Radio User - March 2019
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News & Products
Radios and software from AOR, ICOM and SDRPlay; News, Research, Resources and Obituaries.
Radio Book Store
Browse our bookstore to check out new and recently-reviewed books, guides and radio resources.
The RadioUser Annual Review of Frequency Guides
Our reviewer and the editor look at this year’s selection of listeners’ guides, frequency schedules and global radio books, both paper-based and digital.
Profile 1: The Radio Amateur Old Timers’ Association (RAOTA)
RAOTA is a vibrant UK-based radio association with a range of initiatives, a newsletter, an archive, and a lively membership. Ian Brothwell offers an introduction.
David Smith presents UK Airspace news and updates us on digital flight strips, re-shaped flight routes, and Airband communications. He also outlines general ATC operations at Cardiff Airport.
Robert Connolly surveys different kinds of comms modes in use on the maritime VHF band, introduces private channels and listens to maritime safety information on MF and NAVTEX.
Emerging Issues in Radio
Chrissy Brand draws a distinction between linear and non-linear radio listening, applauds enhanced consumer choice and admires the skills of two very successful radio presenters.
Profile 2: The British Amateur Television Club (BATC)
In our second club profile this month, Dave Crump contours the BATC, looking at the fascinating technical aspects of this branch of the hobby, and at this club’s key activities and publications.
DXTV – Special
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith offer the first part in their new mini-series on the Telstar Satellite, examining first the technical and historical background to pioneering early space communications.
Tim Kirby delves into some overlooked frequency bands, shows how to overcome tricky scanning settings, scans with an Anytone AT-868 DMR rig and consults an innovative scanning directory.
Keith Rawlings delivers valuable aerial advice and constructs a simple, mini-whip-type, active aerial, investigating how it measures up on a range of frequency bands from VLF to MF and beyond.
Kevin Ryan surveys new Ofcom approvals digests the most recent news on DAB and digital-only radio stations, consults the Radio Times and logs DRM stations heard at his location in late 2018.
The International Radio Scene
Chrissy Brand reports on World Music Radio (WMR) from Denmark and on the diversity of the global broadcasting landscape, before presenting her detailed medium- and short wave loggings.
Chris Rolinson reviews the Telo TE590 network radio, passes on ten useful technical hints for new uses of network radio and shares some exciting news on the new 700MHz band.
Corrections and Feedback
A sample of your letters, emails, comments, and messages, as well as some corrections and clarifications covering the last few issues of this magazine.
In a contribution extraordinarily rich in illustrations, Nils Schiffhauer introduces Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on HF, in the context of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
Radio in History – History of Radio
Scott Caldwell looks at how radio became a propaganda tool in Germany, during the transition from the culturally-rich Weimar Republic (1919-1933) to the Fascism of the ‘Third Reich’ (1933-1945).
Software Defined Radio
Andrew Barron demonstrates how the use of open-source software such as SDR# (SDR-Sharp) has been a godsend for the developer community and SDR radio enthusiasts alike.
Off the Record
In his valedictory column for RadioUser, Oscar the Engineer reports on a recent Ofcom involvement in a case of a free radio broadcasting interfering with HF emergency communications.
Time-Travel with Radio Telex
Inspired by an older radio publication, the editor finds that a compilation of radio telex messages brings back memories and offers a unique insight into Cold-War-era diplomatic communications.
Rallies & Events
Our seasonally-expanded listing of radio rallies, conferences, club initiatives, and other events.
On sale 28 February 2019