Thursday, 25 August 2016 - VHF CB Website

Following the recent CB Radio allocation on 69MHz in Sweden a new website has launched for users of this band. 

Featuring information and a forum this site is sure to prove popular with radio operators in Sweden and around the world. So if you are interested in 4 Meter/69Mhz operation please take a look. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes.

The 69MHz calling channel is on 69.1875 so if you have equipment capable of operating on this frequency take a listen as you may just hear someone calling when conditions are good. 

English via Google Translation: CLICK HERE

69Mhz CB Information:

Carrier frequency in MHz:


Maximum power: 25 W erp
Duty cycle: <10%

Channel Width: 25 KHz.
On the carrier frequency 69.0125 MHz may only mobile transmitters used
in Västra Götaland and Halland.

78 § 69, from 600 to 69.725 MHz Mobile
radio transmitter.
Maximum power: 5.0 W ERP
Duty cycle: <10%
Channel Width: 12.5 kHz

Carrier frequency in MHz

Yaesu FT-991 Firmware Update (August 2016)

It's always a nervous time for me when updating my FT-991 firmware due to the fact that when I first got the radio I performed an update only to brick the radio! Phone calls to the dealer and to Yaesu failed to help but fortunately after several hours of stressful attempts I managed to sort it out myself....

So it is with trepidation that installed the latest update this morning.... 

The latest update adds the multi-coloured waterfall feature to the radio. 

The update files and instructions (Please follow them VERY carefully) can be found on the Yaesu website: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Kenwood TH-D74 UK Price Revealed!

I think we can safely say that the new Kenwood TH-D74 is a bit if a premium product! 

Nevada Radio are now taking orders for the handheld with a pricetag of £599!!!!

Imagine if you were to drop that on the pavement while out DX-Ing!

"Kenwood's TH-D74E introduces radio amateurs to a new world of technology. Equipped with APRS and Digital (D-STAR) capability on 2m and 70cm, this transceiver also provides features such as:
  •  Built in high performance GPS
  •  Transflective colour TFT Display
  •   Weatherproof toughness meeting IP54/55 standards
  •  Wide band and multi-mode receive (SSB/CW on HF, VHF, UHF with IF filtering / DSP)
  •  Compliant with Bluetooth (allowing audio), microSD and Micro-USB connectivity"

Link to Nevada website: CLICK HERE

Kenwood TH-D74 APRS & DSTAR Radio

Video:YouTube/Don Arnold

A video showing some of the feature of the NEW Kenwood TH-D74 handheld.

Saturday, 20 August 2016


Seen at the Tokyo Ham Show, this is the new Icom IC-7610. 

The IC-7610 is the successor to the IC-7600 and will be a dual-watch capable HF+50MHz 100W base station with built-in antenna tuner. The LCD will be touch screen and you will be able to connect an external display.

Price: TBC


Friday, 19 August 2016

NEW Yaesu FT-991A - Coming Soon!

Expected in October is the NEW Yaesu FT-991A - Building on the success of the FT-991 the new updated model will feature a REAL TIME SPECTRUM SCOPE and MULTI-COLOUR WATERFALL DISPLAY. (All other specifications are expected to be the same as the original radio)

The original model muted the receive audio when the scope or waterfall display was in use due to the radio only having a single receiver, something that was criticised by many when the radio came out. This update fixes this issue.

Furthermore existing FT-991 users who wish to have the new features will be given the chance to upgrade their radios by means of a hardware update (Price to be announced).

The upgrade is likely just a plug-in board which adds a second receiver to the radio along with a firmware upgrade to make use of the new features. 

The Recommended Retail Price for the new FT-991A is expected to be around £1189

Blast From The Past - 1996 Radio Rally!!!

Video:YouTube/ZolTan Derzsi

20 years old - A video from the Great Lumley Radio Rally in North East England. Amazing to see the old equipment.