Practical Wireless - July 2023

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Software control for the IC-705, meet Paul Heiney M0HWV, become a Prepper, celebrate amateur radio on stamps, 10m on a CB and more.

On Sale: 08/06/2023

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Don talks about on-air activity in its various guises.

News PW’s monthly roundup of news from the UK and internationally, including new products, club news and recent events.

Dream Team: Icom IC-705 and Software SDR-Control
Nils Schiffhauer DK8OK enthuses about SDR Control, software that does a lot, especially with the IC-705.

The Face behind the Call
Roger Dowling G3NKH meets broadcaster, writer, Atlantic yachtsman and novice farmer Paul Heiney M0HWV.

Celebrating Amateur Radio on Stamps
Ray Howes G4OWY, an established stamp dealer, recommends chasing amateur radio stamps as a relaxing alternative to DX chasing.

Review: the C2V Innovative Mini-Meter 
Richard Constantine G3UGF evaluates a tempting VSWR/Power Meter from China.

The World of VHF
Tim Kirby GW4VXE reports a very busy month on VHF/UHF from 40MHz through to 481THz!

Valve & Vintage
Tony Smith G4FAI relates a little-known tale from World War II, with details of the communications used.

General Coverage Receiver (Part 2)
We complete the 1970 receiver project from the legendary F G Rayer G3OGR.

Joe Chester M1MWD starts a new series, looking at US Preppers and what they have to teach us about off-grid operating.

HF Highlights
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX and his contributors report plenty of recent activity, but the coming month looks like being quiet in terms of DX.

Norbreck 2023: Nice to be Back! 
Georg Wiessala enjoys his ‘local’ radio show, reporting back from the 2023 Blackpool Rally of the Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association (NARSA).

Data Modes
Mike Richards G4WNC has an update on FT4 activity plus his continuing dive into SDR technology where he’s delving into spectrum displays.

Keith Rawlings G4MIU invests in a TinySA Ultra and uses it to find sources of QRM.

10m on a CB
Tony Jones G7ETW ‘repurposes’ an old CB radio for the amateur 10m band.

Using Old Home Theatre Centre Speakers for Amateur Radio
Steve Ireland VK6VZ/G3ZZD explains how buying a cheap used home-theatre centre speaker instead can transform your listening experience.

Book Review
David Harris reviews an account by an ordinary solider of life in the German Army as a radio operator.

Vintage Television & Radio
Keith Hamer and Garry Smithcontinue the special series looking back at the BBC’s coverage of Coronations since 1937. There is a Coronation vintage television advertisement from the archives. Also featured are the continuing sagas of the BBC Cymru-Wales Centenary and 100 years of BBC Scotland-Alba. And they continue the series about the development of Swiss Radio and Television since 1933. In addition, a reader has kindly posed a challenge regarding 198kHz transmissions!

Locate a rally or event near you; we have our usual comprehensive list.

Readers’ Letters
This month’s Letters cover thoughts on near fields, activity levels, promoting the hobby and more.

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