Practical Wireless - August 2023
The first report on the successful Rockall expedition, a small paddle key reviewed, panel labelling made simple and much more!
On Sale: 13/07/2023
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The August 2023 issue of Practical Wireless is now available. Here are some of the highlights:
Keylines: Don is back from Friedrichshafen and discusses the Ofcom consultation document.
Rallies: Locate a rally or event near you; we have our usual comprehensive list.
Friedrichshafen 2023: Don reports on this years’ Ham Radio event in Friedrichshafen, southern Germany.
Book Review: Dave Harris reviews yet another book about the work of Bletchley Park, but with a new and fascinating slant.
The UMPP-1 Morse Paddle by GM0EUL Morse Keys: Daimon Tilley G4USI reviews a small paddle key that offers great performance at a sensible price.
Buff my Amp: Trying to key an older valve amplifier from a modern rig? Billy McFarland GM6DX offers a solution.
Amateur Radio on a Budget: Daimon Tilley G4USI offers two solutions for a cheap but useful transmitter.
Feeding Multiple Receivers from One Antenna: Michael Jones GW7BBY/GB2MOP discusses splitters and distribution amplifiers.
10m Operation: Complementing last month’s about converting a CB set for 10m and one planned for next month about 10m FM operation, Roger Lapthorn G3XBM gives an overview of the 10m band.
The World of VHF: With the Sporadic E season in full swing and other news to report, Tim Kirby GW4VXE starts with a look at FT8CN, an FT8 program for Android.
The Easy Way to Panel Labelling: David Hodgkinson GI7TPO describes an easy way to achieve a professional look for your projects.
An Historic Slice of Pye: PW Designer Mike Edwards recently visited the exhibition at Cambridge Museum of Technology, celebrating the centenary of the BBC and the first radios made by Cambridge Company Pye. Some 25 of the earliest Pye radios are included in the display. We feature here some of the photos that Mike took on his visit.
What Next: Colin Redwood G6MXL recommends some simple constructional techniques along with advice on component identification.
HF Highlights: Despite the usual summer downturn in HF conditions, Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX reports another bumper month for activity.
Destination: Rockall 2023: Nobby Styles G0VJG tells Roger Dowling G3NKH about the major MM0UKI Rockall expedition.
Antennas: Keith Rawlings G4MIU looks at further uses of the TinySA-Ultra.
Trigger Warning: It’s Trigonometry: Godfrey Manning G4GLM shows why trig matters.
Data Modes: This month sees another update to VarAC, plus Mike’s continuing delve into SDR technology. This time he is tackling IQ signals and digital down conversion – all with no maths!
Airband News: David Smith brings news of recent developments in the world of air traffic management.
The Morse Mode: Roger Cooke G3LDI has the latest from the world of Morse Code.
Vintage Television & Radio: Keith Hamer and Garry Smith continue the special series looking back at the BBC’s coverage of Coronations since 1937. There is also a Coronation vintage radio advertisement from the archives. The continuing sagas of the BBC Cymru-Wales Centenary and 100 years of BBC Scotland-Alba are also featured. The series about the development of Swiss Radio and Television since 1933 also continues.
Readers’ Letters: This month’s Letters cover near field measurements, licensing, the decline of amateur radio, using old HiFi speakers and more.