28 April 2014

President Lincoln II ASC Version 2 Review

M0OGY takes a second look at the President Lincoln 2 (Which he's had upgraded to Version 2)

24 April 2014

VU2DSI (India) on 28.545Mhz - Lincoln 2 (V2)

Testing out the receive on the President Lincoln 2 (V2).

Shortly after making this recording I spoke to the station on my Lincoln 2 (V2) using only 30 watts PEP output power.

Distance from my location to his = 4600 miles (7400Km)

23 April 2014

President Lincoln 2 (Version 2) - SSB Receive

My Lincoln 2 has been away to President to be upgraded to a version 2 radio. Previously the radio suffered from terrible SSB receive and an S-Meter which had a mind of its own. 

Now it's much better!

The SSB receive is clear even on stronger signals and the S-Meter is much more stable (If anything a little too stable!)

So thanks to all at President who have sorted my radio out! 

22 April 2014

Lincoln 2 - Version 2!
The Return of the Lincoln 2

My Lincoln 2 has been on its holidays to France. It's been well looked after by those kind people at President and it has now returned as a 'Version 2' radio!

First tests show that the S-Meter is now behaving itself, the outgoing FM audio is improved and the SSB receive seems much better! The ECHO, however, is still too high even on the lowest settings!

Most the mods are hard to see when you look at the board but if you look about two thirds back in the center you can see where a resister, diode(?) and capacitor have been added:

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More to follow!!!!!

21 April 2014

The BIG Multimode Net!

OFCOM are now in the final throws of legalising AM/SSB in the UK. We are just waiting for legalisation day to be announced. When the announcement is made plans are afoot for "The BIG Multimode Net" - A series of events where stations can take to the air on the newly legalised modes. 

So watch this space for:

"The BIG AM Net"
"The BIG SSB Net"

In the meantime remember the new UK calling channels are:

17 April 2014

UK CB - AM/SSB Update!

From the OFCOM website:

Proposals to make Wireless Telegraphy Exemption Regulations 2014 update
Executive summary

1.1 This document consults on draft regulations, the Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption and Amendment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (the ‘Proposed Regulations’). The Proposed Regulations would enable the use of certain wireless telegraphy equipment that comply with the technical parameters set out in the Proposed Regulations on a licence exempt basis.

1.2 Ofcom is responsible for authorising civil use of the radio spectrum. Under section 8(1) of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (the ‘WT Act’), it is an offence to establish, install or use equipment for wireless telegraphy without holding a licence granted by us, unless the use of such equipment is exempted. We are able to make regulations exempting the use of equipment by using powers conferred by section 8(3) of the WT Act.

1.3The Proposed Regulations would implement the following Ofcom decisions:
authorise the use of 870 to 876 MHz and 915 to 921 MHz for a number of Short Range Devices (SRD) on a licence-exempt basis in accordance with the decision in our Statement published on 2 April 2014 (the ‘870/915 Statement’)(-1-);

enable the land-based use of Earth Stations on Moving Platforms (ESOMPs) on a licence-exempt basis in accordance with the decision in our Statement published on 20 January 2014 (the ‘ESOMPs Statement’)(-2-);


allow two different Amplitude Modulation (AM) modes of operation (AM double side band and single side band) to be used for Citizens’ Band (CB) Radio on a licence-exempt basis in accordance with our decision in our “Statement on Citizens’ Band (CB) radio published on 10 December 2013 (the ‘CB Radio Decision’)(-3-).

1.4 In addition the Proposed Regulations would also make certain changes to the current technical conditions for use of SRDs on a licence exempt basis in order to implement the requirements of “Commission Implementing Decision of 11 December 2013 amending Decision 2006/771/EC on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for use by short-range devices and repealing Decision 2005/928/EC (2013/752/EU)” (the ‘Amending Decision’).

1.5 In accordance with the requirements of section 122(4) and (5) of the WT Act, this document gives notice of our intention to make the Proposed Regulations. All of the changes that the Proposed Regulations would introduce have been subject to previous consultation by Ofcom with the exception of the changes to implement the Amending Decision. As a Member State of the European Union, the UK is bound by the requirements of the Amending Decision and therefore has to implement them by the deadlines set out in the Decision. Given this, we did not consider it appropriate to first conduct a policy consultation regarding the changes to implement the Amending Decision.

1.6 Comments on the Proposed Regulations are invited by 5pm on 19 May 2014. Subject to consideration of responses we intend to bring the new regulation into force by July 2014. An impact assessment for the Proposed Regulation is available at Annex 5 to this document. The Proposed Regulation is included in this document at Annex 6. Further copies may be obtained from www.ofcom.org.uk or from Ofcom at Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA.

1.- “Statement on the Authorisation of Short Range Devices in 870 to 876 MHz and 915 to 921 MHz” http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/short-range-devices/statement/statement.pdf

2.- “Statement on the Authorisation of Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms”, http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/earth-stations-mobile-platforms/statement/Statement.pdf

3.- “Citizens’ Band (CB) radio Authorising Amplitude Modulation (AM) modes of operation Permitting AM double and single side band CB radio in the UK”, http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/citizens-band-radio/statement/statement.pdf

You can respond to the consultation here: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/proposal-wireless-telegraphy-exemption-2014/howtorespond/

IR2027.2 Notes/Draft
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16 April 2014

11 April 2014

Blackpool Radio Rally 2014

A few photos from this years rally!
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8 April 2014

President Swings Into Action!

President Electronics have started collection and repair of the faulty Lincoln 2's. Several operators including myself and Dave (M0OGY) have now had their Lincoln 2's collected by TNT and they are winging their way to France as we speak.

So if YOU have a faulty Lincoln 2, email President and ask them to sort it out for you!

I'd expect loads of 'Version 2' Lincoln 2 videos appearing on YouTube shortly!!!!!

6 April 2014

Blackpool Radio Rally Underway!

The 52nd Blackpool Radio Rally (NARSA) is currently underway!

More details:  http://www.narsa.org.uk/