Practical Wireless - November 2023
The new Yaesu FTM-500DE reviewed, results of the 2023 PW 144MHz QRP contest, thermionic valve testing, meet a TV weatherman, build a remote station and more!
On Sale: 12/10/2023
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The November 2023 issue of Practical Wireless is now available. Here are some of the highlights:
Keylines: Don reflects on ten years at the helm of PW.
Rallies: Locate a rally or event near you; we have our usual comprehensive list.
Review: Yaesu FTM-500DE: Richard Constantine G3UGF takes a closer look and a deeper dive into Yaesu’s new flagship, described as “A high-end communication package”.
PW 144MHz QRP Contest: Our indefatigable adjudicator Colin Redwood G6MXL has the results for the 2023 PW 144MHz QRP Contest.
Thermionic Valve Testing: David Hodgkinson GI7TPO describes using a tester to check out thermionic valves, old and new.
Book Review: David Harris turns to the memoir of someone who has made a career with the pirate broadcasters and, more recently, local radio.
Push the Button: Billy McFarland GM6DX builds a simple external keypad suitable for use with several modern transceivers.
Two metres in the 1950s: As a tribute to the late Rob Dancy G3JRD, we publish this final piece from him.
Data Modes: Mike Richards G4WNC starts by explaining the use of Node-RED, then moves on to the latest incarnation of the RTL-SDR dongle.
The World of VHF: Tim Kirby GW4VXE starts his monthly roundup of VHF/UHF news with mention of a useful website.
HF Highlights: Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX reports that October and November will see lots of DXpedition activity.
CW Bandpass Filter Design: In Part II of his article, Alpar Cseley HA8KT builds and test some filters based on the work described in Part I.
Antennas: Keith Rawlings G4MIU offers some thoughts on antenna modelling and EMF compliance.
Preppers: Joe Chester M1MWD assesses the threats and progresses his station development.
The Face behind the Call: Roger Dowling G3NKH meets Jim Bacon G3YLA who has always had his head in the clouds.
Take 20: A Simple VHF Receiver: Steve Macdonald G4AQB revisits an old favourite, but with modern-day components.
Tips for Building a Remote Station: John Warburton G4IRN shares some ideas about how to set up and operate a remote station.
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 wireless advertisement from the archives, including a description of their popular V.2 receiver. Also featured is the concluding part of the saga detailing 100 years of BBC Scotland-Alba. They are particularly delighted to begin a new series about Roland Pièce, the pioneer of Swiss radio broadcasts and also to continue their usual series about the development of Swiss Radio and Television since 1922.
Valve & Vintage: Dr Bruce Taylor HB9ANY describes a versatile pair of 144/432MHz mobile transceivers.
Readers’ Letters: This month’s Letters cover keys and keyers, digital voice on HF, equipment repair, the state of the hobby and more.