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Monitoring Monthly February 2009

The Third Year of Best Selling Radio Listeners' Magazine!

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MM February 2009

Volume 4 Issue 2!

What are your interests? New products, VHF/UHF, Broadcast or utility DX, satellite news feeds, Military communication and excercises, Earth observation satelites, airbands, data modes, space, Motor sport comms, news of what's happening in the radio arena around the world, then monitoringmonthly is the magazine to keep you informed.

This month in monitoringmonthly you can find the following.

  • Win Once Again With MM - Over £90 worth of prizes!
  • Yet another free to enter competition.
  • As reviewed in the August 2006 issue of monitoringmonthly, the Bearcat UBC72XLT, is on offer in our free prize draw.
  • As we say - you can't WIN if you don't enter!

The Features Include:

  • Mr Beaumont's Antenna Problems
    Our numbers station guru Paul Beaumont shares his antenna experiences. Faced with the failure of his regular wire antenna, Paul needed a flexible and cost effective solution that would allow transmit and receive capabilities. If you've been wondering how best to solve your antenna needs, then this might be of help.
  • RadioCom 6 Review - Conclusion
    It's not hardware that Jack Weber looks at this time. Instead he examines RadioCom 6, a newly updated swiss army knife type of solution, that?s intended to improve your radio listening experience, by offering many facilities and features to assist with your monitoring activities. See what Jack concludes in the second of this extended two part review.
  • Too Close A Call!
    Phil Williams has been delighted with his Uniden UBC72XLT. It has accompanied him on many trips. How did he reward its good service? Read this account of what not to do to your trusty hand-held scanner!
  • More Taming Technology - Part 4
    Following various requests from some MM readers, who are finding some of the topics we cover a little challenging, we've asked Jack Weber to provide some more detailed background into some of these new and emerging technologies. This issue sees Jack examine the all important link between our analogue world and that of digital signal processing, ADCs and DACs, read on for explanations.
  • Scanning Update
    Dave Roberts provides both a light hearted and a serious view of the latest insight into the fascinating world of scanning and related subjects.
  • Digital Radio Explained
    Kevin Ryan brings more up-to-date news on the current state of DRM output with the ahead-of-time launch of a combined BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle English language service that runs for 18 hours a day.
  • Hands On With Hardy - Fishing Pole Based HF Dipole
    Another easy build antenna for you to construct this issue. Clive has already looked at using telescopic fishing rods as a basis for an easy to deploy vertical antenna in the past. Now, he presents an alternative use for a pair of lightweight rods, as he shows us how to make a compact easy to transport h.f. dipole.
  • Mode-A-Month Part 9 Switchers & Sweepers
    In the latest of the series, Clive examines a fundamental part of digital data transmission. Error detection and automatic correction allows the trouble free transmission of data streams to their intended recipients. Both utility and broadcast services rely on FEC, as do amateur modes such as PSK31 and D-Star to name but two.
  • MM Special Offer
    Don't miss this chance of a bargain. Possibly the UK's favourite scanner complete with CloseCall another chance of a bargain 25-1300MHz wideband scanner, with a.m, n.b.f.m. and w.b.f.m. Save with MM when you buy a UBC3500XLT and accessories!

Amongst the monthly regulars you'll find,

  • Martin Peters - Readers' Logs & News - What MM readers have received.
  • Andy Lyass - Flight Path - Our regular look at airbands and aviation, Mainly civil.
  • Keith Hamer & Garry Smith - TV DX - All the latest TV news and reception reports from afar. 
  • Dave Roberts - Scanning Update, the lastest
  • Clive Hardy - Amateur Scene - A taste of amateur radio.
  • Pat Carty - Ops Normal - The fascinating world of Mil-Coms, exercises and more, right from where the action happens! 
  • Ben Hogan - HF Utility radio.
  • Jacques d'Avignon - HF Propagation Forcast around the globe. 
  • Paul Beaumont of ENIGMA 2000
  • Greg Baker - Brings a quarterly look at the radio scene in Australia and South Pacific area.
  • Roger Bunney - Satellites View - a regular look at  Clarke Belt News Feeds
  • Tony Currie - A Broadcasters View - The perspective from the other side of the transmitter. name but a few! Our aim is to be at the forefront of the hobby - and that's where you say we are!

Make sure you don't miss the next issue of monitoringmonthly! We've set about making sure that the best authorities in the hobby are writing for monitoringmonthly. Our massive 100 page issue is jam packed with radio essentials! In every issue, we provide practical wireless and radio advice from our knowledgable authors and whether you are just a radio user, or a keen enthusiast - MM has something for you!. Brought to you by the the team you can trust to bring you the very best!

You get much more with monitoringmonthly. Our downloadable PDF subscriptions for £29.95 per year or just £4.95 for subscribers to our paper version, are becoming very popular indeed! We continue to bring you the best radio magazine in the land! If you are looking for quality covereage of radio related subjects, then this is the place to be. The magazine of choice for real listening enthusiasts just keeps getting better. MM is the best selling and best loved radio listeners' magazine in the UK. Produced by the Team You Can Trust to bring you what you want!

Don't miss this exciting new radio magazine. Make sure that you keep an eye on the news stands for the current issue of Radio Communications Monitoring Monthly. If your favorite retailer can't find us, then tell them the ISSN 1747-7809. The magazine trade refer to us as 'Radio & Comm'.

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