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RadioUser August 2017 coverAugust 2017

On Sale 27th July 2017

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The Big Digital Challenge! – Part 2
In the second part of their guide to long-distance reception of digital TV multiplexes, our DXTV experts Keith Hamer and Garry Smith look at tuning and scanning, receivers, signals, antennas and more

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson offers a data signal mystery, gives advice on correct ways of installing antennas and on using one antenna for multiple scanners and explains blocking and image problems

Book Review
David Harris reviews TX Pirate Radio Dispatches from Eighties London by Stephen Hebditch

News & Products, including Corrections

Mike Richards delivers an update for those using SpyServer with a Raspberry Pi 3 and expands on the Signal History feature in SDR Console Version 3 Preview 6

Military Matters
Pat Carty notes an emergency incident, reflects on this summer’s military celebrations and flypasts so far and reports on exercises in the Baltic region 

Sky High
Godfrey Manning explains some key aircraft manoeuvres under the control of pilots and their reflections in radio communications, before updating you on frequency and operational news

DXTV, FM & Satellite News
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith examine single and double hop Sporadic-E reception and FM DX during the Eta Aquarids meteor event, prior to informing us on new services and technologies

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly looks at traditional sound and visual maritime signalling systems still in place, assesses anti-piracy precautions in the Middle East and search and rescue news closer to home

Erecting a Wall Mounted Antenna Mast
Roger Bunney reports on his project of putting up an antenna mast mounted on his garage wall and supporting both a rotator and his Wellbrook ALA1530 loop antenna

Airband News
David Smith looks at The Skyway Code resource and at ways of making military aircraft communications systems harmonise with one another through an ‘Einstein Box’


LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand finds vintage at a garden party and makes a point about the links between short wave radio and art, before a comprehensive review of the medium and short wave summer catches so far

Robert Connolly constructs a reserve power supply for himself, advises on keeping your antennas in shape and provides his comprehensive compilation of beacon loggings, including one surprise 

The Sinking of the RMS Republic – Jack Binns a Real Hero
Scott Caldwell profiles Jack Binns, wireless operator on the RMS Republic and a true working-class hero whose devotion to duty saved lives when the vessel sank

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand assesses a wide range of websites connected to radio, looking at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards and readers’ favourite internet radio websites on her way

Off the Record
Oscar the Engineer reports on the licence award to Radio Caroline on 648kHz and the aftermath of Ofcom’s rejection of other applications while placing free radio in a wider media framework

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker shares the results of his recent competition, assesses a limited-edition transceiver, re-lives a CB-related memorial event and evaluates future equipment

Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services offers another wide-ranging software collection to accompany and support your radio hobby, especially activities such as propagation monitoring and data modes

News & Products, Radio Book Store, Trading Post, Glossary, Radio Events & Airshow Guide


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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