Practical Wireless - March 2023

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Five reviews, including the new FT-710Aess from Yaesu. Aircraft scatter on HF, build your own shack, meet an engineer who recorded many of the greats and more.

On Sale: 09/02/2023

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Don discusses our bands and the risks from low activity.

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

Review: Yaesu FT-710Aess
Richard Constantine G3UGF says “A lot to like! SDR comes of Age”. 

Review: The Rubberscopic Antenna
Don G3XTT takes a look at an intriguing antenna for handie-talkies.

Review: Anytone 5555 Plus 10m Transceiver
With the improvement in high band conditions, Daimon Tilley G4USI looks at an inexpensive rig that gives you access to the 12 and 10m bands.

Data Modes
Mike Richards G4WNC looks at some new remote access software and undertakes an FT8 performance comparison between the latest WSJT-X and JTDX.

A Slim Jim for 28MHz
This short article, by Fred Judd G2BCX, first appeared in the November 1980 issue of PW. A reader recommended that, given the recent improvement in conditions on the high bands, it was worth revisiting.

The Face behind the Call
Roger Dowling G3NKH invites readers to a studio engineer who has recorded the world’s top artistes.

The World of VHF
Tim Kirby GW4VXE has another full column, including not only the W0CHP-PiStar-Dashboard but the latest news about the 40MHz (8m) allocation.

Let’s Get Practical
Billy McFarland GM6DX has an easy-to-build project to introduce beginners to construction.

Book Reviews
David Harris examines and recommends two essential, budget priced frequency guides.

HF Highlights
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX has plenty of reports suggesting 2023 got off to a good start in terms of propagation and activity.

Aircraft Scatter on Short Wave
Radio waves are reflected, refracted and scattered by electrically conducting objects. Little attention has been paid to the scattering of shortwave signals by aircraft. SDRs and software allow insights into previously hidden areas. Fasten your seat belts with Nils Schiffhauer DK8OK.

Avoiding Getting Loopy Over HF Loops 
Frank Howell K4FMH looks in detail at building and measuring an HF loop antenna.

Review: JPC-7 Compact Dipole Antenna (Part 2) 
Richard Constantine G3UGF continues his detailed look at this range of new portable antennas from China, with some nice surprises. 

Build Your Own Shack
Stuart Vanstone M0SGV offers a blow-by-blow account of how he built a new outdoor shack from scratch.

Keith Rawlings G4MIU has a full column, starting with a look at a very useful antenna book.

Review: The Steepletone MBR1051 & SAB2019
Georg Wiessala takes a closer look at two new beginner’s level, low-cost, travel-friendly world band radios from the traditional makers Steepletone, which are now available on the UK market. 

Valve & Vintage
Philip Moss M0PBM gets to grips with the Eddystone 730/4.

Vintage Television & Radio
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith continue looking at the early days of the BBC, in particular the requirements necessary for suitable studio acoustics. Also featured are early short-wave transmissions to the British Empire, a new series about European radio and television services, the Blattnerphone, and television pioneer, Vladimir Zworykin. There is also a vintage equipment advertisement from 1927.

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

Readers’ Letters
This month’s Letters cover the EFHW antenna, learning Morse, the 8m allocation and more.

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