Practical Wireless - September 2023

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Build your own gear, the MC-750 portable antenna reviewed, two reports from Italy by the editor, microwave propagation, get started on 10m FM and more!

On Sale: 10/08/2023

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The September 2023 issue of Practical Wireless is now available. Here are some of the highlights:
Keylines: Don talks about systems integration in the context of amateur radio.
The JNC MC-750 Portable Antenna on Tour: Richard Constantine G3UGF takes a trip ‘Up North’ with the MC-750 from JNC Radio.
Valve & Vintage: Michael Jones GW7BBY/GB2MOP discusses the issues involved in working with AC/DC sets, using the Eddystone 840A as an example.
Getting Started on 10m FM: James Stevens M0JCQ advocates trying FM on the 10m band, now that propagation is improving.
Build your Own Gear: In Part 1 of a two-part feature, Tim Walford G3PCJ encourages readers to take up their soldering irons and build something useful for the shack.
Book Review: David Harris reviews a book that, among other topics, is a history of the BBC’s well-known radiophonic workshop.
WRTC 2022: Don G3XTT was a referee at the recent World Radiosport Team Championship in the Bologna area of Italy. He reports on the experience.
Villa Marconi and the Bologna Museum of Communications: PW editor Don G3XTT reports a recent visit to Villa Marconi and to the Bologna Museum of Communications.
The World of VHF: Tim Kirby GW4VXE discusses the Ofcom consultation and its impact on VHF/UHF operators.
Data Modes: Mike Richards G4WNC wraps up his explanation of SDRs before turning to the latest news regarding WSJT-X.
HF Highlights: Despite the usual HF ‘summer doldrums’ Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX has plenty of news once again.
The Face behind the Call: Roger Dowling G3NKH takes an enjoyable trip down memory lane to meet Lynda Jopson, the second G6QA.
Antennas: Keith Rawlings G4MIU looks at UNUNs for world band radios before introducing the latest release of AN-SOF.
The Fifteenth Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest: Colin Redwood G6MXL invites readers to participate in the Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest.
Fundamentals of Microwave Propagation: Ian Dilworth G3WRT and Andy Dickson G8DJF cover some aspects of microwave propagation as well as updated advice on suitable equipment.
Preppers: Joe Chester M1MWD gets started on his mission to be completely self-contained!
Vintage Television & Radio: Keith Hamer and Garry Smith continue the special series looking back at the BBC’s coverage of Coronations since 1937. There is also a Coronation vintage wireless advertisement from the archives, including a profile of Murphy Radio. Also featured are the continuing sagas of the BBC Cymru-Wales Centenary and 100 years of BBC Scotland-Alba. And we continue the series about the development of Swiss Radio and Television since 1933, turning our attention to the start of colour television in 1968.
Origins and History of some of our Words and Expressions: Rob Dancy G3JRD has some amusing and fascinating anecdotes relating to various terminology in amateur radio and electronics.
Rallies: Locate a rally or event near you; we have our usual comprehensive list.
Readers’ Letters: This month’s Letters cover the Ofcom proposals, Mr Pye, Kent Rigs and Out and About with Radio.

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