RadCom October 2013, Vol. 89, No. 10

| October 25, 2013


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Contents RadCom October 2013

News and Reports

  • 6 RSGB Matters
    Including Club of the Year information, staff changes at HQ, QSL Matters, New Joiners and RSGB Half Year Results
  • 11 News
    All the amateur radio news
  • 12 Centenary News
    Latest news on the continuing RSGB Centenary celebrations
  • 80 Around Your Region
    Clubs news and planned events around the country


  • 26 SOTA Review
    SOTAbeams aerials, log books and battery monitors reviewed by Mike Richards, G4WNC
  • 39 Book Review
    Giles Read, G1MFG looks at Morse Code for Radio Amateurs and Six & Four – billed as “the complete guide to 50 & 70MHz amateur radio”

Technical Features

  • 18 Homebrew
    UHF amplifier techniques for the homebrew 70cm transverter project by Eamon Skelton, EI9GQ
  • 36 Data
    Andy Talbot, G4JNT looks at self-organising networks and licence-exempt UHF data
  • 44 EMC
    Dr David Lauder, G0SNO sums up the first hundred years of EMC plus wireless energy transfer and interference from LED lights
  • 70 Design Notes
    More on RF power measurement, LNBs and a look at transverters with Andy Talbot, G4JNT
  • 72 Start Here/Moving On
    A change of name for the column as John Welsh, G0NVZ continues his look at the basics of dipoles


  • 14 Commonwealth Contest in Kigali
    Nick Henwood, G3RWF/9X0NH describes the first amateur station to take part in the contest from Rwanda since it became a member of the Commonwealth
  • 22 RSGB Convention
    Everything you need to know about the Centenary Convention on 11-13 October by Dave Wilson, M0OBW
  • 30 National Hamfest
    Lining up our best show ever at the biggest rally of the year
  • 32 G100RSGB
    Clubs show how much fun they’ve been having with the RSGB Centenary special event station
  • 40 Getting Started in Tropo
    Jim Bacon, G3YLA explains how this weather-dependent mode can have dramatic effects at VHF and above


  • 87 Advertisers index
  • 66 Antennas, Peter Dodd, G3LDO
  • 63 GHz, Dr John Worsnop, G4BAO
  • 58 HF, Don Field, G3XTT
  • 16 IOTA , Martin Atherton, G3ZAY
  • 56 LF, Dave Pick, G3YXM
  • 78 Propagation, Gwyn Williams, G4KFH
  • 55 QRP, Rev George Dobbs, G3RJV
  • 88 Members’ Ads, Rallies and Events, Silent Keys and Special Event stations
  • 74 Sport Radio, Steve White, G3ZVW
  • 92 The Last Word
  • 60 VHF/UHF, Richard Staples, G4HGI

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