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October 2017

On Sale 28th September 2017

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QRM Warrior: Building a Field Strength Meter
In his quest to pinpoint man-made interference, Keith Rawlings talks us through his latest project, the construction of a simple field strength meter  

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson investigates the compatibility of different DRM systems, explains how to receive the International Space Station on your scanner and continues his beginners’ guide to scanning 

Feedback and Corrections

Mike Richards has news on a wide range of exciting hardware and software this month, helping you to get the best out of your monitoring and decoding projects  

Military Matters
Pat Carty provides some first-hand information on US and UK aircraft carriers, reports on Exercises Chameleon and Saxon Warrior 17 and visits the Russian Army 17 Exhibition

Book Review
David Harris evaluates The Golden Days of Radio One: Hotshots, Big Shots and Potshots, by David Hamilton

Sky High
Godfrey Manning points to more sources of accurate aeronautical information and looks at aerodrome radio in the past and at aspects of contemporary communications

DXTV, FM & Satellite News
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith offer a seasonal feast of TV and FM DX reception reports, due to favourable atmospheric conditions and Sporadic-E propagation

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly puts recent commemorative events in a wider maritime radio context and begins his search for a new marine band transceiver

Robert Connolly goes back to basics on beacon technology and equipment maintenance and delivers his bi-monthly NDB listings against the background of weaker conditions

Airband News
David Smith delves into the history of GPS infrastructure and is concerned about drones around airfields. He also outlines a noteworthy engineering career scheme for women

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand winds up her recent Canada on-the-road radio movie, reacts to readers’ listening reports and introduces a new short wave radio station

Radio RIAT 2017 
In this feature, Ian Doyle writes on how he monitored RIAT 2017, describing his extensive preparations, location, multi-receiver setup and major catches 

The bhi ParaPro EQ20B-DSP
Mike Richards shines a reviewer’s spotlight on the new bhi ParaPro EQ20B-DSP combined equaliser, noise reduction unit and audio power amplifier

News & Products

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand evaluates the pick of this month’s most fascinating radio-related websites and finds some real gems for both radio enthusiasts and researchers of radio’s political history

Off the Record
Oscar the Engineer explains free radio terminology, looks at adaptive frequency selection and evaluates recent transmissions by Pirate BBC Essex 2017 and Radio MiAMiGO 

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker relates the highs and lows of his recent personal experience with CB transceivers, introduces some new offerings by President and Stabo and assesses recent band activity

Radio Events

Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services offers another stimulating collection of radio-related hobby software, including programs to enhance your contest activities and data modes monitoring 

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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