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Edited by Stephen Appleyard G3PND
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Much is published across the world about amateur radio antennas. International Antennas brings together some of the very best material that has been published in recent years. There are over 50 articles included with authors from Australia, Scandinavia, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA and more.
International Antennas has an emphasis is on practical rather than theoretical. You will find descriptions of the construction and performance of antennas enabling the reader to build their own versions. These articles have been written by experienced radio amateurs who have been so pleased with the performance of their particular antenna, that they have been moved to put pen to paper to share this experience.
There is a huge range of antennas included in this book, covering 17 bands from VLF through to 70cm. You will find articles covering the 'stealthy' antennas through to novel approaches to classic antennas. There are verticals, loops, beams and a host of unusual designs. There is so much in fact that the editor has provided a cross reference to see at a glance the bands antennas are designed for and if they are intended for fixed use or mobile/portable operation.
International Antennas is a fabulous collection of antenna articles from around the world. It is intended for everyone who is interested in amateur radio antenna design or is just looking for practical antennas to study and build.
Size: 200 x 234mm, 176 pages
ISBN: 9781 9101 9335 8
Time in Powers of Ten
Natural Phenomena and Their Timescales
By Gerard 't Hooft and Stefan Vandoren
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This richly illustrated and extraordinary book ranges from the unimaginably huge to the unimaginably tiny. Nobel Laureate Gerard 't Hooft and Theoretical Physicist Stefan Vandoren describe the enormous diversity of natural phenomena that take place at different time scales.
In the tradition of the bestseller Powers of Ten, the authors zoom in and out in time, each step with a factor of ten. Starting from one second, time scales are enlarged until processes are reached that take much longer than the age of the universe. After the largest possible eternities, the reader is treated to the shortest and fastest phenomena known. Then the authors increase with powers of ten, until again the second is reached at the end of the book.
At each time scale, interesting natural phenomena occur, spread over all scientific disciplines: orbital and rotation periods of planets and stars, decay times of elementary particles and atoms, biological rhythms and evolution processes, but also the different geological time scales.
Time in the Powers of Ten is an endlessly fascinating and enjoyable read for anyone interested in a deeper understanding of time, and how it shapes our lives.
Size 267x254mm, 232 pages
ISBN: 9789 8144 8981 2
Non Member's Price £20.00
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Double Cross - Agent TATE
The Wartime Story of Harry Williamson
By Tommy Jonason & Simon Olsson
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Double Cross- Agent Tate details the Second World War career of the longest serving double agent in the Double Cross system, Harry Williamson. Harry operated from September 1940 to the end of war after initially being parachuted into England by the Nazi secret service, the Abwehr. He was quickly caught and taken to Camp 020 for interrogation by the team led by the famous Colonel 'Tin-Eye' Stephens. He eventually agreed to work as a double agent with the cover name TATE and went on to send more than a thousand messages during the war for the Double Cross organization, who's aim was to supply disinformation to the Nazi regime.
Harry took part in the famous D-Day deception, provided the Nazis with misinformation about the damage caused by the V1 and V2 rockets and misled the German Navy with faulty intelligence over U-boat minefields, critical to the success of British convoys. After the war he settled in Watford and worked as a photographer. He was almost completely anonymous (although still protected by MI5), partly through fear of revenge, until his name was revealed in the 1990s.
Size 124x198mm, 274 pages
ISBN: 9781 4456 0864 8
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Breaking Hitler's Top Secret Code at Bletchley Park
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By Jerry Roberts
Many know the story of Bletchley Park and the breaking of the Enigma machine codes in WWII. Few however know the story of the breaking of another German cipher machine, used by Hitler himself to convey messages to his top generals in the field. A machine more complex and secure than Enigma - a machine called 'Lorenz', that the Germans believed could never be broken.
For sixty years, no one knew about Lorenz or 'Tunny', or the determined group of men who finally broke the code and thus changed the course of the war. During the war Bletchley Park broke around 64,000 Lorenz encoded messages. It is true that the information in these was used to alter the course of WWII. Information for example was passed to the Russians warning of the German offensive at Kursk which allowed a Russian build up that completely altered the potential outcome of the Battle of Kursk. During the D-Day landings decrypts also showed the Germans had fallen for the Par-de-Calais ruse that kept vital reinforcements from being sent to Normandy.
Many of the codebreakers went to their deaths without anyone knowing of their achievements. Here, for the first time, senior codebreaker Captain Jerry Roberts tells the complete story of this extraordinary feat of intellect and of his struggle to get his wartime colleagues the recognition they deserve. The work carried out at Bletchley Park during the war to partially automate the process of breaking Lorenz, which had previously been done entirely by hand, was ground breaking and is recognised as having kick-started the modern computer age.
Lorenz provides an insight into perhaps one of the most important parts of the codebreaking carried out at Bletchley Park and is thoroughly recommended reading for anyone interested in the work carried out there.
Hardback: Size: 152x229mm, 240 pages ISBN: 9780750978859
Non Member's Price £20.00
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A Clear Case of Genius
Room 40's Code-breaking Pioneer
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By Admiral Sir Reginald 'Blinker' Hall
In 1933 the Admiralty banned 'Blinker' Hall from publishing his autobiography and for those that know the story of Room 40 code breaking, a fore runner to Bletchley Park this is not a surprise, but here, for the first time, A Clear Case of Genius presents his story in his own words.
