20 July 2017

UKFM Skip!


A nice contact to Germany by Fred (In the shed) during a recent sporadic E opening on the UKFM band. 

16 July 2017

Dave's Massive Erection - Vortex Q82 MkII

Dave, M0OGY has posted photos on Facebook showing his new Vortex Q82 MkII antenna for the 10/11/12m bands which measures a whopping 28ft long!

15 July 2017

TX Factor - Episode 17 (TXF017)

Video:YouTube/TX Factor

The latest episode of TX Factor which looks at Digital Modes and QSL cards.

3 July 2017

27.135Mhz German SSB Calling Channel!

Following on from the recent UK Facebook page which aims to promote the UK SSB Calling Channel on 27.275 USB (LINK), our friends in Germany have decided to do the same by launching a Facebook page for a German SSB Calling Channel on 27.135Mhz USB (Channel 15 Mid Band).

You can find the page on Facebook here: CLICK

Please join and share the page with your radio friends. 

1 July 2017

Ailunce HD1 - Another Dual Band DMR Radio!

Information sent via Twitter is that there is yet another new kid on the block when it comes to dual band DMR radios... The Ailunce HD1 by Retevis.

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And some great news is that this radio has a VFO mode with direct frequency entry (See Video):

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Price: TBA

28 June 2017

The Big Multimode Net 27/06/2017


Some action from this years Big Multimode Net in the UK.

27 June 2017

Retevis RT-82 Another TYT MD-2017 DMR Clone

These Dual Band DMR radios are coming thick and fast now with yet another MD-2017 clone, the Retevis RT-82.

So far I have seen these online being sold direct from China with the price being a tempting £170 so if you don't mind waiting up to 6 weeks for delivery this could be the DMR for you!

25 June 2017

27.275 The UK's Legal SSB Calling Channel

Just a reminder that the UK's legal SSB calling channel is on 27.275Mhz (Channel 27 Mid Band).

To help promote the calling channel a Facebook page has been created, please join and share this page and hopefully we can see an increase in stations on the SSB calling channel especially during the current sporadic E season.

Facebook Page: CLICK HERE

24 June 2017

NEW: Anytone AT-D868UV Dual Band DMR Radio

Looks like the market will soon be flooded with DMR radios as Anytone prepare to ship the new AT-D868UV dual band DMR handheld followed by the new AT-D5888 dual band DMR mobile radio..

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Originally planned for May 2017 it looks like the shipping date has slipped but the handheld should be available shortly with the mobile following later in the year.

Prices are to be announced.

19 June 2017

T2LT CB Antenna Giveaway!


So here's your chance to win a T2LT CB radio antenna courtesy of Stuart 26CTX1837. Stuart is one of those brave soles who treks up to the top of hills in all weather conditions to make some amazing contacts on CB radio. Just like and comment on his video and please subscribe to his channel.

President Lincoln II+ Modification Video

Video:YouTube/Bells CB

A short video showing you how to do the wideband modification on the President Lincoln 2+

18 June 2017

New Range of MyDEL Radios At Martin Lynch & Sons

Martin Lynch & Sons are now offering new budget HAM radios in the 'MyDEL' range which are all based on recent CB Radios.

The MyDEL Anytone AT-779V is a 2m mobile with 15w output: CLICK HERE

The MyDEL Anytone AT-779U is a 70cm mobile with 15w output: CLICK HERE

The MyDEL Anytone AT-779V/U is a dual band version of the radio with 18w output: CLICK HERE

Prices: £59.95 for the single band radios and £89.95 for the dual band radio.

Moonraker HT-500D = TYT MD-2017 In Disguise?

With all the recent talk about the new TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR handheld and some complaining that the radio may only be supplied by a limited number of 'chosen' retailers it would appear that the radio will indeed be available from other suppliers but found under different brand names. 

Moonraker are now taking orders for what appears to be exactly the same radio but being marketed as the Moonraker HT-500D.

So if you fancy the Moonraker version take a look here: CLICK

Or you may fancy the original TYT branded version from (hamdmr.co.uk) here: CLICK 

11 June 2017

Nude Amateur Radio Operators!

Something that I come across (Fnarr Fnarr!) on the internet today.... the Naturist Amateur Radio Club!!!!

So if you prefer to operate your radio in the nude this could just be the club for you but please look out for any nasty RF burns!!!

