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RadioUser October 2016 CoverOctober 2016.

On Sale 22 September 2016

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Alex’s Adventures in Sideband Land
Alex Whittaker tells of his love of radio and spans the decades with a look back at the early days of CB and then comes right up to date with the purchase of a President Grand II Premium transceiver

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson recommends a frequency list and some books of potential interest. He explains how to receive SSTV from the ISS and relays a reader’s request for help to unlock the keypad on his Yupiteru MVT-7100

Book Review
David Harris looks at V for Victory: The Wireless Campaign that Defeated the Nazis by David Boyle

Mike Richards guides you through the software download and installation in order to utilise the Red Pitaya development board as an SDR receiver

Military Matters
Pat Carty’s compilation of mil-com related items includes intelligence gathering aircraft, a heads-up on JW162 and Unmanned Warrior, Coronet missions and Dragon Lady at Fairford

Sky High
Following the RAF’s decision to reduce the number of glider training sites available for cadets, Godfrey Manning muses on where the next generation of aviators will be inspired and trained

Keith Hamer and Garry Smith report that July was a mixture of dire Sporadic-E conditions peppered with some interesting exotics

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly tells the tragic story of the wartime collision between an outbound passenger ferry and an inbound cargo ship and then reports on the maritime demonstrations at his local airshow

Airband News
David Smith reports on the part played by the D&D Cell at Swanwick during an emergency involving an aircraft over the North Atlantic, Amazon’s plans for a trial of a drone delivery system and a new era for ATC in Scotland

News & Products


LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand and fellow RadioUser readers take you on a tour of the AM bands during which you’ll find out about new stations, technical hitches and a 17th century shipwreck

Robert Connolly offers some sound advice in preparation for the forthcoming DX season, muses on the recycling of NDB equipment, undertakes a running repair and brings you his compilation of recent logs

RF Development Board – Part 2
In the process of looking at direct conversion, Roger Thomas introduces you to the NE602/612 double-balanced mixer and oscillator, tuned circuits and two types of fixed capacitor

RIAT 2016
Ian Doyle tells of his trip to Gloucestershire for this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, which included a visit to the Tower and a brief on the air traffic related planning involved in staging this major event

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand brings you an extensive selection of websites covering ships, Pacific Islands, free radio, a tale from WWII and a thesis on Top 40 radio

Off the Record
Oscar starts by marking the 49th anniversary of when the
Marine, &c., Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967 became law and then muses on online tribute stations and concern regarding policing of the internet

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker brings you up to date on new transceivers and antennas, encourages you to have a listen to the Charile Tango DX Group Sunday DX net and then reflects on his on the air experience while travelling around Eastern Europe 

Radio Events

Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services’ software collection includes programs for the design and analysis diplexers, audio DSP, SSTV reception and a special selection of programs for monitoring and communicating via the ISS


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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