From the chapters that have survived from his autobiography you can now read what the renowned spymaster had to say about the British Naval Intelligence - the pinnacle of the world's secret intelligence services. He explores the function of secret intelligence in wartime, censorship and subterfuge. He even writes about the significance of Churchill in the disastrous Dardanelles (Gallipoli) campaign. There is much about the famous Zimmermann Telegram and its perhaps pivotal role in the USA's entry to the First World War. 'Blinker' Hall was clearly at the centre of the code breaking in WWI and A Clear Case of Genius portrays the inner workings and successes of Room 40.
A Clear Case of Genius is not only the original autobiography but has extensive supporting explanatory text and images from well-known author Philip Vickers. Renowned author and expert, Nigel West also provides a foreword that sets the book in its true historical context.
Presented in a hardback format A Clear Case of Genius provides a unique insight into the thinking of one of Britain's pioneering intelligence leaders and a fascinating insight into code breaking before Bletchley Park came into existence.
Hardback - Size 164x242mm, 224 pages ISBN: 9780750982658
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Tecsun PL-880 Receiver
RSGB Members Only Special Offer
As a special offer for RSGB members only, we have negotiated a special offer price with Nevada Radio of the IHSG. We can bring you this top quality radio and all its accessories saving of £25 on normal retail price.
The Tecsun PL-880 portable shortwave receiver is a power packed world class portable radio covering FM, Medium Wave, Long Wave and Short Wave. There is a SSB function for USB & LSB. The radio is packed with features including 3050 programmable memory presets, with analogue Hi-IF circuit, multi conversion and DSP decoding technology. There is a clock with alarm functions and an included Lithium ion battery,
The PL-880 has an impressive array of accessories including a quality protective case, USB charge lead, miniature stereo earphones, carry strap, and extending wire antenna for short wave use.
Size 192 x 113 x 33mm (W x H x D) weight: 576 g
Delivery is direct to the customer from Nevada UK and so P&P cannot be combined with for other purchases made in this shop. These will continue to be charged at our usual rates. P&P to destinations outside the UK is at the discretion of Nevada UK and we may not be able to deliver to all destinations. You may place orders here for delivery outside the UK but we may need to adjust final P&P as is appropriate. We will confirm by email before processing any additional charges.
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RSGB Yearbook 2018
Edited by Mike Browne, G3DIH
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More calls than ever before and a new lower price too!
There are more UK and Ireland callsigns on issue than ever and they are all included in the RSGB Yearbook 2018. With thousands of changes and updates included this book contains the very latest details available of over 87,500 UK and Irish Republic callsigns in its massive 544 pages.
Not only does the RSGB Yearbook 2018 remain the latest callsign information available for the UK but it is also the most comprehensive guide to amateur radio in the UK and worldwide. You will find over 170 pages of invaluable reference material for just about everything you are ever likely to want to know about amateur radio. There is all the latest information on every aspect of the RSGB from how the Society is organised, the services it offers, committees, who to contact for assistance, etc. Regional information provides details of the RSGB Regional Manager Team, local clubs, contest, repeater and much more. There is a huge range of information sections included from Repeaters, Beacons, Band Plans, RSGB Awards, RSGB Contests and HF Propagation Predictions for 2017. There are also listings of special contest callsigns, permanent special event callsigns and much, much more.
The RSGB Yearbook 2018 is as always much more than a simple list of callsigns and if you haven't purchased a copy in a while the updated information is an essential for every well-equipped shack.
Better value than ever - why not treat yourself to a RSGB Yearbook 2018
210x297mm 544 pages ISBN: 9781 9101 9341 9
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Non Member's Price £17.99
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British Military Intelligence
Objects from the Military Intelligence Museum
Nick van Der Bijl
One of the little known museums of the UK is the Military Intelligence Museum at Chicksands in Bedfordshire. This museum provides a huge insight into British intelligence activity since Wellington's time and this new book provides a unique look at its fascinating collection.
Through a mix of objects, medals, photographs and documents held in the Military Intelligence Museum, the book tells the story of British military intelligence across the years, moving from its earliest object of the Waterloo medal awarded to the Duke of Wellington's senior intelligence officer to items recovered from operations in Afghanistan. This fascinating collection includes a Boer War photographic stereoscope and uniforms worn by intelligence officers and other ranks during the First World War. Among the Second World War objects are a very rare highest gallantry medal awarded to a British officer by France, items that belonged to a founder of the Long Range Desert Group, an example of a pigeon coop used to deliver pigeons in Occupied Europe, a chess set used by captured Special Operations Executive operatives in Buchenwald concentration camp and copies of forged rations coupons dropped into Germany as part of Psychological Warfare Executive operations. The end of the war saw the Intelligence Corps heavily involved in arresting war criminals in Germany and Japan; among the objects are handcuffs used by a Field Security Section in Occupied Germany to arrest three high-ranking Nazi officials. During the Cold War, the Intelligence Corps role in collecting intelligence from those organisations hostile to British interests and protecting the Army from espionage, sabotage and terrorism is illustrated by several documents.
