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On Sale 23rd March 2017

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SDRplay RSP2 Wideband SDR Receiver
Mike Richards reviews the latest Radio Spectrum Processor from SDRplay, the RSP2

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson takes a look at the reception of wireless video and offers more thoughts on digital mobile radio. He helps a RadioUser reader with a decoding issue and looks forward to the summer

Mike Richards concludes his guide to setting up a station for receiving images from polar orbiting weather satellites with advice on the use of preamplifiers, configuring your receiver, image decoding software and operating tips

SOS Titanic!
Scott Caldwell looks at the use of wireless and communications on board the RMS Titanic, which sank during her maiden voyage 105 years ago, on the night of April 14th to 15th 1912

Book Review
David Harris reviews The BBC: Myth of a Public Service by Tom Mills

Sky High
Godfrey Manning explains how airports report that operations are affected by snow and then muses on some of the technical constraints relating to the proposed third runway at London Heathrow

DXTV & Satellite News
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith report on readers’ FM and TV DX catches in January and go global with news from countries beyond Europe including Australia, Mexico and Thailand

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly looks at the radio communications used by crews on board cruise ships and offers some tips for ensuring the best results for monitoring transatlantic NAVTEX

Airband News
David Smith reports on the operational trials of remote tower technology in the Republic of Ireland and the second voice system for ATC communications in UK airspace

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand covers radio from Alaska to New Zealand, including mainstream and religious stations and reports back from a UNESCO World Radio Day event in London

Robert Connolly looks at how to spot negative idents and offers tips on how to resolve them and then reports on some of the conditions he encountered for transatlantic reception in the winter

RF Development Board – Part 8
Roger Thomas offers his design for a crystal controlled direction conversion receiver that covers part of the 80m amateur band

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand and RadioUser readers choose a wide range of websites to help you make the most of your time online, with podcasts about radio, hobby blogs, books and stations

Win a bundle of Klingenfuss publications

Off the Record
Oscar recalls an April Fool’s Day prank on Radio Luxembourg, takes a look at and catches up with a famous name in free radio

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker brings you the latest equipment updates, including a look at the new BazookaStick antenna. He notes an anniversary and marvels at some of the distances worked using PMR 446

News & Products

Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services brings you another superb software collection with plenty of programs for the forthcoming summer season, including for QSL management, SOTA logging and propagation

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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