Practical Wireless - December 2019
Reviewed - the Yaesu FT-818ND, the ARS-USB Antenna Rotator System by EA4TX plus Amateur Radio Licence Exams - update!
On Sale: 14/11/2019
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Don offers some thoughts on amateur radio get-togethers of various sorts and draws attention to a novel licensing proposal.
News PW’s monthly roundup of news from the UK and internationally, including new products, club news and recent events.
Review – the Yaesu FT-818ND
Daimon Tilley G4USI gets to play with the successor to the hugely popular FT-817.
The ARS-USB Antenna Rotator System by EA4TX
Tom Morgan ZS1AFS shares his experiences of installing and using a handy accessory for those with antenna rotators.
Amateur Radio Licence Exams, an Update
RSGB Board Director Mike Bruce M0ITI provides an update on the status of the new examination syllabus.
In the Shop
Harry Leeming G3LLL is back with another selection of anecdotes, hints and tips from his years in the business.
Christmas Quiz 2019
Regular contributor Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX offers readers a pre-Christmas challenge. Are you up for it?
Colin Redwood G6MXL concludes his look at contests and their terminology, focusing on the adjudication process.
This month’s HF report from Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX has lots of news of special event activities.
The World of VHF
Tim Kirby G4VXE has a full column this month, starting with some interesting developments relating to the GD-77.
National Hamfest 2019
Editor Don G3XTT offers his annual report on what’s new and what’s to do while Joe Chester MW1MWD has a personal take on his first visit.
The Morse Mode
Roger Cooke G3LDI recommends the programmes run by CWops as a good way of building Morse skills and also finds a worthy successor to early Morse tutors such as the Datong.
Carrying on the Practical Way
Steve Macdonald G4AQB describes how he added an S-meter to a classic valve receiver.
The 2019 RSGB Convention
Don G3XTT reports on the RSGB Convention, held once again at Kents Hill Conference Centre, Milton Keynes.
Radio Eye on the Sky (Part 1)
Dr Bruce Taylor HB9ANY relates how chance, skill, tenacity and the enthusiasm of a botanist radio amateur created a technical masterpiece.
Valve & Vintage
Tony Smith G4FAI relates the intriguing story of UK amateur radio during WW2, including the parts played by enemy stations, VIs and some mysterious G7 callsigns.
Notes from a Small Station
Joe Chester MW1MWD reflects on the balance we radio amateurs aim to achieve between receiving maximum signal and discriminating against atmospheric noise.
Mike Richards G4WNC takes the opportunity to cover a variety of topics under his Data Modes banner.
The 2019 PW Annual Index.
Topics include band use, LED bulbs, CW teaching and practice, the Newark Hamfest and more.
On sale November 14th