Practical Wireless - March 2019

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Weekend projects, museums and a new Icom rig feature in Don’s editorial, along with details of how to avoid the cover price increase.

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

The Yaesu DR-2XE Digital/Analogue 144/430MHz Repeater
Tim Kirby G4VXE completes his look at Yaesu’s System Fusion by describing the DR-2XE repeater capabilities.

A Sneaky Look at the Yaesu FTdx101D Transceiver
Tim Kirby G4VXE gets a first look at the much-heralded FTdx101 from Yaesu.

Launch of the Icom IC-9700
The editor, Don G3XTT, reports on the UK launch of Icom’s new VHF/UHF/23cm SDR transceiver.

The New Intermediate Licence
The second of three articles written to help club Education leads plan for the new syllabi that come into effect this coming September.

Making Waves
Steve White G3ZVW takes a look at a propagation mode that is very, very challenging − Moonbounce.

A Simplified K9AY Receive Antenna for the Low Bands
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX takes a fresh look at one of the more popular low-band receive antennas.

The World of VHF
Tim Kirby G4VXE has the latest on Fox1-Cliff and lots of reports of activity resulting from the December tropo.

Doing the Impossible on Saint Helena
Bob Bower GM4DLG explains the planning behind and the undertaking of a low power DXpedition to St Helena, with particular emphasis on the choice of antennas.

Locate a rally or event near you; we have our usual comprehensive list.

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

Doing it by Design
Eric Edwards GW8LJJ has an interesting variation on a Morse code practice oscillator.

What Next
Colin Redwood G6MXL has quite a cornucopia of topics this time, starting with some awards for data modes contacts.

Carrying on the Practical Way
Peter Julian G7PRO develops a handy computer interface for the popular Baofeng range of handhelds.

Valve & Vintage
Duncan James M0OTG gets up close and personal with a classic BC221 frequency meter.

HF Highlights
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX has his usual roundup of HF news, starting with a useful guide to LoTW and an item from our correspondent in Gibraltar.

6ata Modes
Mike Richards G4WNC devotes most of this month’s column to a cheap option for HF WSPR reception. 

Starting Over
Lee Aldridge G4EJB looks at improving the station and investing in books (and the odd CD/DVD).

Exploring New Fields
Joe Chester MW1MWD braves the elements for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

The Birth of the Thermionic Valve
Dr Bruce Taylor HB9ANY relates how chance, ingenuity and conflict created the technology that dominated radio communication for half a century.

Readers’ Letters
Topics this time include emergency communications, reissued callsigns, antennas, elitism and more. There is also feedback on our Christmas Morse anagrams.


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