Seen on the President Electronics USA Facebook page are these new photos of the President Bill mini CB Radio:
- 40 channels AM / FM - 12 V - USB 5V / 2.1A - Up/down channel selector - Volume adjustment and ON/OFF - Manual squelch and ASC - Multi-functions LCD display - S-meter - ANL filter, NB, HI-CUT - F function key - Beep Function - Roger Beep - Mode switch AM / FM - Preset channel programmable - TOT (Time out timer) - Front microphone plug - Microphone Electret or Dynamic - External loudspeaker jack
Hot off the press is news that the popular DMR radio the TYT MD-380 is getting an upgrade and will now appear as the TYT MD-UV380 with dual band analogue/digital capabilities. TYT are trying to get this radio out to dealers in APRIL and the price is expected to be in the region of $149 (No UK/EU prices have been issued as yet)
The radio comes with a 2000mAh battery and has 5 watts of output power. Other specs can be seen above (Click Images To Enlarge)
For those of you (yes both of you) who are thinking of buying the Ronald 10/12m radio...... I recently did a bit of a survey on various Facebook pages regarding this radio. I asked "Will you be buying the new President Ronald 10/12m radio?", here are some of the responses..... "Why would I?" "Without SSB, it's nonsense" "President does no cool radios anymore. For HAM use I would require a repeater shift and SSB" "Would not waste my money on this radio" "WOW - Didn't know President was still around" "This is not a HAM radio" "Without SSB it's a complete waste of time, FM on 29Mhz is about all it could be used for other than as a CB.... and we all know it's a CB really" "Why would you buy a radio these days without SSB on it?" "Pity they don't put SSB on all radios" "AM/FM radios don't do anything for me. I find it odd that they reused the Ronald name when originally the Ronald was SSB" "Why would I want to spunk £150 up the wall on an AM/FM radio? Ooooo it covers the 12m band, shame the band is CW, data and SSB - not AM/FM. So this is a chocolate teapot. It's made in china and only costs £100 in the states" "This is very good... for the CB band. It does 50w PEP on AM" Now after that type of customer feedback there's no way any company would be considering bringing out another radio like this one yes???? .... Oh bugger!
Hot off the press is news that Yaesu have issued official photos and the operating manual for their new FT-818 which is set to replace the trusty and very popular FT-817.
Looking almost identical to it's predecessor the FT-818 has been criticised by many for not being different enough and not having more features but I think Yaesu have decided that if it wasn't broken there's no need to fix it!
The real reason for bringing out this new radio is probably down to the difficulty in sourcing components for the old model rather than any need to update the features on the radio.
Anyway whatever your feelings about this new radio you can see high resolution images and download the operating manual from the Yaesu website: CLICK HERE
This would appear to be a new radio... The President Richard (Or Richard 2 if you go by the image names on the President website). The photo was spotted on Twitter and kindly sent to me this morning.
Looks like this is another 10/12M AM/FM radio!!!!!
(Yes unlike it's previous incarnation which did have SSB)
Quite bizarre!!!! President don't seem to have learned from their "President Ronald 10/12m" radio, even though they ended up dropping the "10/12m" from its name recently!
Price is not known as yet but as with the Ronald it is likely to be too high and likely to fall rapidly in the first couple of months on sale. Let's be honest - THIS IS A CB RADIO NOT A HAM RADIO. AM/FM only is no good to HAM operators and it's good to see others coming round to this way of thinking at long last instead of blindly recommending certain radio brands to their readers. UPDATE: Pictures and specs from the President Website
- Rotary switch channel selector
- Volume adjustment and ON/OFF
- RF Power
- Manual squelch and ASC
- Multi-functions LCD display (Normal or Negative)
- Frequencies display
- Public Address
- ANL filter, NB and HI-CUT
- RF Gain / Mike gain
- MENU function key
- Beep Function
- Roger Beep
- Mode switch AM/FM
- VFO Mode (continuous scanning of 24.890 Mhz to 24.990 Mhz and of 28.000 Mhz to 29.700 Mhz)
Wednesday 27th June 2018 sees the 4th Anniversary of the legalisation of AM and SSB in the UK.
As part of the celebrations, some of the SSB weekly nets are getting together for what promises to be one of the best CB events ever to take place here in the UK.
Organised by Tom from The Midweek Net which operates every Wednesday on 27.255Mhz, the aim is to get stations operating from all 48 English counties on the same night. Stations from Scotland and Northern Ireland will also be encouraged take part.
"Wednesday 27th June 2018 is the 4th Anniversary of legal SSB in the UK and we plan to celebrate it in style with six regional nets designed to give everyone the chance to work as many English Counties as possible!
Our aim is to have portable stations active on high ground in all 48 English counties between 6pm and 10pm forming as part of six regional networks giving everyone the best chance to work as many counties as possible on the night.
The chair's of each net will be able to pass you round to the county station's on high spots up and down the land maximising everybody's chances of working parts of England you might not often hear on the 11m band
From Cornwall to Cumbria, Northumberland to Kent! Join us on Wednesday 27th June to wish SSB in the UK a Happy 4th Birthday.
And for those who can't get out Mid-week don't worry are encouraging anyone who would like to take to the hill's and activate their own County stations to do so on either Sunday surrounding the main event between 11am & 1pm on both Sundays there will be a chance to work many English county station as well!
Watch this space for more details, frequencies and info"
So spread the word and put the this BIG NET in your calender!!!!
"An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Agrupamento de Escolas do Fundão, Fundão, Portugal on 21 Feb. Set for 09:38 UTC. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and CS5DBB"
I'm assuming that they will be active on their usual frequency of 145.800MHZ FM.
I don't think that there will be many UK operators who have parted with their hard earned cash for a President Ronald, but just in case, this is how to get the UK band.... It's like going back to the 70's!
So after waiting 3 weeks without any response from OFCOM regarding the legal situation in the UK in respect of the expanded PMR446 allocation I took at look at the CEPT document database website and after a bit of poking around I found this....