence: Tony Jones G7ETW offers a guide to the changes to the new Foundation Licence examination syllabus, such that clubs can modify their training programmes accordingly.
What Next: Colin Redwood G6MXL passes on a few pointers regarding QSLing that newcomers may find helpful and which may also be of interest to more established radio amateurs.
Data Modes: Mike Richards G4WNC has the latest on WSJT-X as well as a significant update on SDR developments.
A CQWW Contest Trip to Oman: Don G3XTT was fortunate enough to operate from Oman in the November CQWW CW Contest. He relates his experiences, with some information about the state of amateur radio in that fascinating country.
Starting Over: Lee Aldridge G4EJB explores a new dimension to the hobby for him and relates more developments in the shack.
Exploring New Fields: Joe Chester MW1MWD gets up and running once his KX3 finally arrives.