Practical Wireless - January 2020

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The January 2020 issue of Practical Wireless is now available. Here are some of the highlights:

Reviewed – the Yaesu FT-3DE 144/432MHz Dual-Band Transceiver: Tim Kirby G4VXE gets to try out a new Yaesu handheld that offers an awful lot in a compact package.

HF Highlights: Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX highlights a forthcoming DXpedition, reports on the accreditation of SV2RSG/A and has the usual roundup of news.

Review − the Ham Air 2m Half-Wave Vertical Inflatable Antenna: Tim Kirby G4VXE reviews a 2m antenna that is a little out of the ordinary!

Practical Wireless End of Year Quiz 2019: Tom Morgan ZS1AFS brings readers a quiz based on the contents of this year’s issues of PW. The answers can be found on page 38.

Valve & Vintage: Bernard Nock G4BXD returns with some new additions to the collection, from Japan and the USA.

Book Review: Keith Rawlings G4MIU takes a look at Advanced Antenna Modelling by Marcel De Canck ON5AU

World of VHF: Tim Kirby G4VXE discusses the need to increase activity on the VHF/UHF bands and whether a beginner level licence could help.
Carrying on the Practical Way: John Dunton G1RXC follows up his previous piece (Practical Way, August 2019) by describing a homebrew PIC programmer.

Doing it by Design: Gwyn Griffiths G3ZIL offers a design for a calibrated noise source that you can build.

Exam Practicals: As a follow-on to his various features related to the new examinations syllabus, Tony Jones G7ETW turns his attention to the practical exercises.

Radio Eye on the Sky (Part 2): Dr Bruce Taylor HB9ANY concludes the story of the origins of Jodrell Bank with the saga of the construction of the iconic Lovell Telescope.

What Next: Colin Redwood G6MXL starts the New Year by looking at the options for replacing an expired internal battery for the popular Yaesu FT-817 and FT-817ND transceivers.

Data Modes: Mike Richards G4WNC continues his tutorial on interconnecting SDRs and data modes decoders in software. He also has a new spectrum analyser from SDRPlay along with free Pactor monitoring and JS8Call news.

Notes from a Small Station: To round off his Footsteps project from 2019, Joe Chester MW1MWD ponders what did Marconi really achieve?

Making Waves: Steve White G3ZVW looks at propagation prediction software and websites.

Readers’ Letters: This month we feature a pre-war reminiscence, an unusual antenna, Morse Boot Camps and more.

Kits and Modules: Geoff Theasby G8BMI’s offering this month is a useful QRM eliminator.