Practical Wireless - February 2020

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Don welcomes in the New Year with some thoughts provoked by the contents of this month’s issue.


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

Improving Your Projects

Michael Jones GW7BBY explains his methods for achieving a high-quality finish on equipment front panels.

An HF Multiband Portable Antenna

Ron Taylor G4GXO describes a multiband antenna suitable for lightweight portable operations.

The Morse Mode

Roger Cooke G3LDI has his bi-monthly roundup of Morse-related news, including a look at non-English Morse characters.

Valve & Vintage

The story of Michael Lindsay, the British amateur who worked with Chinese guerrillas in World War II and made possible the first intercontinental broadcasts by Xinhua the Chinese news agency.

Book Review

Chris Colclough G1VDP reviews Hogwash for Hamsters, a counter to being too serious about the hobby!

World of VHF

Tim Kirby GW4VXE, with a new location and prefix, starts his column with an update on the Open GD77 project.

Kits and Modules

A power supply rebuild and an RF ammeter; Geoff Theasby G8BMI has two more cheap and cheerful projects for the shack.

Carrying on the Practical Way

Lee Aldridge G4EJB returns, this time with a series of articles based on the PW contributions of the late George Dobbs G3RJV.

A Bridge to the Revised Advanced Licence

Tony Jones G7ETW addresses the gap between the old Intermediate and new Advanced licence syllabuses.

HF Highlights

Despite variable propagation, Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX reports that the HF bands were buzzing with activity in late 2019.

The 11th Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest, Results

Contest Manager Colin Redwood G6MXL has the results of the 2019 contest.

Technical for the Terrified

Don G3XTT takes a look at the end-fed half-wave antenna, a design that has recently come into prominence once again.

Using an EFHW Antenna

Daimon Tilley G4USI discusses the use of End Fed Half Wave Antennas for portable and home operation.

What Next

In the first of a two-part mini-series, Colin Redwood G6MXL looks at antenna supports.

Hints & Tips

A further selection of handy hints from readers and elsewhere.

Data Modes

Mike Richards G4WNC is looking at an important signal quality improvement for FT8 & FT4, along with ideas for monitoring your signal quality.

Notes from a Small Station

Joe Chester MW1MWD reflects on the highs (and lows) of low power operating.

In the Shop

Harry Leeming G3LLL describes the uses of a dip meter, still a handy tool to have around the shack.

Readers’ Letters

The proposed Beginner’s licence features strongly among this month’s reader correspondence.

The Case for QRO (High Power)

Some thoughts from the editor Don Field G3XTT

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