Practical Wireless - October 2023
Build a PSU, an UNUN, a dual-band antenna or various kits, code up an SDR dongle for DAB reception, catch up on the latest happenings on the bands and more!
On Sale: 14/09/2023
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The October 2023 issue of Practical Wireless is now available. Here are some of the highlights:
Keylines: Don looks back on 55 years licensed.
Rallies: Locate a rally or event near you; we have our usual comprehensive list.
ERA: Georg Wiessala puts together a temporary RTTY/CW receiving station with some vintage gems from the makers of the ERA Microreader and avoids computers altogether, for once.
The World of VHF: Tim Kirby GW4VXE has plenty of VHF and above news, despite an apparent downturn in Sporadic E activity during July.
Data Modes: Mike Richards G4WNC continues his look at WSJT-X measurement tools and the new VarAC release.
Makeshift PSU: Billy McFarland GM6DX describes how to repurpose a PC power supply for amateur radio use.
Build your Own Gear: In Part 2, Tim Walford G3PCJ completes his discussion of home construction by describing two typical low-cost kits.
Antennas: Keith Rawlings G4MIU talks readers through the design of a two-band vertical for the 2m and 70cm bands.
Valve & Vintage: Philip Moss M0PBM gets his hands on a true classic – the AR88.
HF Highlights: While propagation may have been down during the summer period, Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX has plenty to report.
CW Bandpass Filter Design: In the first of a two-part article Alpar Cseley HA8KT takes a look at designing a CW bandpass filter.
The Morse Mode: Roger J Cooke G3LDI has another broad selection of Morse-related news.
Building an UNUN for an EFHW Antenna: Mike Dunstan G8GYW explains how to build your own UNUN for an end-fed half-wave antenna.
What Next: Colin Redwood G6MXL introduces readers to the various options for starting on or progressing with the amateur radio licence levels.
The Quansheng UV-K5: Keith Rawlings G4MIU reviews a bargain 2m/70cm handheld from China.
Amateur Radio on a Budget: To complement his last feature on transmitter kits, Daimon Tilley G4USI turns his attention to simple receivers.
Airband News: David Smith has the latest news, starting with news of a new control facility for Heathrow.
DAB Band Scanner: Kevin Ryan codes up an SDR dongle to scan the DAB frequencies for band openings.
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 details of Murphy Radio’s war-time productions. Also featured is the continuing saga detailing 100 years of BBC Scotland-Alba, plus the concluding instalment about the BBC Cymru-Wales Centenary. We also continue the series about the development of Swiss Radio and Television since 1922, turning our attention to the start of broadcasts to schools in 1932 and military intervention during the War.
Book Review: David Harris reviews a new book that covers the life of pioneer radio amateur Gerald Marcuse G2NM.
Readers’ Letters: This month’s Letters cover old vs. new, software for radio, AC/DC sets, C4FM and more.