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Sparks – A Semi-Serious Look at the Hobby

10/09/2005 Simon 3

How did you start in radio, either as a SWL, scanner user or a ham? I suppose my own experience was typical in that I was loaned a shortwave radio – an Eddystone but don’t ask me which one – and listened to exotic places which, as a schoolboy back […]

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Cordless Phones Examined – Low Power Device Monitoring

10/05/2004 Simon 1

Surprising how far these short range devices can carry. Not just around the house but way beyond! A look at low power device monitoring. It is a well known fact that many radio systems are moving over to secure digital communications – the Police, Fire Services and many other government […]

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Understanding SWR – Part 2

28/04/2004 Simon 0

Jack investigates the effectiveness of Matchers. Are these devices a magical answer to SWR problems? So now you know about SWR you might be looking at adverts for CB matchers and thinking, “that’s the thing for me, no adjustments necessary”. So lets have a look at them and see if […]

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Understanding SWR – Part 1

28/04/2004 Simon 1

No matter how you look at it, SWR is the most important part of radio theory. Here you can put it into practice. So you have connected up your new CB and installed the antenna. Now you have to tune, or SWR it. You may have been told that this […]