19 October 2017

The Big Net - 2nd November 2017


Thanks to Matt 26CT1994 for his promotional video for The Big Net 2017 celebrating 36 years of legal UK CB Radio.


18 October 2017

Ham Radio At The BBC - G8BBC


The BBC now has an Amateur Radio station based in Broadcasting House in central London. Broadcasts will be made under the special callsign G8BBC.

Galashiels Radio Rally 2017




Just a quick reminder that it's the Galashiels Radio Rally this weekend, Sunday 22nd October.

The Volunteer Hall
St John Street
Galashiels
Scottish Borders
TD1 3JX
Doors open at 11.15am (Disabled access from 11.00am) - Entry: £2.50


Always worth a visit even if it's just for the spectacular views of the surrounding area!

Here's a video from last years event:


More details: CLICK HERE

17 October 2017

Yaesu FT991/FT991A Gets System Fusion 2 Update


Yet another firmware update for the FT991/FT991A has appeared on the Yaesu website (Dated 17/10/2017).

This update adds the new DG-ID function to the radios (Known as System Fusion 2).

Yaesu FT991: CLICK HERE
Yaesu FT991A: CLICK HERE

7 October 2017

CatDisplay for Yaesu FT-857 or FT-897

Video: YouTube/Chris Day

A plug-in TFT display for your Yaesu radio.....

5 October 2017

Special Offer: President Lincoln 2+ @ Nevada



Nevada Radio in the UK have announced a special offer on the President Lincoln 2+ which is the latest version (V4) of this 10/11/12m mobile radio.

3 October 2017

TYT MD-760 DMR Handheld (Same As Radioddity GD-77)


TYT have a new radio, the MD-760, which is their own branded version of the popular budget DMR radio the Radioddity GD-77 (Or should that be the other way round? It's so hard to tell these days!)


Features are expected to be the same as the GD-77:


Price is unknown but the GD-77 sells for under £80 here in the UK so I would expect a similar price. 



2 October 2017

CB Radio - Southern Net 28/09/17

Video: YouTube/CT2116 Tim

Some action from the weekly Southern Net here in the UK. Conditions appear to have been particularly good this time....

1 October 2017

Vortex Quasar Q82 MKII "On Air" Tests

Video: YouTube/M0OGY

Dave does some 'On-Air' tests of the new Vortex Quasar Q82 MkII

Moonraker Minor II and Major 42 @ Dave's


Dave, M0OGY, has posted a photo of himself holding two radios from Mooraker. The Minor II and the Major 42 handheld.

Dave tells me that he will be reviewing these radios soon, so look out for videos on his YouTube channel.


The Moonraker Minor II is priced at around £49



The Moonraker Major 42 Handheld is priced at around £79

27 September 2017

Moonraker Major CB Handheld @ Knights


The new Moonraker Major42 is vow available from Knights here in the UK. Priced at a very reasonable £79.50

  • UK & EU channels + Multi Norms
  • Scanning facility
  • Dual Watch
  • Keylock
  • Power Save Function
  • External speaker/mic socket
  • Hi/Low Power
  • Digital S-Meter
  • Removable Battery Case

Link to Knights Website: CLICK HERE

25 September 2017

Vortex Quasar Q82 MK II Review (Part 3)

Video: YouTube/M0OGY

Dave takes another look at the new Vortex Quasar Q82 MkII 10/11/12m antenna along with the new MM0CUG two section mast.

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.

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 possibly 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)"