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On Sale 23rd December 2014

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Cross Country Wireless Broadband Active Antenna
Mike Richards reviews a new broadband active antenna that covers of 200kHz to 1.4GHz

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson reports on the proposal to launch a new UK-wide public DMR system and reflects on claims made by some online sellers of ‘digital police scanners’

Mike Richards looks at digital voice signals and offers his guide to decoding unencrypted DMR

Military Matters
In addition to his monthly roundup of mil-com news, Pat Carty reflects on events during 2014 and then looks forward to 2015

Sky High
Godfrey Manning encourages you to get in touch and undertakes a repair on a 30-year-old airband scanner

Keith Hamer and Garry Smith report on signals from the Ukraine via Sporadic-E and Kenyan and Russian carriers via ionospheric propagation

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly considers the potential implications for safety of life at sea associated with the proposed closure of RTÉ’s Radio 1 output on long wave and then looks at LRIT and MMSIs

Airband News
David Smith reports on a satellite-based tracking system, free routing and a joint venture to transform ATM at military airfields

News & Products

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand reports on Global 24, takes a look at the B14 schedules and shares a reader’s experience of medium wave listening on holiday in the Canary Islands

Mode-S Virtual Radar
Pat Carty brings you news of a price drop, changes at Jetvision, avionic testing at Donna Nook, an A400 and F15s displaying on Flightradar24 and a new version of PlanePlotter Mobile

From War Surplus to Dongles in Just 54 Years
Paul Beaumont G7VAK looks back to when many SWLs and radio amateurs started out with government surplus equipment and explains why TV/DAB dongles offer a low-cost option for today’s newcomers to hobby radio listening

PMR446 at the Shoreham Airshow
Edmund Spicer M0MNG shares his enthusiasm for PMR446

Radio Related Websites
Chrissy Brand offers a glimpse into her internet world

Off the Record
Oscar reflects on the demise of The Super Station Orkney and reports on one of his favourite short wave free radio stations

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker reports on a new transceiver and is stunned by a DX contact using a Sirio Thunder antenna

Win an SDRplay Radio Spectrum Processor kindly donated by SDRplay

Software Spot
To start the New Year, we’re offering programs for APRS tracking, propagation analysis, broadcast station schedule display, satellite prediction and tracking, circuit simulation, data decoding and logging, plus all the main featured software from December 2013 to December 2014

Radio Events

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

You can contact other readers by joining the RadioUser Readers’ Yahoo! Group e-mail forum. Simply follow the hyperlink to join like-minded readers in discussion, debate and information exchange.
RadioUser Readers’ Yahoo! Group


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