18 September 2017

The Big Net - 36 Years Of Legal CB Radio In The UK


Yes it's almost that time of the year again when CB radio operators all over the UK get together to celebrate the anniversary of the legalisation of the UK CB radio system.

Way back in 1981 the UK gained access to legal CB radio after many years of illegal use of imported American radios. The UK was allocated a unique band comprising 40 channels using Frequency Modulation (UK40). 

Later, rules were relaxed and the EU (Mid) band was also granted again using Frequency Modulation only. Now of course AM and SSB are also legal here in the UK on the EU band and we still have our UK40 band to use as well. 

So why not join the celebration? 

MAIN NET: 36 years of legal UK CB radio on Thursday 2nd November 2017 19:00 - 22:00 hours (BST) on Ch36 UKFM (27.95125Mhz). 

Optional: 

AM Calling on Ch14 EU (27.125Mhz)*
SSB Calling on Ch27 EU (27.275Mhz)*

* Please QSY once contact is made

16 September 2017

Special Event: Eastern Counties Net 16th/17th September 2017

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Celebrating the first year anniversary of the UK's Eastern Counties Net who have a special event this weekend, so listen out for 26FI420(Richard) and 26FI242(Justin) operating under the special callsign of 26FI/ECN.

They will be using USB between 27.365 and 27.445Mhz.

9 September 2017

Accessing The 5Mhz (60m) Band On The Yaesu FT-991


A quick video to show you how to access the newly added 5Mhz (60m) band on the Yaesu FT-991 following the recent firmware update (Dated 06/09/2017).

The update files can be downloaded from the Yaesu website. Updates are available for the FT-891, FT-991, FT-991A, FTdx1200, FTdx3000 and the FTdx5000.


However, a suggestion to Yaesu....

While I'm sure we all welcome this update why was it done in such a mess of a way? 

Why does the 5Mhz band not have its own band button on the screen? 

Is it due to the screen being full?

The very least you could do is change the '14' button to display '14/5'

If it is because the screen is full why not give 5Mhz its own button and combine the AIR and MW bands on one button instead as shown in my mock-up below?


7 September 2017

Yaesu Radios Get 5Mhz Band Update


Yaesu have announced a firmware update for several radios which adds the 5Mhz (60m) band.

Updates are available for the FT-891, FT-991, FT-991A, FTdx1200, FTdx3000 and the FTdx5000.

Link to files: YAESU WEBSITE (Link goes to FT-991 files, for other radios select your radio from the links on the page)

Update notes (Referring to the FT-991)

* The 5 MHz amateur band is updated for the FT-991 as follows: US / EXP / CHN / AUS versions 

1. By pressing and holding the band key [14/5], the 5 MHz band can now be selected. 

2. The three 5 MHz band stacks are called up by successively pressing and holding the
[14/5] Band Key. (Transmission/Reception operation in 5 MHz band in each version does not change)


UK version transceiver which can transmit 5 MHz in USB mode 

1. By pressing and holding the band key [14/5], the 5 MHz band can now be selected. 

2. The three 5 MHz band stacks are called up by successively pressing and holding the [14/5] Band
Key. 

3. VFO operation Transmit in all modes is now possible at frequencies of 5.250.0MHz - 5.406.5MHz.


EU transceiver which can not currently transmit 5 MHz 

1. By pressing and holding the band key [14/5], the 5 MHz band can now be selected. 

2. The three 5 MHz band stacks are called up by successively pressing and holding the [14/5] Band
Key. 

3. 5.351.5MHz - 5.366.5MHz frequencies, VFO operation Transmit in all modes is now possible.

NOTE: For the 5 MHz band, please operate according to Regulation of each country and license of customer.


To access the 5Mhz band on my FT-991 following the update all you need to do is press and hold the '14' button on the band select screen to gain access.

I feel the display should have been altered to display 14/5 instead of just 14 or even better the whole band select screen should have been reorganised but maybe that will come in a future update.

2 September 2017

President McKinley Audio Test

Video:YouTube/cbradiomagazine

This video from cbradiomagazine on YouTube demonstrates the TX audio on the President McKinley with the stock microphone and then a power microphone. The receive radio is a President Lincoln 2.

President really need this to be a winning radio after the disappointment of the Grant 2 and the disastrous Lincoln 2(Mk1) and I must say the radio sounds pretty good to my ears even with the stock mic. Now lets see if President bring this radio out in EU configuration at some point in the future.

President McKinley USA Clarifier Unlock Mod

Video:YouTube/MikesRadioRepair

So despite rigourous FCC rules and regulations it would appear that it is possible to unlock the clarifier on the new President McKinley CB Radio.....

Next step I guess is to add a few more bands and hey presto you have a really good multi channel radio!

NEW: ICOM IC-9700 @ Tokyo 2017

Video:YouTube/JI1ATUjr

Icom's new IC-9700 seen at the Tokyo Ham Fair 2017. This is a prototype so there are not many details as yet but the radio will cover the 144Mhz, 432Mhz and 1.2Ghz bands.

Price and further information will follow in due course no doubt!

31 August 2017

President McKinley AM/SSB - New 2017 CB Radio Review

Video:YouTube/cbradiomagazine


TYT MD-9600 DMR Radio: First Look/Testing

Video:YouTube/AirWavz KG4VDZ

A first look at the new TYT MD-9600, a radio which looks as if it will be very popular amongst DMR users.