19 June 2017

T2LT CB Antenna Giveaway!

Video:YouTube/26CTX1837

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
TDMA
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)"

EXCLUSIVE: TYT MD-2017



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

Video:YouTube/BuyTwoWayRadios

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!

Video:YouTube/MikesRadioRepair

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.

Features:


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

   (Click To Enlarge)

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!

Video:YouTube/163CTX009

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

Video:YouTube/fredintheshed1

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

Video:YouTube/26CTX1837

More FM Net action from 26CTX1837....

13 April 2017

Mid Week CB Radio Net

Video:Youtube/163CTX009

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.


Specifications:

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

Bands:

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

Price is £289.95

Link: CLICK HERE

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)
  • RF GAIN
  • 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



Video:YouTube/163CTX009

More UK CB Radio action....

ICOM IC-7610 FIRST VIDEOS!

Video:YouTube/bcl-radio


Video:YouTube/TADAFUMI KIMURA

19 March 2017

Shortwave Radio Interference - Sky Q PLT?



Video:YouTube/MikesMovies



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!!!!

CRT MILLENIUM CB Radio Unboxing



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:

14 March 2017

Goodbye Jaycee Electronics!


Sad news from Jaycee Electronics....

President George On A Bike!

Video:YouTube/2j4ez

In the mid 80's I was often to be seen bicycle mobile with a Cobra 148 GTL DX and a DV27 waving in the wind behind me,  but I think this is the first time I've ever seen a President George on a bike!

13 March 2017

PMR Radio: Retevis RT24 - PMR446 - First Look



Video:YouTube/Chris TheHulk


Interesting little radios these, sold as 'legal' PMR446 radios but only a little grub screw holds the 'fixed' antenna in place.... They are also able to do 2 watts and 400-470Mhz if required!!!!


Feature:
  • 16 channel
  • 40CTCSS 168DCS
  • Scan function
  • Battery Save
  • 12.5KHz Bandwidth
  • VOX function
  • Busy channel lock
  • Scrambler
  • English/Chinese Voice
  • Low battery alarm
  • Time-out-Time(TOT)
  • Squelch adjustment function
  • PC program protection
Package includes:
  • 2 x RT24 two way radio
  • 2 x Battery
  • 2 x USB charger or 2 x EU charger
  • 2 x Belt Clip
  • 2 x Earpiece(gift)
Price around $36 per pair.


10 March 2017

Nevada - "Bargains" On The Way!


Nevada Radio have posted an update on their Facebook page which indicates that they will have some "Bargains" on offer soon in order to clear old stock for extra space in their warehouse.

So keep an eye on on the Nevada website or their Facebook page.

International Space Station School Contact 10/03/2017


"A direct contact via SV7APQ with students at the ​3rd Junior High School, Komotini, Greece on Fri 2017-03-10 08:20:46 UTC 28 deg. with Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD"

7 March 2017

New CRT Millenium



Another tiny little CB radio has popped up on the CRT France website. The CRT Millenium, which is sure to be a big hit with portable operators... 


    (Mic wiring)

4 Watts AM/FM
EU Multi Norms
S-Meter
Auto Squelch
Key Lock
Ch 9/19
Detachable Microphone
Blue backlit LCD screen
Price: 69 Euros

Website: CLICK HERE

Lincoln 2+ Price Slashed By President USA


President Electronics USA have continued to reduce prices with a $100 reduction on their flagship radio the Lincoln 2+


The Lincoln 2+ now retails at just $249 (£204 - Same radio in the UK costs £269.95)

So only one of two things can be happening here, either the radios are selling like hot cakes and President are able to reduce prices due to reduced production costs.... OR sales are extremely poor and President are desperate to sell their radios which are just lying in boxes in warehouses around the world.... YOU DECIDE!

CB Radio Sunday DX 26/02/2017

Video:YouTube/26CTX1059

More CB radio action from the UK with the intrepid operators battling the weather....

3 March 2017

Sirio Performer 2000 Trucker (3/8) @ Knights


Knights Electrocom in the UK now have the Sirio Performer 2000 Trucker in stock with a price of £49.95

The antenna, which is over 2m long, performs well but will be rather obvious on your mobile station!

Knights Website: LINK

President Slash Prices In The US


President have announced price reductions on CB radios for sale in the US:

    The Johnson II is now $149 (£121 - Equivalent UK Radio is £279!!!!!)

    The Johnny III is now $119 (£97 - Equivalent UK Radio is £139!!!!!)

And there are rumours of further reductions planned on other radios.... 

Why is this happening? Well it's not very often that a company reduces the prices of radios that are selling well.....!