There are over 180 photographs and illustrations included and the varied nature of these objects illuminates a feature of British military operations that is rarely discussed, despite having been frequently proven to be crucial to their success. British Military Intelligence provides a great read and is thoroughly recommended to anyone interested in the UK's clandestine history.
Size: 165 x 234mm, 96 pages, ISBN: 9781 4456 6238 1
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Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual
By Dr David Baker
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Written in the usual Haynes Manual way the hardback Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual provides the definitive guide to the very first days of Soviet space programme through to today. With a foreword by Helen Sharman who used the Soyuz to get to the MIR space station where she operated as GB1MIR in 1991 this book provides a fascinating insight into the Russian spaceflight.
The Soyuz spacecraft was a product of the cold war and played a major role in Russia's plans for a manned landing on the Moon. Originally designed in the 1960s the Soyuz has been the mainstay of Russia's space programme for nearly 50 years. The Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual provides details of the around 250 that have flown since the first launch in 1968. The various variants are covered along with versions such as the Gunship 7K-VI variant that were never built. Despite much of the programme being secret for years this book provides much detail alongside the compelling story of the Soyuz spacecraft and Russia's manned space stations. The Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual also covers much other Soviet space activity including the first flights to Russia's first space station, Salyut 1, in 1971 and the Mir space station in 1986.
The Haynes Soyuz Owners' Workshop Manual is packed with all the usual features you would expect including colour cut-away drawings of the various elements. You will even find details of the rendezvous and docking procedures and the famous "handshake in space" when the US Apollo spacecraft docked with Soyuz. There is much else besides and this lavishly illustrated this book provides as it says on the cover "An insight into Russia's flagship spacecraft, from Moon missions to the International Space Station"
, Size 270 x 210mm, 172 pages, ISBN: 9780 8573 3405 3
By Peter Dodd, G3LDO
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Peter Dodd, G3LDO has long been acknowledged as one of the leading experts on antennas in the world. For over a decade he has been the regular antenna columnist of the Radio Society of Great Britain's journal RadCom. This book brings together in a scrapbook format his work from this regular column and a collection of other antenna articles from over the years that have appeared in RadCom.
Antennas Mastered is packed with everything imaginable connected with antennas. Readers will find practical solutions that cover all bands, antenna types, ATUs, Meters, Software and much besides. Peter set out the intention in writing the 'Antennas' column was as he stated "The main purpose of this column is to address problems readers may have installing and adjusting antennas from suburban sites that may be regarded as a challenge; although any antenna subject that is considered to be of interest to readers will be discussed or described". This has held true over the years and readers will be staggered by the breadth of material covered in over 280 A4 pages of antenna gold.
Being a regular columnist Peter also updated and exchanged ideas with readers and discussions were often determined by readers' feedback and questions, making for some fascinating reading. Also contained within the Antennas Mastered pages you will find several standalone articles written for RadCom, the first of these being a method of modelling HF antennas using VHF antennas written in December 1972; long before computer modelling was available to amateurs.
Organised in the order they were written Antennas Mastered provides a fascinating look at the practical side of antennas and the comprehensive index provided allows the reader to access any specific subject.
Peter Dodd, G3LDO has created in his 'Antennas' column one of the best archives of antenna material available and Antennas Mastered provides this for everyone interested in antennas and the practical solutions they need.
Size 210x297mm, 288 pages, ISBN: 9781 9101 9303 7
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Radio amateurs know that sunspots affect VHF as well as HF propagation, and the solar cycle has a direct bearing on the prevalence of radio auroras. The extent and usefulness of this mode of propagation is perhaps still not widely known, though. Radio Auroras sets out to explain this phenomenon in an easy to understand and useful way.
Radio Auroras tells the fascinating story of the radio amateurs who discovered this mode of propagation and how they made use of it. Through the following pages there are descriptions of how auroras are caused, how they can be forecast and perhaps most importantly how best to use them to work DX. Whilst auroras are often thought to be a VHF effect, this book also describes radio auroras at 28MHz as well as outlining the effects of auroras on the other HF bands. Occurrences of Sporadic E can also accompany auroras to provide Auroral E propagation and this too is covered in Radio Auroras. If you are interested in radio propagation Radio Auroras is a unique guide to this topic, but for those studying and experimenting, or those keen to work DX on VHF, it is a real must have book.
The late Charlie Newton, G2FKZ, who wrote the core material of this book, was acknowledged as one of the leading experts on radio auroras and his material is judged as the definitive guide to this fascinating topic. He was for many years a leading light in the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Propagation Studies Committee. His work has been updated and supplemented with a new chapter compiled by well-known VHF DXer Neil Carr, G0JHC. Using contributions from a number of the UK's leading VHF DXers, Neil Carr looks at the major radio aurora events that took place during the last solar cycle and in the first part of the new cycle.
ISBN: 9781 9050 8681 8 Size 174x240mm 64 Pages
RSGB Radio Amateur Operating Manual
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By Mike Dennision G3XDV & Steve Telenius-Lowe, PJ4DX
Despite what many believe amateur radio is a fast-moving hobby and every year sees numerous changes. Since the first edition of the RSGB Amateur Radio Operating Manual, it has provided the best practical guide to the hobby as it is today and this edition is no exception.
