PW makes an appearance at WH Smith

Until recently Practical Wireless was only available on the newsstand at larger branches of WH Smith. Getting hold of a copy proved useless at smaller branches unless you had it reserved in advance, infact I gave up many years ago asking why it wasn't present every month?  In the end I got a local corner newsagent to reserve it for me, I guess he has been grateful of the business ever since.

However could the tide of policy changed it's direction at my local small branch of WH Smith and others? PW is once again available on the shelf, forefront, alongside with it's sister magazine Radiouser.

Practical Wireless is the only independent magazine representing the amateur radio hobby in the UK, it is good to see someone has finally done something to get it back where it belongs, so a new generation can peruse and purchase it along with us old timers.
Steve, G1KQH, is a regular contributor to and writes from England. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “PW makes an appearance at WH Smith”

  • Steve G0PQB:

    I have subscribed to Pratical Wireless since 2009 and it is so easy when it comes to you instead of trying the shops. WHS is not what it once was.

  • robert farey g6llp:

    Hi so i must be the lucky one here in yeovil somerset Practical wireless has always been available since i moved down here from Reading. during this period my old friend Don took over as editor having been one of reading’s telecoms boys. I have known rob mannion for some years. I see one of my friends from my early days in reading has become Formula 1 new Boss. having raced slot cars alongside Ross Brawn. strange the paths life takes.
    as for amateur radio shaftesbury society is one of the best i have been a member of.
    all the best with your news letters some interests in various subjects.

  • Roger G3XBM:

    For the last few years I subscribed and get mine in the post, but there are few radio magazines in newsagents these days compared with magazines for trains, PC and games. No wonder we are short of RF engineers.

  • George M0IAS:

    My nearest W H Smith (in Sunderland) has disappeared (closed last year) so PW is no longer available there!

    However, PW and RU have appeared in my local Martins Newsagent (in Houghton-le-Spring) so maybe the publisher is trying to expand sales by making these mags more widely available?

  • Ivor G6ATJ:

    I’ve been buying and reading PW since 1966… well as Practical Electronics. Wireless World, etc
    Where have they all gone? Well I know PE became EE!!!
    EE – how to wire up a mains plug.

    Well you need to know that to get a novice license I guess


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