Practical Wireless - May 2018

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On Sale: 12/04/2018

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Don reflects on propagation and the recent weather, has advice on submitting material to PW and mentions some of this month’s highlights.

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

Review − The Ailunce HD-1 
Tim Kirby G4VXE looks at the Ailunce Dual-Band DMR hand-held transceiver and contrasts it with the Radioddity GD-77 reviewed on page 18.

Review – Leixen VV898 Dual-Band FM Mobile
Tony Jones G7ETW reviews a neat two-band FM mobile he bought at Newark.

Review − The Radioddity GD-77 
Tim Kirby G4VXE looks at the Radioddity GD-77 144/430MHz dual-band DMR handheld.

HF Highlights
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX has another selection of reports on HF band conditions and, in a number of cases, on the effects of February’s inclement weather!

Kits and Modules
Geoff Theasby G8BMI’s choices this month are a simple Morse oscillator and key and a bat detector. You never know when you might need one!

Valve and Vintage
Ben Nock G4BXD takes time away from his usual military focus to look at some elderly marine sets that surface in the amateur radio world from time to time.

The World of VHF
Tim Kirby G4VXE gets excited at the rapid growth in FT8 activity on the 2m band and has plenty of other news too.

Carrying on the Practical Way 
Ian Liston-Smith G4JQT shows how you can get on the air with a simple two-transistor design.

Starting Over
Lee Aldridge G4EJB writes about his return to the hobby with the desire to give hope and encouragement to others who are starting out or returning. 

Data Modes 
Mike Richards G4WNC reports on a new animal in the Pi stable and explains how to access GPS time when away from the internet.

What Next
Colin Redwood G6MXL looks at amateur radio beacons and their uses. 

Doing it by Design
Eric Edwards GW8LJJ describes an audio bandpass filter that can be a useful add-on to a homebrew receiver or transceiver.

Emerging Technology
Chris Lorek G4HCL looks at evolving amateur radio modes, the wireless Internet of Space and the development of physically-powered radios.

Digging down into the Reverse Beacon Network
Martin Waller G0PJO explains the ins and outs of the Reverse Beacon Network.

Homemade Rotator Controllers
Jonathan Hare G1EXG describes ways in which you can engineer your own rotator controller.

Making Waves
Steve White G3ZVW looks at Coronal Holes and the effect they have on HF propagation.

Hints and Tips
We bring you a selection of hints and tips submitted by readers.

Readers’ Letters
Topics this month include the future of amateur radio and aspects of antenna theory.

On sale 12 April 2018

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