Wednesday, 18 January 2017

CB Radio Mid Week DX Quantock Hills 11/01/2017


A great video featuring one of the many Mid Week Nets which operate in the UK.

Check out the 'UK CB Network Map' for information about all of the main UK nets...

Yaesu FT-991 Upgrade Kit - HOW MUCH?

Martin Lynch & Sons have announced the price of the long awaited Yaesu FT-991 upgrade kit which basically adds a true Real Time Waterfall/Spectrum Scope display to the radio.

And the price.... £480 + POSTAGE! (Chokes on my cup of tea!)

"This Upgrade kit allows Yaesu Musen Distributors and Repair Service Centers to add the following advanced features of the FT-991A to the original FT-991.

- Real-Time Spectrum Scope
- Multi-Color Waterfall Display
- Select from Seven Spectrum Scope Display Colours
- Select from Seven Display Colours or Multi-Colour Waterfall Display"

£480 to add a real time spectrum scope?????? (The multi-color features can be added for free via a firmware update!)

As an early adopter of the Yaesu FT-991 I have already paid out more money for my FT-991 than the upgraded FT-991A costs now so there is little chance of me spending another £500 for the single extra feature that this upgrade offers.
Link to ML&S Website: CLICK

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

International HAM Stores Group Prepares For Move

Nevada have posted on facebook saying that they are in the process of beginning the move to Portsmouth as part of the new 'International Ham Stores Group'

The new group is a join venture between Nevada, Waters & Stanton, InnovAntennas and Trident. They will co-operate with the import and sale of Ham Radio equipment. 

You can visit their website here: CLICK

There are obvious advantages in working together, they should be able to keep costs down and hopefully pass the saving onto their customers.... Only time will tell I guess!

Mount Snowdon On The Air 21/01/2017

Heads up guys, Paul 26YM012 is planning a trip to the top of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales with a height of 1085 metres above sea level.

He will be operating on channel 26 UKFM (27.85125Mhz) from approx. 09:00 hours GMT on Saturday 21st January 2017.

So why not give him a shout? I'm sure he'd be happy to hear from you all!

(Of course this activation is subject to change due to weather etc. so you can keep up to date by visitng the Charlie Tango DX Group page on FaceBook: LINK or check out the shoutbox on the Charlie Tango Forum on the day: LINK)

Monday, 16 January 2017

Who Visits The Blog?

Just a quick look at where the Blog visitors originated over the past 12 months..... 

Below are the Top Ten countries where the Blog is viewed:

01 United Kingdom

02 United States

03 Russia

04 Germany

05 Italy

06 France

07 Netherlands

08 Spain

09 Brazil

10 Slovakia

(The Blog had visitors from over 150 countries in 2016)

The most popular searches which brought people to the blog were:


President Lincoln 2

Yaesu FT991

SSB Nets

President Grant 2


CB Radio

HAM Radio

Amateur Radio


(Most searches were directed to the Blog via Google's search engine - No big surprise there!)

Other items:

The majority of visitors were using the Chrome browser (55%) and were using a Windows PC (42%), however those viewing on Android devices were only slightly behind at 32% with iPhone users down at 6%.

Internet explorer users accounted for 12% of visits with Firefox users accounting for 15% of visits.

Visitor numbers continue to rise with December 2016 being the busiest month ever for the Blog!

We Are (No Longer) Superstar!

Well folks it looks like it's the end of with their website going offline.

Visitors to the site are now greeted with the message:

The idea was that several retailers would join forces to reintroduce the classic style Superstar 3900 into the UK under the branding of SuperstarUK. However before the radios even went on sale there were reports that the radios suffered from frequency drift. SuperstarUK responded with a detailed technical report which appeared to give the radio a glowing report. However potential buyers were not convinced and it would appear that the radios simply didn't sell. 

Price reductions followed and the radios are still sitting on the shelves? 

So it now looks like the venture may have come to a natural conclusion?

It's a real shame in many ways as this was probably the first time so many different retailers had joined forces to launch a radio. I really do hope that this endeavour will return maybe with a better radio......Ideas anyone????

Sunday, 15 January 2017

President Himalaya WB Unboxing


So the new President Himalaya antenna is starting to arrive in the hands of users around the UK. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

President Himalaya WB Due In Days @ Nevada

Nevada now say they they are expecting the new President Himalaya WB antenna within the next few days. Priced at £99.95 it's a bit more than you'd pay for the trusty Antron 99 so it will be interesting to see what the build quality and performance are like.

President McKinley CB Radio In Action

Video:YouTube/david snow

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

NEW Luiton LT-198

Looking almost identical to the Albrecht AE6110 (And several other radios) this is the latest offering from Luiton, the LT-198. 

One major change is that the microphone is detachable, which is a welcome addition to this type of small radio. The radio also has a 3 colour backlight.

Price expected to be around £50-£60