Take a peek here: CLICK FOR WEBSITE

New Antenna - Vortex Quasar MkII - Coming Soon!

News on the CB/HAM antenna front with a world exclusive as Dave, M0OGY has said he has his hands on the New Vortex Quasar Q82 MkII antenna for testing!

(Photo shows Dave M0OGY with Steve Lawman, owner of Vortex Antennas)

This antenna boasts exceptional performance for operators on the 10/11/12m bands.

So keep an eye out on Dave's YouTube channel ( LINK ) where you should see a video review of the new antenna soon.

9 June 2017

CB Radio: Channel 19 Madness 09/06/2017

President McKinley CB Radio Overview

Video:YouTube/Dave White

A run through of the operation and features of the new President McKinley CB Radio and below some DX action on the radio:

Video:YouTube/Dave White

6 June 2017

TYT MD-2017: Newcastle Airport Comms

A quick listen to some chatter from Newcastle Airport (Around 455Mhz) on the new TYT MD-2017, which will be available soon from HAMDMR.CO.UK

4 June 2017

EXCLUSIVE: TYT MD-2017 DMR (Part 2) - RX

More tests for the new TYT MD-2017 which will be available soon from HAMDMR.CO.UK

A quick listen to my 'Local' DMR repeater GB7XX which is only just within range for me. The repeaters signal is about S3 so sometimes suffers from drop outs at my end. 

On this occasion you will hear some stations discussing a problem whereby one of the stations can hear another station on Slot 1 coming through on Slot 2. The other stations on the repeater CANNOT here this problem....Very Strange!

2 June 2017

TYT MD-2017 EXCLUSIVE First Look (Part 1)

A quick look at the new TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Handheld which should be available soon from HAMDMR.CO.UK 

1 June 2017

EXCLUSIVE: TYT MD-2017 'Real World' Photos

Following many requests here are the full size photos of the new TYT MD-2017 which I took and used in the earlier video - CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE 

The radio was kindly supplied by WWW.HAMDMR.CO.UK who are currently taking orders for this new radio.

The radio should be available in the next few weeks.

Price: Around £199 (Including the vital programming cable)

"The MD-2017 is a dual band DMR digital radio with Tier 2 capabilities. It will work in both analogue and digital modes and has two on screen tuners. The two can be set to UHF/VHF UHF/UHF VHF/VHF also mixing both analogue and digital.

Main Features:

IP67 Waterproof
Dual time slot for repeater use
Dual time slot for simplex use
Software upgradable
Lone worker
Basic & enhanced encryption
Private call, group call, all call
Analogue and digital
Stun / un-stun
Colour LCD display
GPS (optional extra. Not available at present)"


The new TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Radio, kindly supplied by www.hamdmr.co.uk who are taking orders for this radio now.

The radio should be available in the next few weeks.

30 May 2017

The Big Multimode Nets 2017

Celebrating THREE YEARS of legal AM and SSB here in the UK... The Big Multimode Nets will take place on Tuesday 27th June 2017.

AM Calling on 27.125Mhz
USB Calling on 27.275Mhz

(Please QSY when contact is made)

Also remember that in the UK many 'midweek nets' take place on a Wednesday so please listen out on 28th June as well as there are sure to be plenty of stations on the air!

Yaesu Cashback Offers @ LAMCO

LAMCO have some cracking cashback deals on Yaesu equipment at the moment, so if you are in the market for some new gear why not take a look at their website: CLICK

28 May 2017

TYT MD-2017 First Look HAM DMR

Video:YouTube/HAM DMR

HAM DMR demostrate the new TYT MD-2017 in action.

Link to HAM DMR Website: CLICK HERE

27 May 2017

TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Radio Unboxing


A quick look at the new TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Handheld radio.

21 May 2017

Thinking About Buying a President Lincoln 2+ Then Watch This!


Not exactly a glowing report.....!

European CB Radio Bandplan

The ECBF (European Citizen's Band Confederation) has launched a consultation regarding the possibility of a harmonised European CB Radio Bandplan:

20 May 2017

Yaesu FT-891 Unboxing

Video:YouTube/Carl Gorse

Carl 2EOHBI is very well know as a dedicated portable operator and can often be heard on HF, VHF and UHF. In this video he shows us the unboxing of his new Yaesu FT-891.

15 May 2017

Coming Soon: TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Radio

Martin Lynch & Sons have started to take pre-orders for the new TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Handheld Radio.


