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RU Cover March 2017March 2017.

On Sale 23rd February 2017

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Decoding UK DAB using an RTL Dongle and SDR-J DAB-0.99X
Phil Davidson G0DOR introduces you to the SDR-J suite of software, which includes receivers for DAB and wideband FM, a spectrum viewer and short wave receiver

The second of our two-part competition to win the Whistler TRX-1 digital scanner reviewed by Mike Richards in the January issue

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson further explores the world of DMR scanning and monitoring. Then, with spring around the corner, he gives practical advice on upgrading scanner antenna systems

Protecting our Fisheries
Photojournalist John Periam and photographer Geoffrey Lee tell of their time on board the Sussex Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority patrol vessel Watchful in the English Channel

Mike Richards continues his guide to setting a station for receiving images from weather satellites and suggests some options for receivers and tips on building a QFH antenna

A Wet Sunday Afternoon!
Roger Bunney offers an idea for a simple construction project that you might consider undertaking on a wet afternoon

Sky High
Godfrey Manning looks at how aviation has steadily developed in his native southeast England over the years and how it has affected Heathrow Airport

DXTV & Satellite News
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith report on FM and TV DX catches made by readers during December. They also look at some technical hitches on BBC Television

VLF in Australia
Peter Newton GM0EZR tells of his experience when he decided to undertake some VLF station monitoring while on holiday in the eastern part of Australia

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly looks at the digital selective calling setup in Australia, giving guidance how to correctly identify these transmissions. He then looks at an Icom transceiver launched at the London Boat Show

Airband News
David Smith reports on tests for ground stations to transmit broadband data to aircraft. He then looks at the first airport in the world to provide a virtual online tour

News & Products

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand shares readers’ logs, covering most continents. She also looks at the relaunch of the Argentinean state broadcaster and uncovers a programme of organ music

Book Review
David Harris looks at the World Radio TV Handbook 2017 and the Radio Listener’s Guide 2017 Edition

Bob’s Hints and Tips
A selection of hint and tips submitted by Bob Houlston G4PVB

RF Development Board – Part 7
Roger Thomas offers his design for a crystal controlled direction conversion receiver that could be used to receive broadcast stations on the 31, 41, 49 and 75m bands

A Visit to the Faraday Museum, London
David Harris pays a visit to the Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution in London

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand explores the exciting Radio Garden app and shares some tips from readers. She also looks at the Voice of America’s 75th anniversary celebrations

Radio Events

Off the Record
Oscar considers what free radio broadcasting can mean. He again muses on the applications for medium wave community radio licences and welcomes the return of a familiar voice to the BBC

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker brings you updates from some of the CB equipment manufacturers. He bemoans the listening conditions but looks on the bright side by offering you a chance to win one of two new transceivers


Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services brings you another superb software collection, including a mammoth new and updated Mods and Manuals compilation together with programs for scanner enthusiasts, amateur radio contests, satellite tracking and orbit prediction

Radio Book Store
New titles in stock

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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