Practical Wireless - September 2019

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Reviewed - the ProAntennas DMV-II and the Laserbeam-Vari

On Sale: 08/08/2019

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Don looks forward to a house move, reflects on what’s in this month’s issue and comments on the apparent threat to our 2m band.


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

Review – Pro Antennas DMV-II
Don G3XTT tries out the new Pro Antennas DMV-II compact portable dipole for 80 and 60m.

The Eleventh Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest
Colin Redwood G6MXL invites readers to participate in the Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest.

Tex Swann G1TEX makes a welcome return to PW with a look at a handy accessory from SOTABEAMS, a variable digital audio filter.

Getting Going on 23cm (Part 3)
Sam Jewell G4DDK completes his look at 23cm by covering the practicalities of setting up your first station for the band.

Carrying on the Practical Way
Tim Hier 2E0TWG recommends the simple doublet as an effective multiband homebrew antenna for a small garden or a newcomer to HF.

Making Waves
Steve White G3ZVW discusses terrestrial television broadcasting and why the transmitting antennas are located on such tall towers.

HF Highlights
As well as the usual roundup of news, Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX introduces the autumn contest season, covers a 50th anniversary and shares another bugbear.

In the Footsteps of Marconi
Joe Chester MW1MWD has his first successes as GB9GGM, emulating what Marconi did all those years ago.

Valve and Vintage
Michael Marinaro WN1M focuses on some significant ‘firsts’ in transatlantic wireless communications.

The World of VHF
Tim Kirby G4VXE starts his column with both good and bad news regarding the 2m band.

Kits and Modules
Geoff Theasby G8BMI has another oscilloscope suggestion, followed by a digital filter.

Building a uBitx HF QRP ‘Go-Box’, Part 2
Daimon Tilley G4USI completes his build of the uBitx HF transceiver and reflects on lessons learned.

What Next
Colin Redwood G6MXL looks at front-to-back ratio of antennas and suggests some places in Cornwall of interest to radio amateurs.

Data Modes
Mike Richards G4WNC gets excited by the latest incarnation of the Raspberry Pi.

Isles of Scilly Expedition April 2019
Hot on the heels of last month’s advice on undertaking an IOTA DXpedition, here’s a story of one such trip.

DX0S June 2019
Abet Villanueva DU1AV reports on an island DXpedition to Fort Drum (The Concrete Battleship), El Fraile Island, Philippines. 

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

Starting Over
Lee Aldridge G4EJB is back with a tale of electrostatic discharge precautions, persistence and tree felling.

How to decipher the Instructions in Chinese Hobby Kits
Donard de Cogan M0KRK offers some advice on deciphering Chinese instructions that often come with those Far Eastern kits.

Doing it by Design
Eric Edwards GW8LJJ describes an accurate calibrator for your S meter.

Readers’ Letters
Topics include reader recommendations for books and other electronics learning resources, high speed Morse, Marconi and dealing with local noise sources.

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