Practical Wireless August 2018


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Keylines
Don reflects on this year’s Dayton and Friedrichshafen shows and picks up on one of the topics in Roger Cooke G3LDI’s Morse Mode column.

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

Review – the Xiegu X5105 QRP Transceiver
Carl Gorse 2E0HPI looks at an increasingly popular QRP HF transceiver from one of the newly emerging Chinese manufacturers.

Feature − A Brief History of Software Defined Radio
SDR has come a long way in a short time. Steve Ireland VK6VZ/G3ZZD relates how it became a mainstream technology in amateur radio.

What Next
Colin Redwood G6MXL looks at some of the things to consider if you are planning to buy older amateur radio transceivers.

Technical for the Terrified
Tony Jones G7ETW covers the techniques of speech tailoring and processing.

The World of VHF
Tim Kirby G4VXE reports on recent Sporadic E and other VHF news but starts with news of new channels being used to accommodate the explosion in DX chasing on FT8.

HF Highlights
PW’s HF specialist Steve Telenius-Lowe PJ4DX recommends the IOTA Contest, enjoyed his visit to Ham Radio at Friedrichshafen and deals with his usual extensive postbag.

Data Modes
Mike Richards G4WNC shows how three single-board computers can be pressed into data modes service.

Carrying on the Practical Way

Gary Andrews M0CWY describes a simple-to-build transmitter, the Bumpy Rocket!

Dayton and Friedrichshafen 2018
PW’s editor reports on some of the highlights of two of this year’s principal amateur radio shows, the Dayton Hamvention and Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen.

Valve and Vintage
Bernard Nock G4BXD discovers some dirty power supplies and acquires some more WWII sets.

In the Shop
Harry Leeming G3LLL discusses intermittent faults, the price of gear and other topics that take his fancy.

Dayton or Bust
Richard Constantine G3UGF describes his first ever visit to the Dayton Hamvention.

In Focus – GB1NHS
We have more on GB1NHS (reported in last month’s News pages), by way of an interview with the man who helped to make it happen, Paul Devlin G1SMP.

The Morse Mode
Roger Cooke G3LDI returns to the topic of poor Morse and whether operators nowadays are actually capable of holding a ‘real’ QSO in the mode.

Starting Over
Lee Aldridge G4EJB shows off his creativity by building a working shortwave receiver from relics in his cupboard.

Rallies 
Locate a rally or event near you; we have our usual comprehensive list.

Readers’ Letters
We have reader feedback on several recent articles, including SDR, Network Radio, mini DXpeditions and more.

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