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On Sale 23rd June 2016

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Alex and Steve’s Radio Road Trip
Alex Whittaker tells of the radio road trip he and Steve Potten took across North Wales and shows there is plenty of fun to be had using a combination of modern and classic handheld and desktop scanners

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson devotes much of his column to correspondence covering the reprogramming of digital handhelds, DMR channel decoding, SDR dongles, active frequencies and the best place for an antenna for use with a scanner

Book Review
David Harris looks at Shortwave Receivers Past & Present: Communications Receivers 1942-2013 by Fred Osterman

Mike Richards brings you details of recent updates for the Raspberry Pi and then looks at the Red Pitaya development board, which has growing potential for radio applications

Military Matters
Pat Carty is back on the road again and brings you reports on Flaming Sword 2016, 9 Regiment AAC’s final flight from Dishforth, the arrival of F-35A JSF aircraft in the Netherlands and offers you the chance to win a copy of Military Aircraft Markings 2016

Sky High
Godfrey Manning examines how modern techniques are starting to replace established ground-based navigational aids and thinks we might be observing aviation history in the making

Keith Hamer and Garry Smith bring you their monthly compilation of reception reports and details of a compact array for Band II FM that uses a swept-back dipole assembly

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly takes a look at emergency position indicating radio beacons that transmit coded distress messages on 406MHz

Airband News
David Smith reports on the EASA group created to assess the risk of collision between drones and aircraft


Eye in the Sky
John Periam takes a look at the planning involved when internationally renowned aviation photographer Geoffrey Lee takes to the air to capture the high-quality images his customers and readers demand

News & Products

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand reflects on 55 years of Radio Havana and 20 years of Radio Free Asia. She then shares readers’ reception reports and tells of her time at the International Radio Festival in Milan

Mode-S Virtual Radar
Pat Carty muses on the evolution of Mode-S decoders and looks at the new FlightAware Pro Stick USB dongle receiver

Decoding RDS Part 3
Roger Thomas concludes his look at the background to the radio data system

Your chance to win a signed copy of Above the Rest, Eurofighter Typhoon, second edition by Geoffrey Lee

A Day at the Science Museum
David Harris shares his experience of what the Science Museum has to offer for those with an interest in telecommunications

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand offers a miscellany of websites covering Iranian radio apps, Italian crooners, Dutch low-power stations and a map that enables you to listen to live broadcasts of all long wave, medium wave, FM and DAB radio stations in Europe.

Off the Record
Oscar reflects on pirates as people and then responds to a reader who questions the need for licensed broadcast and pirate radio

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker relays worrying news from the President of the European Citizens’ Band Federation about the possible demise of CB on 27MHz

Radio Events

Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services brings you programs for data modes, DSP filtering, logging, Morse decoding and training, NVIS communication and SDR control and demodulation.

Airshow Guide


Radio Book Store

Trading Post
Second-hand bargains


Useful links:

Bill Robertson’s latest list of all PubWatch and ShopWatch frequencies can be obtained by e-mailing or writing to him. It can also be viewed and downloaded via the following link:

Robert Connolly’s list of VHF channels for use on inland waterways and at marinas and also details of marine radio frequencies and channel numbers can be viewed or downloaded using the following hyperlink.
Inland Waterway & Marina Frequencies

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