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RU Cover July 2015.inddJuly 2015

On Sale 25th June 2015

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Expert Electronics ColibriDDC
Mike Richards looks at a new, networked, direct digital conversion SDR receiver that covers from 10kHz to 55MHz

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson brings you an update on frequencies pre-programmed in the Baofeng BF-888S and then looks at the whys and wherefores of MPT 1327

Mike Richards offers an overview of rotary encoders and details how to modify and configure the Griffin PowerMate for use with SDR# and SDR Console v2

Military Matters
Pat Carty explains the rationale for his trip to witness the Russian Federation’s Victory Day parade on May 9th

Sky High
Godfrey Manning lists the locations of UK primary radar heads and suggests a pragmatic approach to the regulation of radio controlled helicopters

Keith Hamer and Garry Smith bring you their roundup of reception reports and encourage you to get prepared for Sporadic-E

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly continues his look at incidents involving fishing vessels and submerged submarines and muses on the cost associated with hoax calls

Book Review
David Harris offers his thoughts on
Local Radio, Going Global by Professor Guy Starkey

Airband News
David Smith reports on an interesting new exhibition at TNMOC and the commencement of remote tower services in Sweden

News & Products

Competition Prizewinners

Win an ultra-compact Albrecht AE 6110 CB transceiver

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand enjoys some French radio on medium and short wave and enters the world of Cherry Creek Radio in southern Utah

Monitoring Geostationary Satellite UHF Downlinks
Shaun O’Sullivan G8VPG offers his guide to signals transponded via satellites that were originally intended for military use but are sometimes ‘hijacked’ by ‘pirate’ operators

Mode-S Virtual Radar
Pat Carty brings you up to date on bug fixes and enhancements to PlanePlotter and muses on the Micro RadarBox

Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse
Michael Knowles 2E0EVA tells of his quest to witness the total solar eclipse

Richard Cooke 2E0XAO reflects on the joy of DXing using aged rigs

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand tunes to some gentle sounds of California and makes plans to set steam for the Red Sands and Shivering Sands Maunsell Forts in the Thames Estuary

Off the Record
Oscar looks at a Caroline Flashback and reflects on why Laser Hot Hits does not have the popularity or recognition it deserves 

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker delves into the world of simplex PMR repeaters and investigates the meanings of the names of two well know manufacturers

Radio Events

Software Spot
This month, we are offering programs to aid the decoding of amateur radio and utility data modes and digital voice, satellite orbit prediction and trunk tracking

Our list of airshows and associated events taking place between June 25th and the end of July

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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