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ru-january-2017-coverJanuary 2017.

On Sale 20th December 2016

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Whistler TRX-1 Digital Scanner
Mike Richards looks at the recently released TRX-1 handheld digital scanner from Whistler and introduces you to object oriented scanning, Scanlists and Scan Sets, EZ Scan and Whistler ‘Q’

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson tells of an issue on the International Space Station, considers equipment that can be bought on online auctions and shares some advice from readers

Mike Richards takes a look at digital voice signals and shows you how they can be easily decoded using free software

Military Matters
Pat Carty reports on the annual Combined Arms Manoeuvre Demonstration and Exercise Wessex Storm. He then ponders a mystery regarding erroneous GPS data near the Kremlin and selects some airshow dates for 2017

Sky High
Godfrey Manning explains that radio, although essential to pilots, can also be a distraction 

DXTV & Satellite News
Keith Hamer and Garry Smith look back to some TV anniversaries in 2016 and report that conditions in October gave the chance to hear some western European FM stations

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly reports on monitoring recent incidents from his listening post and describes some of the software he uses to identify, locate and track vessels

NCI Calshot
Phil Bridges G6DLJ offers an insight into the work of the National Coastwatch Institution and the services offered by the volunteer watchkeepers at NCI Calshot

Book Review
David Harris looks at the Radio Adventures of the MV Communicator

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand reports on visits to the studios of two central European broadcasters and then takes a look at some of the winter season short wave schedules

Mode-S Virtual Radar
Pat Carty brings you details of an app to display airport METAR reports and then brings you his latest compilation of updates

RF Development Board – Part 5
As lead into his protoboard-based NAVTEX receiver, Roger Thomas looks at the background to this form of maritime data broadcast used to promulgate MSI

Receiver Protection Unit – Part 2
In the concluding part of his description of his RPU, Keith Rawlings G4MIU takes you through the construction and testing phases and also offers some alternative suggestions

News & Products

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand and RadioUser readers choose a wide range of websites to help you make the most of your time online with some historical programmes, DX catches, hobby blogs and a radio comms drama

Off the Record
Oscar starts the New Year by sharing his thoughts on free speech, the result of the US presidential election, feedback on talkRADIO, station promotion, free radio activity on long wave and Radio Caroline’s application for a community radio licence

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker compares two new transceivers that arrived on the market towards the end of the year. He also gives an insight into equipment coming our way in 2017

Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services brings you another superb software collection that includes programs for amateur SSTV, analysing antennas, decoding live digital position reports from aircraft and software for real-time satellite tracking and orbit prediction

Radio Events

Handy reference guide

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

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