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.....!

1 March 2017

UK CB Radio on SSB - Highlights Feb 2017

Video:YouTube/fredintheshed1


Some more SSB action from the UK....


Baofeng UV-5R Teardown!




Video:YouTube/All About Circuits

This video delves inside the very popular and cheap handheld radio.




Original article can be found here: CLICK 

International Space Station School Contact 01/03/2017





International Space Station School Contact 01/03/2017

A direct contact with students at the Ecole Albert Camus, Rueil-Malmaison, France, College Marcel  Pagnol, Rueil-Malmaison, France, and Ecole “Robespierre B.”, Rueil-Malmaison Wed 2017-03-01 08:04:44 UTC 77 deg. with Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG.