Radio User - June 2019

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All the latest news and products, a weekend with a Whistler TRX-2 Base Scanner, transatlantic telephone service, portable and emergency aerials, Airband news, Air Show Guide 2019 and much more. Buy your copy today!

On Sale: 23/05/2019

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News & Products
AOR and TETRA, ICOM marine radios, DUAL aerials, LTE handsets, Global Radio Guide updates,   and a collection of news and resources from all corners of the world of radio.

A Whistler Weekend
The editor spends a wireless bank holiday weekend with a Whistler TRX-2 Base Scanner, conveniently pre-loaded with UK frequencies. 

Feature: The Transatlantic Telephone Service 
Paul Hawkins evokes a fascinating historical period when a transatlantic telephone service bridged the Atlantic wirelessly. 

Aerials Now!
Keith Rawlings investigates the ins and outs of BNC connectors and recommends some nifty aerials for portable and emergency use.

Your go-to source of hobby-related books and infotainment on all aspects of contemporary radio. 

Airband News 
David Smith has the latest updates on space-based ADS-B, air safety, drone regulations and communications at Aberdeen Airport.

Air Show Guide 2019 (Part One)
As the air show season gets going, David Smith has compiled Part One of your indispensable RadioUser guide to the best shows, re-enactments and displays.

Digital Radio 
Kevin Ryan presents some DAB station updates, evaluates music genres, assesses DRM broadcasts and reports on all-digital AM Stateside.   

DXTV – Special 
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith begin a new, two-part, mini-series on the vagaries and rewards of Sporadic-E propagation. 

Scanning Scene  
Continuing the ADS-B and propagation themes, Tim Kirby optimises his reception of this mode, evaluates a Moonraker 1090MHz base aerial and looks at short-skip propagation.

Emergency Communications (Part Two) 
In his second contribution to this issue, Tim Kirby continues with his in-depth survey of UK emergency comms, looking at the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). 

Radio Show Season
The editor visits the Golborne Swapmeet of the British Vintage Wireless Society and the NARSA Blackpool Rally, conveying his impressions from these events. 

Emerging Issues in Radio 
Chrissy Brand discusses some key themes emerging from the Radiodays Europe 2019 Conference and the 2019 International Radio Drama Festival. 

Book Review 
David Harris reviews two titles on radio stations and their staff, in two very diverse regions of the UK. 

The International Radio Scene 
Chrissy Brand appreciates radio from Africa and South America and shares a range of readers’ DXing hints and tips across genres, styles and regions. 

Network Radio 
Chris Rolinson debates connectivity and 5G technology in network radio and seeks to get the best out of the Inrico T-320 network radio.

Maritime Matters  
Robert Connolly appraises underwater communications and shares some intriguing information on a former wireless intercept station. 

Software Defined Radio
Andrew Barron uses both SDR and WebSDR receivers to receive the new Es'Hail-2 Satellite.

Utility Monitoring 
Nils Schiffhauer loses himself in some fascinating HF direction-finding, with the Time-Difference-on-Arrival (TDoA) software suite. 

Rallies & Events 
Our wide-ranging listing of rallies, swap-meets, club events, lectures and general hobby meetings. 



On sale 23 Msy 2019

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