The 8th edition of the RSGB Amateur Radio Operating Manual is written and edited by those already skilled in their field so that, no matter what the activity, you can not only learn the basics but also the techniques that lead to success. Operating is an essential part of amateur radio. We all learn early on how to communicate with our fellow amateurs. However, to get the best out of our hobby, skills must be learned. And no matter how skilled you are in your particular field, there is much to learn when embarking on another activity. Techniques for operating on all bands from 136kHz to 24GHz, and all modes from CW to ATV, are included.
This edition of the RSGB Amateur Radio Operating Manual has been completely revised and updated, and includes an analysis of the recently revised UK licence, new information on RSGB awards and contests, the 472kHz band, the eleven 5MHz channels now available to all Full licensees, a code of ethics and the boom in digital repeaters. Almost all shacks will have a computer of some kind, running digital modes, controlling the station, logging or simply accessing relevant Internet pages, and these topics are covered in detail, including references to apps that will run on smart phones and tablets. There are chapters on building your station, DX operating, QSLing, contests, computers, modes, propagation, mobile and portable, repeaters, satellites and more.
Anyone who wants to enjoy amateur radio operating to the full be they a beginner or expert, will find the RSGB Amateur Radio Operating Manual, remains a mine of useful and practical information about all aspects of amateur radio operating and is essential reading.
Size 210x297mm, 240 pages, ISBN: 9781 9101 9313 6
RSGB Prefix Guide
NEW 12th Edition
by Fred Handscombe, G4BWP
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The RSGB Prefix Guide is simply the very latest amateur radio prefix information available and a lot more besides
Fully updated with all the very latest changes in the amateur radio world the RSGB Prefix Guide is the best guide available to amateur radio prefixes and it is now in a new easy to read colour format.
This latest edition of the RSGB Prefix Guide has had a 'makeover' and now uses colour to making listings clearer and easier to use than ever before. Still retaining its popular lay flat design this is one of the most useful and useable books in amateur radio. Fully updated there are the usual series of changes to prefix listings including many detailed items such as the additional K1N prefix for Navassa Island and United Nations call 4U2U. Not only are the listings comprehensive but they are provided with a huge range of additional information covering references for continent, CQ Zone, DXCC, IOTA, ITU Zone, Latitude & Longitude and a whole lot more. Readers will find comprehensive lists of DXCC deleted entities, Russian & CIS entities and even the popular DXCC checklist is here. There is the very latest information on various award programs including IOTA, CQ WAZ, DXCC, WAS and others. There is also an index of countries and their callsign allocations divided by continent as are more detailed listings for the wide range of RSGB awards.
From the basic "what was that Call?" question through to research for an elusive award, this book provides what is needed. If you are interested in DX, awards or simply operate the HF bands the RSGB Prefix Guide is the book for you.
Size: 297x210mm (landscape), 80 pages ISBN: 9781 9101 9318 1
Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur
By Clive Smith, GM4FZH
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Many of us would like to analyse the performance of our stations but find that professional test equipment such as spectrum analysers prohibitively expensive. Yet it is can be easy to make many pieces of very useful test equipment yourself at home. Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur is a book that provides the definitive guide to the equipment that can be made or used to measure the various parameters of an amateur radio station.
This fourth edition of Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur has been fully updated a revised to show what can be achieved today with the simple, inexpensive and easily obtainable. Test equipment for measuring current, voltage, the value of components, frequencies, receiver performance, RF power, modulation, antennas and transmission lines, noise, transmitter linearity and much more is all covered. For the home builder there are numerous projects, from a simple fuse tester to a high quality 1.3GHz signal source and much more. One chapter even covers software based test equipment that runs on a PC and includes specialist calculators, oscilloscope and spectrum analyser programs, signal generators, SINAD analysis and even design tools for RF filters. Surplus equipment often appears on the amateur market and the use of this equipment such as frequency counters and oscilloscopes, which previously would have been beyond the means of most of us but has become relatively cheap in recent years is well documented in this book. There is an appendix of useful reference data with everything from resistor colour coding to discrete semiconductor coding and surface mount device identification to common coaxial cable equivalents. There is even a second appendix of PCB and component layout diagrams for many of these projects.
If you are at all interested in what makes your radio tick as either keen 'home-brewer' or a 'black box' operator Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur is the must have for your book shelf!
Size 174x240mm, 256 pages, ISBN: 9781 9050 8672 6
HF Antennas for Everyone
Edited by Giles Read, G1MFG
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The RSGB has always published the very best antenna designs available to the radio amateurs. From the most complex to the very basic, these antennas have provided radio amateurs with much food for thought and practical designs to build. HF Antennas for Everyone draws on 90 of these RadCom and Radio Communication articles from the last forty years, providing a comprehensive collection of HF antennas, with something for everyone.
