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ru-december-2016-coverDecember 2016.

On Sale 24th November 2016

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Receiver Protection Unit – Part 1
Keith Rawlings G4MIU considers receiver protection and describes his design for a homebrew receiver protection unit

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson takes a look at monitoring local and wide area pager messaging and relays a reader’s thoughts on the Whistler TRX-2 mobile/desktop digital scanner

Mike Richards brings you up to date on the latest Raspbian release and a Linux vulnerability. He then looks at the reception of HF facsimile transmissions and configuring Fldigi

Military Matters
Pat Carty reports on his recent visit to Scotland to observe a major international maritime exercise and his visit to the site of what will become the Scottish Submarine Centre

Sky High
Godfrey Manning responds to questions submitted by two readers and, in the process, explains flight procedures so that the jargon used by pilots over the radio becomes understandable

DXTV & Satellite News
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith report on some good Sporadic-E and tropospheric conditions in September and uncover some BBC nostalgia

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly looks at the early days of marine distress signals and how they were adopted by the international community


Airband News
David Smith brings you up to date on developments at Luton and then considers European wake vortex re-categorisation

News & Products

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand selects the best from the broadcast bands and fellow RadioUser readers also recommend some easy catches and hard to hear signals

Robert Connolly brings you details of a multimode decoder for Mac-based devices, muses on the potential origin of a mystery signal and rounds off with his suggestion for a possible stocking filler

RF Development Board – Part 4
Roger Thomas explains how to build a direct conversion receiver that can be used to monitor signals on medium wave

Book Review
David Harris looks at Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand and RadioUser readers choose a selection of diverse websites past and present, listen to radio stations in Alaska and New Zealand, check out the latest gadgets and watch television online from Croatia and Minnesota

Radio Events

Off the Record
Oscar muses on an advert with a catchy tune, revisits a radio-related episode of The Goodies and then rounds off with his thoughts on propagation and current activity on the medium wave band

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker discusses updates and modifications to transceivers that were new in 2016. He looks at the new PMR channels now in use in some EU countries and predicts what’s in store for 2017

RadioUser Index 2016

Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services is offering a ‘seasonal special’ compilation that includes all the main featured software offered with the January to November 2016 collections (excluding large text files and the Mods and Manuals collection) together with programs for predicting propagation conditions, satellite tracking and pager decoding for Windows


Radio Book Store

Trading Post

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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