Practical Wireless February 2019

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Don introduces the PW team, mentions this month’s article on the new licence syllabus and turns once more to FT8.

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

Review − The Yaesu FTM-7250DE 
Continuing his look at Yaesu’s System Fusion, Tim Kirby G4VXE reviews the FTM-7250DE Dual-band Fusion Transceiver.

The Tenth Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest 
Contest Manager Colin Redwood G6MXL has the results of the 2018 contest.

Feature – Meteor Watching
Meteors are of interest to radio amateurs, particularly those interested in using meteor scatter propagation. Tony Jones G7ETW explains how you can detect them using radio echoes. 

Review – the Moonraker GPA-80F Vertical Antenna
Editor Don G3XTT looks at an antenna that offers a cost-effective way of getting on to the HF bands from a small garden.

The World of VHF
Tim Kirby G4VXE reflects on a year of FT8 on the 2m band, has the usual band reports and news of the Fox -1Cliff satellite.

The Morse Mode
Roger Cooke G3LDI has more to say about encouraging Morse training and reports on some very successful Bootcamps, putting those concepts into practice.

HF Highlights
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX reports plenty of DXpedition activity during the month, much of it worked by his correspondents, even those running QRP.

Kits & Modules
Geoff Theasby G8BMI has two more cheap and cheerful projects for those dull evenings when the bands are closed!

Radio Bookstore
Your one-stop shop for hobby-related titles, biographies, reference titles, historical accounts, technical advice and successful building projects.

Carrying on the Practical Way
Wide-spaced variable capacitors, suitable for high-power ATUs and similar applications, are expensive and difficult to source nowadays. Hamish Storie MM0GWO explains how to roll your own.

Valve & Vintage
Bernard Nock G4BXD concludes his overview Pye PMR sets.

In the Shop
Harry Leeming G3LLL covers PA valves, receiver noise, diodes and a modern parable in another packed column.

The New Foundation Licence
Tony Jones G7ETW offers a guide to the changes to the new Foundation Licence examination syllabus, such that clubs can modify their training programmes accordingly.

What Next
Colin Redwood G6MXL passes on a few pointers regarding QSLing that newcomers may find helpful and which may also be of interest to more established radio amateurs. 

Data Modes
Mike Richards G4WNC has the latest on WSJT-X as well as a significant update on SDR developments.

A CQWW Contest Trip to Oman
Don G3XTT was fortunate enough to operate from Oman in the November CQWW CW Contest. He relates his experiences, with some information about the state of amateur radio in that fascinating country.

Starting Over
Lee Aldridge G4EJB explores a new dimension to the hobby for him and relates more developments in the shack.

Exploring New Fields
Joe Chester MW1MWD gets up and running once his KX3 finally arrives.

Readers’ Letters
Lots of feedback this month on earlier articles and letters, along with new topics, including reissued callsigns and whether a rig needs two separate receivers.

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