Dual time slot for point to point 

Dual time slot for repeater 

Time-Division Multiple-Access (TDMA) technology 

Compatible with Mototrbo Tier I and II 

Lone worker 

Encryption function 

Analogue & Digital combined 

Single call, group call and all call #

Remote kill/stun and activate 

Firmware upgradeable 

IP67 Ingress Resistant 

Price: £189.95

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Website Link: CLICK HERE

4 May 2017

Blast From The Past: CB Radio Skip From 2011

A video found on an old backup hard drive showing the Northumberland Net lads doing a spot of DX-ing way back in May 2011. Features Stan 26AC08, Arthur 26AL01, Sid (Popeye) 26CT1066 and Glen 26GW344.

3 May 2017

CB Radio Skip 1st/3rd May 2017

The radio has slowly been stirring into life over the past week or so and it's great to hear the bands open once again.

Radio is the Albrecht AE5890EU and the antenna is a horizontal half wave wire dipole.

CB Radio - Southern Net 27/04/2017

Video:YouTube/CT2116 Tim

ISS: Upcoming School Contact

The next planned school contact with the International Space Station has been announced....

29 April 2017

FCC Legalises DX-Ing and Higher Powered FRS

The FCC in the US has announced rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS), Citizens Band Radio, as well as other applications under the FCC’s Part 95 Personal Radio Services (PRS) rules and regulations. Part 95 devices typically are low-power units that do not require an individual user license from the FCC. 

27 April 2017

Money Off President Jackson 2 and Antennas @ Nevada

Nevada have slashed the price of the now discontinued President Jackson 2 Classic along with money off several President antennas.

The Jackson 2 Classic had been selling for £269.99 but now is available for only £199.95

International Space Station School Contact 27/04/2017

"A direct contact via F8KGY with students from Lycée Hélène Boucher, Thionville, France, Thu 2017-04-27  08:52:17 UTC 83 deg. with astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG"

Not the best audio due to a very low elevation of the space station at my location and also some local electrical interference but still good to hear the ISS once again. 

24 April 2017

CB Radio - First Sporadic E Propagation Of The 2017 Season!

It's great to hear some DX action at long last. The bands have been totally dead here for months!

Let's hope that this years Sporadic E season is a good one!

Sunday DX and Metal Detecting!


A video showing how easy it is to mix radio with other hobbies, in the case a spot of metal detecting!

21 April 2017

ISS: Next School Contacts

The next International Space Station school contacts have been announced.....

19 April 2017

Getting started in CB radio - A beginners guide 2017


A very interesting and informative video from 'Fred In The Shed'!

14 April 2017

International Space Station School Contact 14/04/2017 (French)

"A direct contact via F6KCO with students from College Roger Martin Du Gard, Bellême, France Fri 2017-04-14 15:20:44 UTC 48 deg. The astronaut is Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG"

Reminder: ISS School Contact Today (14/04/2017)

Just a quick reminder that an International Space Station contact with a FRENCH school is scheduled for 16:20 hours BST / 15:20 hours GMT today on 145.800Mhz.

The stations transmissions should be audible across western Europe.

Midweek DX Net 12/04/17


More FM Net action from 26CTX1837....

13 April 2017

Mid Week CB Radio Net


More action from one of the many UK CB radio nets, this time on FM!

9 April 2017

DIAMOND BB7V Multi Band Vertical Antenna

A couple of videos from Waters and Stanton looking at the Diamond BB7V Vertical Antenna for 2-30Mhz. Ideal for those of us with smaller gardens or for use when out away from home.


HF Vertical Antenna Type: Broadband - low SWR
Power Rating: 250 Watts.
Height: 22.00ft
Mount Type: Non-tilt bracket
Material: Aluminum
Connection Type: UHF female - SO-239


80 Meters
60 Meters
40 Meters
30 Meters
20 Meters
17 Meters
15 Meters
12 Meters
10 Meters

Price is £289.95


You could of course get similar results with a fishing pole, balun, and a length of wire so I guess you are paying for the convenience and ease of use that this antenna provides and although the specs say you don't need any radials I would suggest using some if possible to get the best out of the antenna.

7 April 2017

NEW: TYT TH-8600 'Out Soon'

The latest radio in an ever increasing lineup from TYT is the TH-8600 which is a full colour dual band mobile radio. Featuring 25 watts on VHF and 20 watts on UHF.