The selection in this book is a deliberate mix of the traditional and more recent designs. Sub divided into broad sections including horizontal, vertical and loop antennas, there is much variety to be found here. Looking back at the earlier decades it is amazing to see how many of the aerial giants, such as Louis Varney, G5RV have written for the RSGB. There is however much more than this. Conventional wisdom of HF antennas says you will need lots of space and money in order to put up suitable aerials. HF Antennas for Everyone shows that no matter the size of the available space you will find antenna designs that will help you get your signals in and out. Feeders are also not forgotten with a section devoted to this fascinating and often overlooked topic. But what if your local regulations prohibit the erection of antennas? That needn't get in your way, because this book even contains a section on Stealth antennas that are either essentially invisible or disguised as something quite different.
It is often said that there is nothing new in aerials, but HF Antennas for Everyone shows this isn't so. This book demonstrates a considerable number of developments and innovations from the last 20 years in particular, that show designers are starting to find innovative solutions to the age-old problems.
Whichever bands you want to work on, whatever the state of the sunspot cycle and however large or small your garden, in HF Antennas for Everyone you'll find an antenna that will get you heard.
Size 240x174mm, 336 pages ISBN: 9781 9050 8659 7
The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird
By Dr Douglas Brown, GM8FFH
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John Logie Baird (1888-1946) is remembered as the inventor of television but his work in colour, 3D and holographic television is much less well known. As are his significant contributions to other information sciences and their resulting technologies. The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird sets out this work and adds a perspective not seen before to the story of this great inventor.
The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird details the story of this great man from his early years through, to those where despite ailing health and poverty he did more to advance the early development of television than any other individual. He planted the seed, which has grown into a multinational, trillion dollar video and communications media industry. Baird is often dismissed as the person who invented a crude type of television which was quickly superseded but this book lays these criticisms to rest once and for all. For over a quarter of a century Baird developed monochrome, colour and 3D television, and many of the techniques he pioneered are still used in modern day systems. This book goes into detail about how the systems worked and their later development after John Logie Baird's death. The author has even provided projects that can be made which demonstrate the Baird's technology, including colour broadcasting.
The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird is fascinating read that provides an excellent reference work on his inventions, an insight into the world of television and shows just how much we owe this great inventor.
Size 174x240mm, 208 pages (mono & colour): ISBN: 9781 9050 8679 5
The Birth of British Radar
The Memoirs of Arnold 'Skip' Wilkins
Edited by Colin Latham and Anne Stobbs
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Arnold "Skip" Wilkins is one of the unsung heroes of the British effort to develop radar. The Birth of British Radar book combines the memoirs of Skip with an authoritative overview of the historical importance of his work.
At the core of The Birth of British Radar are Skip's memoirs of his involvement in the British radar (or, as it was then known, radio direction finding, RDF) programme from its very inception in 1935. Working under the direction of Robert Watson-Watt, it was he who proposed using radio waves, bounced back from an enemy aircraft, to detect its position. Initially working entirely alone, he constructed prototype equipment which he used in the famous Daventry experiment conducted in a field near Weeden, Northants, on 26 February 1935. The success of this led to the establishment of the R&D group at Bawdsey Manor with its team of talented scientists, engineers and technicians. From there he describes the engineering and political developments which occurred to change faint traces into a fully working system which played such a crucial role in defending Britain in the Second World War.
This second edition of The Birth of British Radar has been greatly expanded from the original memoirs with a large array of additional material. Each chapter of the memoirs is set in a historical context with an explanatory note. There is a host of extra material including an interview with Skip, details of how radar grew, post war commemorations and much more. The Birth of British Radar contains mono and colour photos along with details of Skip's post war experiences. The story of this publicity-shy individual who never sought public recognition for his achievement, is fascinating. This book describes the struggles and triumphs from the earliest days of radar, in perhaps one of the most important periods in British electronics development, and is highly recommended.
Size 174x240mm, 128 pages ISBN: 9781 9050 8675 7
From Victorian Fort to WWII Y Station
By Stephen G Small, G4HJE
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This is the story of a Victorian Fort that was obsolete before the last stone was laid yet in the early twentieth century became one of the most secret places in the realm. It was here that the developing science of radio became a vital weapon of espionage and war. Without the painstaking work of the expert civilian intercept operators Bletchley Park may well have failed to break the Enigma code and the vital allied intelligence advantage may have been lost.
Fort Bridgewoods - From Victorian Fort to WWII Y Station sets out this fascinating story from its building to its final closure in 1968. The early role as Fleet protection in the late 19th Century and even its WWI activities are detailed along with the significant characters involved in its history. Readers will find much about the highly secret WWII activity as a 'Y' Station which became one of the most important signal gathering stations in Britain's 'Enigma Code' breaking operation. This book is packed with information and readers will find that the radios and equipment used are covered in detail from the early Marconi equipment to the DST-100 receiver, designed specifically for wireless interception work through to the familiar HRO sets used later in the war and are even details of the Hallicrafters and RCA receivers used.
Whilst the World slipped slowly into the abyss of a Second World War the operators of Fort Bridgewoods skilfully developed the science of signals intelligence and were intercepting both the secret diplomatic and military radio traffic. Without Fort Bridgewoods the vital early 'breaks' of the Enigma code would certainly not have happened. Fort Bridgewoods - From Victorian Fort to WWII Y Station describes all of this and provides an insight into the operational work of this 'Y' station and its part in WWII. If you are interested in the radio interception technology of WWII and its pioneers this book is a revelation.
