Practical Wireless May 2019

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On Sale: 11/04/2019

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Don has been on his travels again, marks the passing of George Dobbs and reflects on some topics in this issue.



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


Review − Kenwood TS-890S

Veteran DXer and contest operator Ron Stone GW3YDX puts the Kenwood TS-890S through its paces.


Brexit and the British Radio Amateur

Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX discusses operating from mainland Europe under CEPT licence conditions and what impact, if any, Brexit will have.


Radio Bookstore

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


Review − The Baofeng UV-5RC Plus

Tim Kirby G4VXE wonders just what you can expect from a dual-band handheld that costs less than 30 quid! And we give you a chance to win the review radio.


Carrying on the Practical Way

Barrie Raby G8GTV offers a beginner’s guide to the use of programmable chips (PICs) in your homebrew projects.


The World of VHF

Tim Kirby G4VXE reports on his own efforts and those of others to try out FT8 on the 70cm band and the satellites have been busy this month too.


In the footsteps of Marconi

Joe Chester MW1MWD continues his quest to replicate Marconi’s early experiments.


HF Highlights

As well as the usual reader reports, columnist Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX shares some of his own operating experiences from Bonaire.


Doing it by Design

Eric Edwards GW8LJJ describes a highly-accurate 10MHz frequency standard, handy for a number of purposes around the shack.


Buying Second-hand

Don Field G3XTT offers a guide to the ever-popular FT-1000 series of transceivers from Yaesu, along with their major accessories.



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


What Next

With the imminent arrival of the summer Sporadic E season in the northern hemisphere, Colin Redwood G6MXL encourages readers to try the 6m band.


Valve & Vintage

It's a bit of a mixed bag this month from Internal Fire − Museum of Power. Last summer’s season went very well, the new Steam Hall is open and the museum improves day by day.


Data Modes

Mike Richards G4WNC continues his quest to work through amateur radio’s new geostationary satellite.


Starting Over

Lee Aldridge G4EJB presses on with both antenna work and shack projects.


Getting Started on LF and MF

Dave Pick G3YXM offers a beginner’s guide to the 136 and 472kHz bands.


Making Waves

Steve White G3ZVW looks at Short Wave broadcasting antennas and how they go about ‘making waves’.


Kits & Modules

Geoff Theasby G8BMI has a fun project based around the speech module featured in his February piece.


Readers’ Letters

Topics this time include 2m SSB, EME, the use of hearing aids and more.


On sale 11 April 2019

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