Practical Wireless - July 2021

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Four great reviews, lots of News, both HF and VHF, two constructional projects, protecting your receiver, some RAF history and more.

On Sale: 10/06/2021

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Don looks forward to Field Day, reports on the latest from Ofcom and welcomes back the Rallies page.

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

Review – Yaesu FTdx10
Don G3XTT gets to grips with the FTdx10, little brother to the FTdx101.

Review – Icom AH-705
Richard Constantine G3UGF takes a critical look at the new tuner from Icom.

Kits & Modules
Geoff Theasby G8BMI has some thoughts on comparing antennas and introduces the Flowerpot from Australia.

Valve & Vintage
Tony Smith G4FAI describes the RAF’s first active IFF system.

Tapkey – An Electronic Straight Morse Key
Alpar Cseley HA8KT describes an interesting and fun constructional project to replace a traditional Morse key.

A Lab Tutorial
Chris Murphy M0HLS introduces us to Jeff as he walks a colleague through some basic electrical theory.

What Next
Colin Redwood G6MXL looks at a useful way of keeping up to date with DX activity on the bands using the DX Cluster system. He starts by trying to define DX.

Notes from a Small Station
As a change from his usual piece, Joe Chester M1MWD looks this month at the KXPA100 amplifier from Elecraft.

The World of VHF
Tim Kirby GW4VXE reports on an amazing north-south opening on 6m and has more on the beginnings of the Sporadic E season.

Making Waves
Steve White G3ZVW details a mode of propagation on the High Frequency bands that is often overlooked.

Review – the Anytone AT-779UV
Tony Jones G7ETW takes a look at an interesting new dual-band analogue FM mobile.

Low Noise Antennas and Receiver Front-End Protection
Vince Lear G3TKN discusses the siting of receive antennas and protection of the receiver front end.

HF Highlights 
Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX reports an improvement in solar activity, hopefully leading to better conditions on the bands.

Review – QCX Plus
We’ve reviewed the original QCX and the QCX Mini. Now Martin Evans GW4TPG describes the QCX Plus, a third product from QRP Labs.

Data Modes
Mike Richards G4WNC describes how to investigate your home network before turning to matters Pi.

Doing it by Design
Eric Edwards GW8LJJ has a versatile antenna analyser to build.

Readers’ Letters
Topics include 5G, radio history, callsigns and more.

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