Size: 174x240, 144 pages, ISBN: 9781 9101 9309 9
Churchill's Most Secret Airfield
By Bernard O'Connor
Designed by illusionist Jasper Maskelyne, RAF Tempsford was constructed to give overflying enemy aircraft the impression it was disused. Nothing could be further from the truth - just after dusk on moonlit nights either side of the full moon, planes from the 138 and 161 Squadrons would take off on top secret missions to the heart of the war-torn Continent. They had to fly low and without lights in order to identify drop zones and deliver the supplies and secret agents that would help the resistance forces liberate Europe. But despite the attention of Churchill and George VI, the airfield's secrets have long remained an untold chapter in the story of the war. Churchill's Most Secret Airfield: RAF is based on over a decade's research, filled with intrigue, suspense, heartbreak and the fascinating account of this extraordinary airfield.
Size: 197x 124mm, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781 4456 0690 3
Non Member's Price £12.99
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Storm Spotting for Radio Amateurs
By Michael Corey, W5MPC and Victor Morris, AH6WX
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This book is aimed directly at those who interested in tornados and other severe weather phenomenon. Using the assistance of thousands of volunteer storm spotters the American SkyWarn® program of the National Weather Service provides a first line of defence against severe weather. Many amateur radio operators are trained storm spotters and this book includes information on resources, training and equipment available to them. The book starts with a straightforward introduction to the subject moving to practical safety information for this hazardous activity and details of what to expect. There are extensive guides to meteorology and hurricanes and storm spotter activation procedures. Readers will also find reportable weather criteria, how to develop a local storm spotter manual and the experiences of storm spotters from around the US. Thoroughly recommended reading for those interested in all severe weather, including hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, floods, damaging wind, and winter weather
208x274mm 160pages ISBN: 9780 8725 9090 8
The race to stop Hitler's A-Bomb
By Colin Brown
Few people know much about the German efforts to develop the atom bomb in WWII, fewer still are aware of the role of a Cambridgeshire manor house in discovering what the scientists involved knew. This new book describes this extraordinary story in fascinating detail.
When a Cambridge professor recently found wiring concealed under the floorboards of his country mansion, Farm Hall, he became curious and began uncovering the story of Operation Big. The Cambridgeshire manor house had an astonishing past as an MI6 staging post for some of the most secret operations of the Second World War. But in April 1945, Farm Hall was to play an even more astounding role, housing ten of Germany's top nuclear physicists captured in daring raids. Amid the chaos of the disintegrating Third Reich they were flown to England covertly in a mission code-named Operation Big. Every word they uttered was bugged by MI6 eavesdroppers using the wires found by the professor.
After the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, these men would claim they could have developed A-bombs for the Third Reich, but did not 'for the greater good of mankind'. Most believe this to have been a lie. But was there an even greater deception? Were they captured not to stop Hitler, but to stop Stalin? Did the US drop the bomb as a show of power not to the Japanese, but to the Soviets?
Written by well-known author Colin Brown, Operation Big guides us through a world of espionage, scientific discovery and questions of morality as he reveals the extraordinary truth surrounding Hitler's atomic bomb.
Paperback, Size: 234 x 156mm, 304 pages ISBN: 9781 4456 5184 2
Non Member's Price £14.99
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Haynes Millennium Falcon Manual
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From the same authors who brought you the Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual for the Imperial Death Star comes the workshop manual for the Millennium Falcon. Using brand-new, full-colour cutaways, together with other art and photographs, this Manual provides the most thorough technical description of the Millennium Falcon available.
This is a Haynes Manual based on the Millennium Falcon, the iconic spaceship piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca in the iconic Star Wars films. An official Star Wars product, this 124 page Hardback technical manual offers much on what is probably the galaxy's most famous flying junkyard that is this modified YT-1300 Corellian Freighter. This Haynes Manual traces the history of this series of spaceships before focusing on the Millennium Falcon itself. The on-board systems, controls and their operation are described in detail and are supported by photographs, line art, floor plans, exploded diagrams and stunning computer-generated artwork. This fascinating Technical guide details the souped-up propulsion system, weapons, engineering systems and much more.
If you are a Star Wars buff or not, this extra special price for RSGB members the Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual for the Millennium Falcon is not only a great gift but a fantastic treat.
, Size 270 x 210mm, 124 pages ISBN: 9780 8573 3096 3
Non Member's Price £16.99
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Haynes Thunderbirds Manual - 50th Anniversary Edition
by Sam Denham
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This new paperback edition of the Haynes Thunderbirds Agents' Technical Manual, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first airing of the original Supermarionation series, in September 1965, is an inventive, informative and entertaining guide to the world's foremost rescue organisation.
Those familiar with the traditional "Haynes Manual" will recognise the Haynes approach that features cutaway drawings, detailed diagrams, colour illustrations and photographs. This updated edition features an additional seven cutaways of vehicles used in rescue missions, along with even more diagrams, illustrations and photographs. The Haynes Thunderbirds Manual provides the ultimate insight into the secrets of the fabulous International Rescue team of the Thunderbirds TV series. Intended for International Rescue field agents, the Haynes Thunderbirds Manual includes an introduction by Jeff Tracy, a look at late 21st Century Technology, Mission files, Operational procedures for agents' missions and much more.
