RadCom October 2015, Vol. 91, No. 10

| September 18, 2015

Cover image: Operating MC0RYC during Project DX15.

News and Reports

6 RSGB Matters
YOTA Month, RadCom Plus news, Construction Competition, President’s review of contesting, book updates for new licence questions in exams, recognising and encouraging volunteers, QSL matters, half year commentary 2015, congratulations and welcome
11 News
All the amateur radio news
14 New Products
Exciting new products we’ve heard about this month
82 Around Your Region
Club news and planned events around the country

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Features

32 RSGB Convention, 9-11 October
Elaine Richards, G4LFM looks forward to this month’s flagship event
36 Project DX15
RSGB Youth Coordinator Mike Jones, 2EOMLJ describes the RSGB Youth DXpedition to the Brecon Beacons in July
40 Hamfest
A look at the 2015 Hamfest by Elaine Richards, G4LFM including news of some very special offers

Reviews

57 Watson VAA-1
Steve Nichols, G0KYA looks at this very capable little antenna analyser
61 Book review
The RSGB Operating Manual 8th edition and ARRL’s Portable Antenna Classics examined by Giles Read, G1MFG

Technical Features

16 Homebrew
Eamon Skelton, EI9GQ develops the PIC software for the Pinguino PIC board to control the 10m transceiver project
20 Morse code tutor
A little something to make learning easier by Martin D. Waller, G0PJO
22 From sidebands to splatter
Andrew Churchley, G4EAQ takes a look at how excessive bandwidth signals occur and makes a suggestion on how they may be quantified
26 160 and 630m inverted-L for suburbia
You don’t have to own a giant garden to get active on the low bands, explains Dr David ‘Doc’ Wescombe-Down, VK5BUG
42 Design Notes
A bumper column from Andy Talbot, G4JNT looking at making your own PCBs for through-hole and surface mount technologies
46 EMC
More about ferrites, plus building your own RF current transformer by Dr David Lauder, G0SNO
48 Moving On
John Welsh, G0NVZ starts looking at the importance of a good earth at the lower frequencies
56 Data
A look at WSJT payloads with Andy Talbot, G4JNT

Regulars

91 Advertisers’ index
30 Antennas, Peter Dodd, G3LDO
70 GHz, Dr John Worsnop, G4BAO
64 HF, Martin Atherton, G3ZAY
62 LF, Dave Pick, G3YXM
81 Propagation, Gwyn Williams, G4KFH
55 QRP, Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV
92 Members’ ads, rallies and events, Silent Keys and special event stations
76 Sport radio, Steve White, G3ZVW
96 The Last Word
66 VHF/UHF, Richard Staples, G4HGI

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