Practical Wireless - November 2019

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• Reviewed – QRP portable antennas from Moonraker. • Practical Way – Powerpole connectors. • Building a QCX QRP transceiver (Pt 2).

On Sale: 10/10/2019

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Don reflects on amateur radio contesting and looks back at the early years of PW.

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

2019 PW 144MHz QRP Contest Results 
Colin Redwood G6MXL has the results of the June 2019 2m QRP contest.

The QCX QRP Transceiver (Part Two)
Daimon Tilley G4USI completes his build and testing of a QCX transceiver kit.

Carrying on the Practical Way
Don G3XTT takes a look at Powerpole connectors, increasingly encountered in the world of amateur radio.

HF Highlights
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX has plenty of news from his faithful reporters but band conditions over the summer have been dire.

Multiple Receivers − Sorting out the Audio Issues
Dr Samuel Ritchie returns, this time with a solution for organising the audio outputs from multiple radios and other sources.

Kits and Modules
Geoff Theasby G8BMI has two more intriguing suggestions for the shack/workshop, a USB soldering iron and a 12V bargraph.

Valve & Vintage 
Our lady pioneers don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Dave Gordon-Smith G3UUR aims to put that right with a look at the life of Beatrice Saltmarsh G6SF.

The World of VHF 
Tim Kirby G4VXE starts this month’s column with some good news about our 144MHz allocation.

In Focus – Martin Lynch & Sons
Don G3XTT pays a visit to regular PW advertiser and well-known retailer Martin Lynch & Sons.

Making Waves
Steve White G3ZVW looks back at Solar Cycle 24 and forward to Solar Cycle 25.

What Next
Colin Redwood G6MXL continues his look at contests and their terminology. 

Doing it by Design
Eric Edwards GW8LJJ describes a variable current (and voltage) add-on unit for high current power supplies.

In the Footsteps of Marconi
Joe Chester MW1MWD enjoys further success as he follows in the footsteps of Marconi.

Data Modes
Mike Richards G4WNC explains some of the more advanced features of the FT8 and FT4 modes as well as ensuring your PC has accurate time.

Reviewed – Micro-Portable QRP Antennas
Daimon Tilley G4USI tests the Moonraker Whizz Whip, Whizz Loop and SPX-100 for holiday use. Read about how he fared.

Readers’ Letters
Some fascinating nostalgia and an upbeat letter from a newcomer to the hobby.


On sale 10th October 2019

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