Whether you are familiar with Thunderbirds or not, the Haynes Thunderbirds Manual provides the ultimate insight into the secrets of the fabulous International Rescue team and is an excellent read and a treasure trove of detail and trivia. The Haynes Thunderbirds Manual - 50th Anniversary Edition is not only a thoroughly recommended read but it also makes a great gift or treat.
Size: 270 x 210mm, 152 pages, ISBN: 9780 8573 3823 5
Non Member's Price £12.99
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By Robin Jones
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If you have ever dreamed of mounting a DXpedition to a far flung part of the world, yet it has never come to pass, this book could easily be a trigger for something closer to home. Packed with potential IOTA activations, low noise enviroments, spots with a large body of salt water on the doorstep, Island Fever is a great book.
Britain is an island nation with hundreds of smaller islands off the mainland shores, each with its own distinct character. Island Fever provides an insight into the some the islands of England and Wales. There are forty chapters in this full colour hard back book covering hundreds of individual islands. Each chapter provides an insight into the islands covered in both text and pictures. From the Marconi's activity on Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel in 1897, through historic Lindisfarne, to the WWII Red Sands forts, this book is packed with interesting stories. The glossy pages host nearly 300 top quality photographs which highlight some of the well known and many lesser known scenic parts of the British Isles that may well tempt you into that DXpedition you have promised yourself.
Hardback, Size 224x 297mm, 160 pages ISBN 9780711034716
Non Member's Price £19.99
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Building Successful HF Antennas
By Peter Dodd, G3LDO
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Any metal structure can be made to radiate - to work as an antenna - provided it can be persuaded to accept RF power from a transmitter. But is it working effi ciently? How can it be improved?
Well-known antenna expert Peter Dodd explains what makes an effective HF antenna, how to build one and how to measure its performance. The book deals with real locations, such as small gardens, apartment blocks, lofts, etc and how to obtain optimum performance within the constraints of your location.
The construction of all manner of antennas is described including single and multi-band antennas, with and without the need for an ATU. There are also simple wire antennas, loops alongside beams such as the Quad and Yagi. There are variations on these which use less space. Feeding, matching and tuning are included as well as how to terminate coaxial cable in a variety of plugs. Peters construction experience really comes into its own in the chapters on hardware, construction and masts. There is advice on how to check that your antenna is working using a few simple pieces of test equipment.This is quite simply everything you will need to make the best use of your location, and to build a successful HF antenna.
Size 240x174mm, 224 pages, ISBN 9781-9050-8643-6
Non Member's Price £14.99
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Amateur Radio Essentials
Edited By George Brown, M5ACN
This is a book for everyone, beginner and old hand alike, who is interested in amateur radio. Amateur Radio Essentials aims to answer frequently-asked questions that the editor has fielded on the telephone while working for the RSGB.
The subject matter covers everything from Rho to Radiation Resistance, from Filtering to Fractal Aerials, and from Solar Indices to Spurious Signals. The content is divided into six broad sections covering a huge range of amateur radio material. Beginners can find basic information about most of the things that matter in amateur radio, whilst old hands can find data that other textbooks often don't include.
Edited from articles originally published in the RSGB house journal, RadCom, this is a reference book and guide to the FAQs of amateur radio. It is unmatched in its scope and relevance.
© Radio Society of Great Britain, Size 240x174mm, 288 pages, ISBN 1-905086-12-1
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Covert Radar and Signals Interception
The Secret Career of Eric Ackermann
By Peter Jackson and David Haysom
Few know the story of Eric Ackermann who became a leading figure in the world of signals and electronic intelligence during WWII and beyond. This book seeks to explain his activities during the war and the subsequent cold war activity.
Covert Radar and Signals Interception explores the various highs and lows of Eric's role at the vanguard of tactical intelligence operations where he saw conflict up close and personal. Winner of the George Medal for conspicuous gallantry Eric had an extraordinary wartime career that included over 4o bomber flights assessing the enemy's radar capabilities data. Searching for, monitoring and destroying of Germany's Wuerzburg, Knickebein and X Band radar systems. A host of secret missions carried out in North Africa, Gibraltar and Italy. His research was passed to the highest levels of wartime government, and was highly prized. The end of the war did not signal the end of Ackermann's role. He was to play a major part in the setting up and implementation of a string of listening stations built along the borders of Soviet Bloc countries. Further work in aeronautics and satellite construction in the United States followed. Despite the might and scale of his achievement, this leading figure is relatively unknown and this book seeks to rectify that as well as provide new insights into intelligence practices and their often far-reaching consequences.
Covert Radar and Signals Interception is a highly illuminating and thoroughly recommended reading
Hardback. Size: 160x240mm, 224 pages ISBN: 9781 7834 6268 1
Non Member's Price £19.99
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World Licensing and Operating Directory
By Steve Telenius-Lowe, 9M6DXX
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If you have ever thought of taking your radio on holiday or organising a DXpedition, the World Licensing and Operating Directory is the guide for you. Written by well known DXer Steve Telenius-Lowe, 9M6DXX who has visited 83 DXCC entities and operated from 37 of them, this book has been meticulously researched and has input from nearly 100 contributors. There is all the information you need to get on the air from over 200 countries and territories around the globe.
