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In CQ-TV 262 you'll find details of the latest Portsdown release which includes full support for the Lime SDRmini and news that the BATC shop will be selling the Lime SDRmini as a replacement for the Portsdown Filter Modulator board. If you have already bought a FM board, there's no need to worry as we have no intention to stop supporting the FM board in the near future.
There's news of 2 regional CAT19 events to be held in Bristol and the Wirral and we are hoping for at least 2 more events to be organised later in the year. For more details, contact the organisers or keep an eye on the forum .
There's an update and the rules for new Christmas repeater contest which starts tomorrow and runs until New Years Day with a £100 award going to the repeater group with most contacts.
There's a report of the Low Band activity weekend last October and don't forget the March weekend will feature the higher bands including 5.6GHz when there will be a prize for the most successful stations. The activity weekends continue throughout the winter - it's not just for the crazy people who go out portable, but you can join in from your cozy shack! Full details will be published on the forum and the contest web page.
All this plus articles on 23cms PAs., DVB-S power measurement, 5.6GHz receivers and the 2nd part of Bernie G4HJW's article on Optical DATV. And of course we have pictures and news of the launch of Es'hail-2, the geo-stationary satellite with a DATV transponder.
We hope you enjoy this high quality packed issue of CQ-TV and we'd love to have some feedback from you on the members forum.
The printed version of CQ-TV 262, on high quality gloss paper, will be dispatched in the first week of January to those members who subscribe to the printed magazine - if you currently don't receive the printed version, why not consider upgrading when you next renew your subscription.