17 November 2018

Midland CB Talk App - Final Nail In The Coffin?

It was an app and microphone which seemed so full of promise, the ability to talk to CB users around the world via your smartphone, taking CB radio into the 21st century.... but not long after launch it faced criticism about privacy issues (requiring your phone number, access to your contact list, revealing your EXACT location to anyone who cared to look!). These issues were raised with Midland who only appeared to make a half-hearted attempt at appeasing critics but the main privacy issued remained. 

There was then talk about making the app subscription only....in a world where people have come to expect apps to be free in exchange for a little user information, this may not have been a good idea either...

Well things have now taken another turn for the worse, the app appears to be 'location locked' with access to chatrooms limited to those in your country, meaning you cannot listen or participate in conversations taking place in chatrooms from other countries around the world.....

I've never been a fan of this app due to the major privacy concerns and indeed I've always said that if you want to chat online there were already much better alternatives such as the long established Zello. Location locking for me is the final nail in the coffin for this short lived app... time to send it to the trash can!

12 November 2018

No McKinley EU This Year!

President have confirmed that their long awaited McKinley EU SSB CB radio will not be available this year.

Responding to an email sent by Robert Gibbs, a member of the President McKinley Users Group on Facebook, President said that they could not give an exact date, but the radio would not be on sale before the end of the year.

So the wait continues......🤔

4 November 2018

Video - The Big Net 2018 Gary 26CT104

Video:YouTube/104's Outdoors

Yet another 'Big Net' video, this time from Gary.....

VIDEO - The Big Net 2018 - Fred In The Shed!


Another cracking video of this years 'Big Net', celebrating 37 years of legal CB radio in the UK. This time from Fred In The Shed in the South East of England. Great to see that his first contact was with a 'new' breaker, just goes to show that events like this encourage new and returning stations to pick up the mic as well as encouraging existing breakers to get on the air more often. 

Hopefully new friendships are created thus boosting activity across the bands....!

VIDEO - The Big Net 2018


On Friday 2nd November 2018 the UK celebrated 37 years of legal CB radio. 

'The Big Net' is an annual event which always proves to be very popular. Indeed, here in the North East of England channel 37 was absolutely buzzing and several other nets popped up on other channels due to 37 being so overcrowded.

Myself, after an hour or so on channel 37 talking to loads of stations on FM, I ended up on mid band SSB with a net stretching across Northumberland, Durham, Teeside and Tyne and Wear.

Anyway here's a video from Jason in the South West of England. He say's it wasn't as busy as he expected it would be in his part of the world, but the video still shows that there was no shortage of stations taking to the air!!!

31 October 2018

This Friday - The Big Net - 37 Years Of Legal CB Radio

Time to dust off those CB Radios and get on the air to celebrate 37 years of LEGAL CB Radio in the UK.

UK FM CB Radio was legalised on 2nd November 1981 (seems like only yesterday) and in June 2014 AM and SSB were legalised also. 

30 October 2018

Southern UK 11m SSB Net 25/10/18

Video:YouTube/2E0TWG_M6JVI_CT2116 TIM

Some of the great SSB action from the Southern 11m Net here in the UK....

It is truly wonderful to see how SSB activity has grown over the past 4 years since legalisation here in the UK. I remember prior to legalisation there were many stations saying that SSB on the mid band would be a complete flop and no-one would want to use it..... How wrong they were!

29 October 2018

NEW Baofeng DM-1703?

Spotted this online but can't find much about it.... another DMR radio from Baofeng.

The Baofeng DM-1703 is a dual band, waterproof DMR handheld expected to come into production in the coming months so keep your eyes open for further details.

26 October 2018

Xiegu G90 HF 20W SDR Transceiver

NEW: Xiegu G90 HF 20W SDR Transceiver

Looks like our friends in China have been busy with the upcoming HF SDR radio the Xiegu G90...

Xiegu G90 Features

  • High performance front end narrowband ESC preselector
  • Frequency range of 0.5~30MHz, SSB/CW/AM
  • 1.8 inch high brightness color TFT LCD screen
  • ±24k bandwidth spectrum display with waterfall
  • Software defined narrowband filter (CW mode: 300Hz)
  • Detachable Front Panel/Display Unit
  • Up to 20W of RF power
  • Built-in wide range automatic antenna tuner
  • I/Q output for interfacing with a PC or XDT1 panadapter

Xiegu G90 Receiver Parameters

  • RX frequency range: 0.5MHz to 30MHz
  • Modes: SSB/CW/AM
  • RX sensitivity: better than 0.25uV @12dB Sinad (PRE: ON) Machine dynamic range: 90dB
  • Adjacent channel suppression: 60dB
  • Audio output power: 0.5W@ 4Ω
  • Optional: SSB 2.4kHz / CW 300Hz
  • Standby current: 750mA @ Max

Xiegu G90 Transmitter Parameters

  • TX frequency range: all amateur bands 1.8 to 30 MHz
  • Modes: SSB/CW/AM
  • RF output power: 20W
  • Spurious suppression: ≥50dB
  • Carrier suppression: ≥50dB
  • Sideband suppression: ≥50dB
  • Transmit working current: 8A @ Max

Xiegu G90 Antenna Tuner Parameters

  • Initial tuning time: ≤12s
  • Re-entry tuning time: ≤ 2s

Xiegu G90 General Specifications

  • Operating voltage range: 12 ~ 15V DC
  • Operating temperature range: 0 ° C ~ 55 ° C
  • Frequency stability: ±2ppm (after 30 minutes of power on)
  • Size: 120*45*210 mm (without protrusions, head unit combination status)
  • Weight: about 1kg