The World Licensing and Operating Directory is lavishly illustrated throughout with over 230 photographs and maps. There is information on how to obtain an amateur radio licence in almost every country in the world - but this is only part of the story. There is information on organising a DXpedition and "All you wanted to know about licensing (but were afraid to ask)". There is also a major section of the book that provides full details of how to rent more than 75 amateur radio stations around the globe - from Europe to the Pacific and from the Arctic to the Equator! There is a 32-page full-colour section with spectacular photographs of rental stations, including some of the most impressive antenna set-ups in the world.
This unique book will appeal equally to hardened contesters or DXers looking for a competitive station to rent and to those who simply want to complement their family holiday with some amateur radio operation from an unusual location.
ISBN: 9781-9050-8646-7, Size 240x170mm 160pages
Non Member's Price £12.99
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A Dream Denied, A Vision Fulfilled
By Theodore J. Cohen
Solly's dream is for his son Teddy to one day become a concert violinist. Eventually he comes to understand and to endure the heartbreak of knowing that the dream never will be realized. As Solly watches, life takes Teddy from gifted violin student to adult engineer and scientist, leaving no time for the career in music Solly so dearly wants his son to pursue. In the end, there emerges the essence of redemption as Teddy returns to the violin late in life and fulfills his and his father's vision. The story, which is a work of fiction based on real events, will fascinate readers from ages ten to one hundred who are interested in radio, communications, and music and in how it was to grow up in a family whose members trace their heritage to that great wave of immigrants that crashed onto America's shores in the mid- to late 1800s.
Size 204x127, paperback, 216 pages, ISBN: 9781 4490 2914 2
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Images Across Space
The Electronic Imaging of Baird Television
By Dr. Douglas Brown
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Written Dr. Douglas Brown a leading authority on TV Images Across Space provides a unique and fascinating insight into the pioneers of television and in particular to Scottish inventor John Logie Baird. From the initial concept of television though to the patent for 3D TV that far surpasses that offered to modern consumers, this book gives a fascinating insight into the man and his developments.
Lavishly illustrated Images Across Space not only provides the background to the development of TV but the story of the Baird Television Ltd. up to its demise and its continuation as Cinema Television Ltd. There are many previously unpublished photographs that illustrate the level of sophistication practiced by the Baird Television Ltd. and revealing photographs of the Baird cathode-ray tube facility, laboratories in the Crystal Palace and Rotunda outbuilding, equipment installed at Alexandra Palace. The book reveals the implications of the devastating fire that spectacularly razed the Crystal Palace to the ground in 1936, taking with it the Baird facilities and an analysis of the television systems on trial for the BBC at Alexandra Palace. Readers will find this book a mine of fascinating material with even a comprehensive listing of the British patents of Baird and his associates at Baird/Cinema Television.
John Logie Baird is remembered as the inventor of the first working system of television but Images Across Space shows that there was much more to the story. Images Across Space is a rare book of technical detail and an extraordinary story - thoroughly recommended reading.
Size 176x250mm, 192 pages, ISBN 9781-8742-8921-0
Non Member's Price £19.99
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AeroFax Vickers Valiant
By Eric B Morgan
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The Valiant was the shortest lived of the post-war V-bomber force, first flying in 1951 and with production of 104 aircraft ending in 1957, and an official withdrawal in January 1965 after investigation had shown that the main wing spars were suffering from metal fatigue. It operated in four versions, the B.1 bomber, B(PR)1 bomber/photo-reconnaissance, B(K).1 flight refuelling tanker and B.PR(K).1 covering all three roles. Additionally several aircraft were modified for a variety of special roles. The all-black B.2 low level pathfinder bomber was flown as a prototype in 1953. Valiants participated in British atomic bomb tests and made noteworthy long-distance flights, principally operating from Marham and Gaydon. In a change of task shortly before retirement, the aircraft were painted in a camouflage scheme better suited to their new low-level penetration role. In addition to the many photographs and drawings the book also includes a full history of each aircraft built.
Size 215x280mm, 144 pages ISBN: 9781-8578-0134-7
Non Member's Price £19.99
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Haynes Owner Workshop Manuals Messerschmitt Bf109
By: Paul Blackah & Malcolm Lowe
Produced as a sister volume to the Haynes Workshop Manual for Supermarine Spitfire this book provides the same treatment to the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt Bf109. This single-seat fighter was the main combat adversary of the RAF's Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.
This Haynes Owners Workshop Manual covers the history of the Bf109, restoration to flight, the views of owners, pilots and engineers, and operating and servicing insights. Data boxes cover Bf109 facts and figures, plus interviews with Luftwaffe pilots and modern-day owner-pilots. Illustrated with a mix of specially commissioned colour and archive photographs, the Bf109 Manual also includes illustrations from Luftwaffe official wartime servicing manuals, and coverage of restoration projects in the UK and overseas.
Hardback, Size 270 x 210mm, 160 pages, ISBN 9781-8442-5642-6
Non Member's Price £17.99
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