Thursday, 27 October 2016

Apollo II Lands At Dave's Door!

Great news from Dave, M0OGY, who once again has managed to get his hands on a new radio. This time it's the Anytone Apollo II.

Now we just have to wait for his review......!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

NEW: Baofeng DMR-82UV Tier 2 DMR Radio

According to Passion Radio it would appear that Baofeng are about to release a dual band Tier 2 DMR handheld radio.

Hot on the heels of the DM-5R (Tier 1, upgradeable to Tier 2) this radio is expected to be very popular with a price tag expected to be 'well below 100 Euros'.

Frequencies - VH-UHF Dual band 
UHF 400-520MHz 
VHF 136-174MHz 
Number of Channels128
Number of zones
channel spacing 
12.5KHz / 25KHz
Operating Current 
DC 7.4V (± 20%)
Battery capacity 
1800 mAh (Li-ion)
Autonomy (5/5/90)Digital 20 hours - 14 hours Analog
Frequency stability± 1.5ppm
Operating temperature 
20 ℃ / + 60 
Impedance of the antenna 
RF power 
5W / 4W / 1W
FM modulation12.5 kHz: 8K50F3E
25 kHz: 16KΦF3E;
4FSK modulation (DMR) 
12.5kHz (only data): 7K60FXD
12.5kHz (data and voice): 7K60FXE
modulation Limiting
@ 12.5kHz +/- 2.5kHz
+/- 5 kHz @ 25kHz
Conducted Emission
DBm≤1GHz -36 / -30 dBm≥1GHz
Adjacent Channel Power
≤ -60dB
Noise FM-40dB
Audio distortion 
Audio response 
+ 1 / -3 dB
Digital Voice coding 
AMBE + 2 ™
Digital Sensitivity
5% BER: 0.25 uV
Analog Sensitivity0.25 uV (12dB SINAD)
intermodulation 60dB
Adjacent channel selectivity 60dB
Spurious Response Rejection 60dB
Noise FM-40dB
Audio response 
+ 1 / -3 dB
Loudspeaker audio power1W
Audio distortion 
Conducted Spurious Emission

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Monday, 24 October 2016

Spooky Backscatter Signals


Just in time for halloween, some spooky sounding backscatter on 20m!

President Lincoln II vs CRT Superstar SS-7900 Power Peak & Tune

Video:YouTube/Klaus R.

Up to 100w out of a President Lincoln 2 and 90w out of a CRT SS-7900/Anytone AT5555N.....

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Video: Galashiels Radio Rally 2016

Galashiels Radio Rally Today....

Just a reminder that Galashiels Radio Rally takes place today so why not take the trip up to 'Bonnie Scotland' and see if there are any bargains to be had.......


The Volunteer Hall
St John Street
Scottish Borders
Doors open at 11.15am (Disabled access from 11.00am)

Video from last years event:

Saturday, 22 October 2016

CRT 2000 UK Prices

With the CRT 2000 expected in the shops in the next few days, retailers have put a price to this long awaited radio. have the radio listed at £120 £109.55 (Reduced!) which includes FREE WIDEBAND MOD and UK40 channels programmed into the radio: LINK

Knights Electrocom have the radio listed at £115 and you can order the programming software and lead with the radio for £12.95: LINK

(Has it got SSB????? - No, but you could buy an Anytone 5555 with SSB and 45 watts output for the same price!!!)

Friday, 21 October 2016

UK Price Rises Begin....

So it begins, prices for radio equipment in the UK have started to rise. Comments have started to appear on Facebook/Twitter about eye-watering increases to Yaesu radio prices on UK websites:

Some examples:

So if you do fancy a new radio it might be a good idea to get it now as I'm sure this will just be the start!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Upgraded Baofeng DM-5R Communicating With a Motorola Radio

Video:YouTube/Ralph A. Schmid

A video which has surfaced online appearing to show a Baofeng DM-5R communicating with a Motorola Digital Radio.

The Baofeng DM-5R has apparently had a firmware upgrade to allow Tier 2 digital operation.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Yaesu FT991 Extended Transmit Range

Video:YouTube/Jed Deadlock

A way of enabling TX on the Yaesu FT-991 in the frequency ranges: 1.8-55.999Mhz, 137-163.999Mhz and 420-469.999Mhz

However do be careful as this entails entering the engineering menu.