21 August 2017

Saving Lives With Amateur Radio

Video:YouTube/M6 MGE

A video from Mike, M6MGE, which highlights a unique feature of Amateur Radio and radio communications in general, the ability to assist in an emergency and in this case quite possible saving a young girls life.

The video is fairly self explanatory and worth watching right to the end. Mike took the emergency call via the GB3WR repeater located on the Mendip Hills in South West England, and proceeded to contact the emergency services. 

I personally think that Mike did a fantastic job here and to be honest I'm not sure that I could have been so calm and professional in such circumstances.

Very well done Mike you are a credit to the hobby!
   

15 August 2017

Yaesu System Fusion II FAQ's


Following the news on the blog that Yaesu are planning an update to their System Fusion radios they have posted some FAQ's on their USA Facebook page which gives an insight into their plans:

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13 August 2017

Yaesu FT991 VHF UHF Extended Transmit

Video:YouTube/Jed Deadlock

An interesting video which appears to show a way to change a European FT-991 to the USA operating version with expanded 2m and 70cm coverage.

Please be aware you may damage your radio and I DO NOT recommend modifying radios so you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK!

12 August 2017

Yaesu Announces System Fusion II


So it would appear that Yaesu are about to make a major update to their C4FM Digital range of radios as an advert has appeared online which seems to be advertising 'System Fusion II'

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As you will see at the bottom of the advert it states that 'Firmware updates will enable System Fusion II compatibility with all existing C4FM products" so if, like myself, you have a C4FM enabled radio be on the lookout for some updates hopefully in the near future!

As to what System Fusion II offers.... Only time will tell!

8 August 2017

Space Station YOTA Contact 08/08/2017



Following a failed attempt at 18:38 GMT the RSGB/YOTA team made a successful contact with the Space Station on the next pass at 20:15 GMT.



Contact as heard by M0UKD who lives close enough to the ground station to hear both sides of the contact:




And as heard by Carl Gorse in the Teesside Area of the UK:

Space Station Contact Fails Due To Technical Problems


Unfortunately, this evenings scheduled Space Station contact at 19:38 hours BST failed due to technical problems!

The RSGB/YOTA team attempted to make contact for several minutes before reluctantly having to give up. 

Below is a short clip from the RSGB live stream:



UPDATE: A second attempt was made during the next flyover and this time a succesful contact was esablished - Video will appear on the blog in due course.


Mobility Scooter Mobile!


An interesting idea from "Mikedabike Faulkner" on Facebook who is now able to operate Mobility Scooter Mobile!

7 August 2017

New Version CRT SS9900 @ Knights


Breaking news today is that Doug at Knights Electrocom in the UK has the latest version of the CRT SS9900 in stock.

4 August 2017

Vortex Q82 MKII Antenna Review (Part 2)

Video:YouTube/M0OGY

More from Dave and his massive erection!

Radioddity GD-77 Dual Band DMR Handheld Only £76.99!


Seen on Amazon UK at  what appears to be a very reasonable price. Not seen or tried one of these yet so cannot comment on performance but it might be worth a punt!

Upcoming Space Station Contact


An International Space Station ARISS contact is planned for astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA, using the call sign NA1SS and the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event, call sign GB4YOTA, taking place in Gilwell Park, UK.

The contact is scheduled for Tuesday 8th August 2017 at approximately 18:38 GMT/19:38 BST. This will be a direct radio contact, operated by GB4YOTA.

Signals from the Space Station can be recieved on 145.800Mhz FM across much of Europe.


GB5RC - Radio Caroline Special Event Station


Celebrating 50 years of offshore radio broadcasting listen out for a special event station located on board The Ross Revenge near Bradwell-On-Sea in Essex, UK, the home of Radio Caroline. 

Operating on 80m, 40m, 20m, and possibly on other bands depending on conditions, the station with the callsign GB5RC will be active until the early hours of Monday morning (07/08/2017).

More information can be found here: CLICK

3 August 2017

Vortex Q82 MKII Antenna Review (Part 1)

Video:YouTube/M0OGY

Dave takes a look at the new Vortex Q82 MKII antenna.


New President JFK II A+ 10M Radio


New from President USA is the President JFK II A+ AM/FM 10M radio with a nice 50 watts output!

30 July 2017

Work The Leyland Tank 30/07/2017


So fingers crossed for some propagation today as we have a special event where you may be able to 'Work The Leyland Tank'.

Located near Tank Roundabout in Lancashire, UK this Centurion tank is one of several vehicles featured in a 'Welcome To Leyland' collection which remembers the historic heritage of the local area and for one day only a special DX event will take place from the tank so pin back your ears on channel 40 UKFM from 13:00 hours (BST).

Below is a video of the tank being put into place in 2011 (Having being moved a short distance due to road works on the roundabout):


29 July 2017

TYT MD-2017 £10 OFF @ Nevada


With thanks to Mike Devereux of Nevada Radio who tells me that they have the new TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR handheld radio in stock and if you mention "Delboy's Blog" you can get a £10 discount off the standard price.

Nevada website link: CLICK HERE


20 July 2017

UKFM Skip!

Video:YouTube/fredintheshed1

A nice contact to Germany by Fred (In the shed) during a recent sporadic E opening on the UKFM band. 

16 July 2017

Dave's Massive Erection - Vortex Q82 MkII


Dave, M0OGY has posted photos on Facebook showing his new Vortex Q82 MkII antenna for the 10/11/12m bands which measures a whopping 28ft long!

15 July 2017

TX Factor - Episode 17 (TXF017)

Video:YouTube/TX Factor

The latest episode of TX Factor which looks at Digital Modes and QSL cards.

3 July 2017

27.135Mhz German SSB Calling Channel!


Following on from the recent UK Facebook page which aims to promote the UK SSB Calling Channel on 27.275 USB (LINK), our friends in Germany have decided to do the same by launching a Facebook page for a German SSB Calling Channel on 27.135Mhz USB (Channel 15 Mid Band).

You can find the page on Facebook here: CLICK

Please join and share the page with your radio friends. 

1 July 2017

Ailunce HD1 - Another Dual Band DMR Radio!

Information sent via Twitter is that there is yet another new kid on the block when it comes to dual band DMR radios... The Ailunce HD1 by Retevis.

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And some great news is that this radio has a VFO mode with direct frequency entry (See Video):




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Price: TBA


28 June 2017

The Big Multimode Net 27/06/2017

Video:YouTube/26CTX1059

Some action from this years Big Multimode Net in the UK.

27 June 2017

Retevis RT-82 Another TYT MD-2017 DMR Clone


These Dual Band DMR radios are coming thick and fast now with yet another MD-2017 clone, the Retevis RT-82.


So far I have seen these online being sold direct from China with the price being a tempting £170 so if you don't mind waiting up to 6 weeks for delivery this could be the DMR for you!



25 June 2017

27.275 The UK's Legal SSB Calling Channel


Just a reminder that the UK's legal SSB calling channel is on 27.275Mhz (Channel 27 Mid Band).

To help promote the calling channel a Facebook page has been created, please join and share this page and hopefully we can see an increase in stations on the SSB calling channel especially during the current sporadic E season.


Facebook Page: CLICK HERE


24 June 2017

NEW: Anytone AT-D868UV Dual Band DMR Radio


Looks like the market will soon be flooded with DMR radios as Anytone prepare to ship the new AT-D868UV dual band DMR handheld followed by the new AT-D5888 dual band DMR mobile radio..

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Originally planned for May 2017 it looks like the shipping date has slipped but the handheld should be available shortly with the mobile following later in the year.

Prices are to be announced.


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

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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