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RadioUser June 2017 CoverJune 2017

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Radio – A Sound Future
Chrissy Brand reports from this year’s Radiodays Europe conference, where radio’s past was celebrated alongside current day innovation

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson reports on HF emergency communications and a forthcoming public safety communications app for smartphones. He then looks at battery maintenance, Motorola versus Hytera litigation and NXDN on the Whistler TRX-1 and TRX-2 scanners

Mike Richards describes the accurate configuration of the new Airspy Spy Server, outlines its correct installation on a Raspberry Pi 3 setup and provides hints and tips for its use

Military Matters
Pat Carty reports on an unprecedented training deployment, updates readers on virtual radar matters and then looks at planning at Pontrilas, HM The Queen’s Birthday Flypast and Exercise Joint Warrior 17-1 activity at Woodbridge

Sky High
Godfrey Manning considers freely available aeronautical information, the idea of a radically new type of runway and explains the origin of the whining noise generated by some aircraft on approach

DXTV, FM & Satellite News
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith muse on reception conditions in March created by tropospheric enhancement and review some reception reports from Australia

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly responds to reader feedback, provides an update on a recent rescue operation off the west coast of Ireland and wonders about a light signal beside the Newry Ship Canal

Saw Tooth Antenna – Part 2
Kevin Ryan continues the tale of his attempt to install an external low visual impact antenna for the HF bands

Airband News
David Smith introduces Airspace Explorer, which is a new flight tracking app developed by NATS and FlightAware

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand reports on the summer short wave schedules and shares readers’ logs and observations, before looking at social meetings taking place for DXers this summer

Bristow Helicopters SAR Provision at Lydd
John Periam and Geoffrey Lee go behind the scenes at Lydd in Kent, where Bristow Helicopters Limited delivers search and rescue operations on behalf of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Robert Connolly offers some timely advice on protecting your equipment from damage during thunderstorms and relays some useful tips to aid beacon identification

Book Review
David Harris looks at a book that helps to expand knowledge of offshore radio in the 1980s and offers a valuable insight into how music stations are programmed

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand considers radio programmes commemorating the past and others that are very much alive in the present. There is also a look at the DXers’ bible and some readers’ suggestions

Off the Record
Oscar provides some background to his opinions regarding free radio, examining the issues of ownership and ethics. He then muses on the pirate code of honour and the pitfalls of going legal

Win one of three pairs of tickets to RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2017 on Saturday, July 8th

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker updates readers on new equipment, looks at using Bluetooth accessories with his Midland M-Mini transceiver and describes his other transceivers and antennas

Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services brings you another superb collection of software with programs to aid homebrew antenna construction, the decoding of ACARS, ADS-B, HFDL, Morse code and RTTY, satellite prediction and speech processing

News & Products, Radio Book Store, Trading Post, Glossary, Feedback, 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

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.
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