3 April 2017

Upcoming ISS Contact

"A direct contact via F6KCO with students from College Roger Martin Du Gard, Bellême, France is presently scheduled Fri 2017-04-14 15:20 UTC (16:20 BST) 48 deg. The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG"

Listeners in western Europe should hear the Space Station transmissions on 145.800Mhz.

31 March 2017

30 March 2017

NEW: Tango Delta Weekly Net (UK)

Yet another UK weekly net to add to your diary. The new Tango Delta DX Group net will take place on Monday nights 19:30 - 21:00 hours (BST) on 27.395 USB starting on Monday 3rd April 2017. The net controller will be located at Greenhow Hill in North Yorkshire.

More information from the Tango Delta Facebook page: CLICK HERE

New Midland M Mini @ Thunderpole

Thunderpole have announced that they now have the new Midland M Mini in stock:

Main Features

  • 40CH AM/FM CB transceiver
  • Selectable frequency bands: I, I2, D4, EU, EC, PL, UK, IN;
  • Output power: 4W AM/FM
  • Manual or digital squelch
  • EMG button for the immediate selection of the emegency channels (9 or 19)
  • 2 PIN Midland socket for the connection of external accessories
  • Weight: 450gr
  • Dimensions: 110x25x120mm
Price: £73.90 with FREE delivery

Thunderpole Website: CLICK HERE

23 March 2017

Yaesu FT-70DR UK Price Revealed

So after yesterday's official announcement from Yaesu that their new FT-70DR/DE dual band digital handheld would retail for $200....

21 March 2017

New Yaesu FT-70DR Handheld

So Yaesu have officially announced a new handheld digital radio:

New Yaesu Radio?

An interesting post was spotted on Twitter from LAM Communications which appears to suggest that Yaesu have a new radio in the works....

ICOM IC-7610 Price Cock Up!

Whoops Missus!!!!

Looks like ICOM have cocked up with the price of their new IC-7610 radio....

20 March 2017

ICOM IC-7610 UK Price Revealed (UPDATED)

So Martin Lynch kick off with a price of £2999.99 for the new Icom IC-7610.

Lots of interest in this radio but will people be willing to shell out the cash????

UPDATE: Icom made a mistake with the pricing and forgot about the VAT!!!! New price is £3599.99 - OUCH!

Read more here: CLICK

Sunday DX: Harvard Good Buddy


More UK CB Radio action....




19 March 2017

Shortwave Radio Interference - Sky Q PLT?


So if you take a look at this video you will see that the problem is suspected to be from the new SKY Q set top box which apparently uses PLT even if it is connected via Wi-Fi.

Interference is the biggest threat to Ham Radio and CB Radio these days and it is shocking that so many electrical devices can cause horrendous and potentially dangerous interference to the radio spectrum.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who has had a similar problem which they can attribute to SKY television equipment.

18 March 2017

PMR446 Channel Expansion (Kenwood)

Kenwood Communications have published information regarding the upcoming implementation of extra PMR446 channels. 

Baofeng Launch 3 New Radios

Baofeng TECH have announced 3 new mobile radios to add to their ever growing collection...

CB Radio: Portugal Goes Licence Free

News via the ECBF Portugal Facebook page last night is that as from 9th March 2017 CB radio no longer requires a licence in Portugal.

17 March 2017

TX Factor - Episode 15 (TXF015)

Video:YouTube/ TX Factor

"Bob gives a relaxed overview of the RS-BA1 remote control software for the Icom IC-7300. We meet two youngsters with a passion for amateur radio. And Mike and Bob head off to Bristol to spend a day with some very enthusiastic members of the British Amateur Television Club to learn all about digital amateur television"

Baofeng UV-5R Extreme Radio Test

Video:YouTube/Under The Big Oak

So the Baofeng UV-5R is cheap and cheerful YES?

After all you get what you pay for don't you YES?

So just how much punishment can this little radio take.......?

You might be surprised, but please don't try this at home!!!!


Video:YouTube/GoTechnique (French Language)

Unboxing and a quick look at the new CRT Millenium CB Radio.

16 March 2017

Space Station School Contact - School Side

Video:YouTube/Radio Dx Group of Thrace-SZ7TRC

This is a video from the school side of a recent ISS contact on 10/03/2017.

My video of the ISS audio as heard in North East England can be seen here: