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Headphone Comparison
This time, rather than a single product review, Mike Richards takes a look at three pairs of headphones with different price points

Radio Events

Scanning Scene
Bill Robertson revisits the Wireless Telegraphy Register and details how to convert a low-cost DMR handheld radio into a fully-fledged DMR scanner

Mike Richards takes a look at a new utility download with SDR# that allows visualisation of larger frequency ranges when used with the Airspy receiver

Military Matters
Pat Carty says farewell to the Sea King and reports on his selection of recent events and exercises likely to be of interest to mil-com monitors

Sky High
Godfrey Manning asks about a VOLMET mystery, comments on a regulatory proposal for the control of drones and flights collecting weather data

Keith Hamer and Garry Smith bring you their monthly roundup of reception reports on Bands I and II, including captures around sunset of lo-band, low-power, digital terrestrial TV in San Diego

Maritime Matters
Robert Connolly reflects on the origins of maritime pilotage and the safety of pilots as they embark and disembark from vessels underway

FM and DAB Part 2
In the concluding part of his article, Ray Dring G0BXG describes how to construct folded dipoles for the reception of DAB and FM broadcasts

Book Reviews
David Harris looks at Russia in the Microphone Age: A History of Soviet Radio, 1919-1970 and The Worldwide Listening Guide (7th Edition)

Airband News
David Smith describes how GA pilots will soon be able to use the full functionality of their Mode-S extended squitter transponders and describes a new technology platform that will transform air traffic management in the UK

LM&S Broadcast Matters
Chrissy Brand brings you her monthly compilation of readers’ logs and reports on a World Radio Day event at SOAS that looked at radio as a peacebuilding tool

Mode-S Virtual Radar
Pat Carty takes another look at JAERO and then offers some words of advice to data sharers to make sure they don’t infringe FAA Blocking Agreements

Decoding RDS Part 1
Roger Thomas looks at the background to the radio data system, which was developed to make VHF FM broadcast receivers more user-friendly

Radio Websites
Chrissy Brand introduces you to some bloggers from around the world and then suggests some useful guides to the radio hobby


Digital Radio on Short Wave
Although there might not be many international broadcasters using DRM, Kevin Ryan still thinks it is worth giving it a go

Off the Record
Oscar comments on how broadcasting rules will affect media coverage of the forthcoming EU referendum and then replies to some correspondence

Comms from Europe
Simon Parker reports on new antennas from Sirio, simplex repeater activity on PMR 446 and the launch of a new AM/SSB transceiver from President in America

News & Products

Software Spot
This month, QSP73 Services brings you a massive radio data and digital decoding collection plus a bonus selection suggested by a reader

Trading Post Second-hand bargains

Radio Book Store New titles in stock


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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