Practical Wireless - January 2019
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Don reflects on QRP versus QRO, amateur radio insurance and QSLing.
News PW’s monthly roundup of news from the UK and internationally, including new products, club news and recent events.
Revisiting Yaesu’s System Fusion
Tim Kirby G4VXE brings readers up-to-date with developments in Yaesu’s System Fusion.
Valve & Vintage
Michael Marinaro WN1M tells the story of the heyday of the rhombic antenna in amateur radio service, including tales of the legendary W6GRL and W6AM antenna farms.
To QSL or Not to QSL?
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX offers his personal take on the subject of QSLing.
The World of VHF
Tim Kirby G4VXE has plenty of news but the highlights are from the excellent 2m tropo openings during October.
Amateur Radio Insurance
Insurance broker Julian Dent M6NNQ offers his top tips when making an insurance claim.
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX has lots of news about recent DXpedition operations, while pondering whether the New Year will see the start of the new sunspot cycle.
Kits & Modules
Geoff Theasby G8BMI has an antenna tuner kit from China – a challenge to build but maybe worth a punt when it costs less than £9?
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Carrying on the Practical Way
Chris Bearman has an unusual but straightforward project for a two-valve VHF super-regenerative receiver.
Doing it by Design
Ron Taylor G4GXO describes a Spectrum Reversal Module for Opposite Sideband Operation.
Colin Redwood G6MXL recommends some on-air activities for the Christmas/New Year break.
Short HF antennas for Portable Operation
Dr John Redgate G4ANS offers two compact antennas suitable for low-power portable operation.
Mike Richards G4WNC has the latest on WSJT-X, an aside on digital beacons and some insights into the future of SDR.
Lee Aldridge G4EJB continues his re-entry to the hobby by turning to more construction and some antenna experimentation.
Exploring New Fields
Joe Chester MW1MWD talks about his choice to operate QRP and his research into what this implies.
Steve White G3ZVW looks at an uncommon mode of signal propagation, Backscatter.
Another busy postbag includes letters on what the hobby actually is, problems of interference and spectrum pollution, feedback on recent columns and more.
Don G3XTT takes a look at another new publication from the RSGB, Power Supplies Explained.
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