Category: Airband Radio

Vintage WIN-108 Civil Airband Receiver

If you were a civil airband enthusiast in the late 1980s you may recall the WIN-108 receiver. The radio had 20 channels in 2 banks of 10. I had one of these, a very capable machine back in the day and I liked using it on my plane spotting visits to Manchester Ringway Airport, UK….

M1GEO Wellgood Active RX Loop Antenna.

Added February 2023. M1GEO Wellgood Active RX Loop Antenna. A guide to my install of M1GEO Wellgood Active Loop receive antenna . To view article, please click the link. M1GEO Wellgood Active RX Loop Antenna.    

Belka DX HF Portable Receiver with DSP

An article on the wonderful HF DSP “Spy Radio” from Belarus The Belka DX. Included are a few World Excusive Photos of the early prototype “Belka 1” and some commntary from the creator Alex Buevsky EU1ME. Click on the window below to open the article. Belka DX HF Portable DSP Receiver

L-Band DIY antennas for Jaero

Carrying on from my previous JAERO/L-BAND blog post linked below     It should be noted that both of the antennas detailed below I intend to use with the excellent LNA Amplifier /Saw Filter Combination, The “Saw Bird io” by Nooelec which is bespoke designed for the intended frequency range (around 1545-1550mhz).    …

Yihua 937D+ 60W Soldering Station.. Bargain !

A while ago my 20 year old Weller soldering station finally gave up. I sent the unit away to a Weller agent for repair but the unit was returned to me with a  service note read “uneconomical to repair”. I looked at a brand new Weller unit but they are so expensive now..way over £200…

Satellite ACARS reception on L-Band with JAERO.

UPDATE AUGUST 2021. There is a new release of Jaero v1.0.4.13 by Jonti Olds   See the bottom of this page for improvements and download links   and a new way of decoding using a much simplified cross platform receiver called SDRReceiver by author Jeroen Beijer. If you follow the instructions you should…

SDRPlay RSP1A Receiver Review.

SDRPlay are a British company and they have been manufacturing SDR radios since 2015. Their first model was the RSP1 which had a 2 tone grey/blue case. All of SDRPlays radios are designed and built in the UK which is very surprising as most products like this are built and assembled in China or Taiwan….

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

 Builders please let me know about your version of the #AirbandBazooka  by sending me a message or photos on twitter. Please do provide some photos/reception reports and I will include them here.   Make your own DIY #AirbandBazooka antenna for Civil or Military using the guide on my website Performance better than…

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 Yupiteru club chamber of horrors photos  “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, That variant was certainly made to last and that particular…