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Home made coaxial dipole antenna for civil (and military) airband.

I decided to make a simple coaxial dipole for civil airband monitoring, easy to make and widebanded. Provides very good performance throughout the 118-136 mhz range. The antenna is known as a “double bazooka” design and is very popular with radio amateurs who make it for 144-146mhz FM operations. Here we will adjust the lengths…


Another Yupiteru MVT-7000 “scanning legend” repaired.

I have a soft spot for the MVT-7000. I have a little collection going on of this amazing machine. Here are 4 units of the 7 units I have, 3 in good working order and the one to the far right you will see later in the yupi club chamber of horrors “example 1”.  …


2 More Airband Antennas from Superyagi reviewed.

Superyagi¬† Slim-Jim Antenna for Civil Airband (128mhz Centre Frequency) .   You may recall a review I did quite a while ago on the superyagi j-pole antenna for civil airband. That first review and a little more info about the business is linked below, http://www.merseyradar.co.uk/airband-radio/superyagi-civil-airband-antenna/ That variant was certainly made to last and that particular…


New SDR radio purchase, Airspy R2.

For a long time now I have been thinking about buying an SDR radio. I have plenty of low cost RTL dongles, they represent great value for money and are good for experimenting with the concept of SDR but when it comes to listening to steaming digital audio over several frequencies rapidly on lets say…


HP Elitebook Laptop repair went wrong..

Not radio related as such but here goes.   My current Lenovo T400 is well used and its getting tired although I have to say Its an excellent machine. I recently purchased a refurbished laptop from ebay. I opted for the excellent 14 inch HP Elitebook 8440p and after much searching to find the best…


I must have been ditty ordering from Radio*****!

I ordered an AW07A antenna analyser from a well known radio supplier in China, the price was very cheap compared to others on the internet, just under $170 USD at the time which I thought was a real bargain. On impulse, I bought it and then when searching around the internet I found a few…


Crystal Scanner Heaven.

This is definitely the largest collection of scanners I have ever seen. Feast your eyes on this little lot, the collection of enthusiast Gerrit Van Den Ham from The Netherlands.     When I seen this collection on the internet I contacted the owner Gerrit who lives in a town called Rhenen which is on…


SuperYagi Airband Antenna.

My latest purchase was a new antenna dedicated to the civilian airband 108-136 MHz. I had made J-Pole antennas before using ladder line, heavy copper wire and scrap copper pipe and even speaker wire but all were rough and ready types not very much in the way of care was taken in the construction. The…


Realistic PRO-2005 Repair. (Unit A).

Realistic Pro-2005 Scanner Repair. UNIT A. “Alpha” One of the great scanners of the 1990s, Manufactured by GRE communications Japan for Tandy/Radio Shack. The Pro-2005, like the almost identical Pro-2006 was known to be particularly good on AM airband, nice tone from the top mounted speaker. Much loved by its owners, The Pro-2005 and Pro-2006…


Tecsun PL-600 Modifications.

  The Tecsun PL-600 is a great HF radio for the price, some time ago I gave a thumbs up for it on my local aviation forum. A really good beginner HF radio, it has all you need without much in the way of financial outlay.   The PL-600 Comes with all the bits you…