18 January 2019

NEW Midland 42 DS CB Handheld @ Moonraker

Thunderpole, here in the UK, have the new Midland 42 DS (Digital Squelch) CB radio handheld in stock, at the very reasonable price of £119.99 (I paid more than that for my Eurosonic KH-104 back in the 90's).

  • Multi Channel Operation (All EU Norms)
  • 2-Level Transmitter Power (1W, 4W)
  • Display of Channel, Band, Mode, TX Power, Etc.
  • Dual Watch, Scan, EMG, Lock, LCD Backlight
  • Battery indicator
  • Adjustable squelch
  • Can run from 6 or 8 x AA Batteries (not included)
  • Standard 2-Pin External earpiece-microphone jack
  • Car Kit Adaptor for mobile use
  • Internal Speaker
  • Digital Squelch
  • Comes with accessories shown
  • 72 x 40 x 145 (Including Antenna - 320mm)

I really like the look of this radio and could be tempted if I ever need to replace my ageing Eurosonic handheld.

Link to Thunderpole website: CLICK HERE

17 January 2019

NEW Quad Band Wouxun KG-UV980PL

Another new radio from Wouxun in a familiar container. This is the Wouxun KG-UV980PL and it's great to see another radio which includes the 4m band.

The Big Net - Celebrating FIVE Years of Legal AM and SSB

Something to look forward to this summer, another chance to celebrate UK CB radio....

On 27th June it's the return of The Big Net, celebrating FIVE years of LEGAL AM and SSB CB Radio here in the UK.

The long-standing annual event is a great chance to contact new and existing stations around the UK, have a chat, reminisce about the good old days and forge new friendships, ultimately increasing the the number of stations on the air and helping to safeguard the future of CB radio in general. 

The event always proves to be very popular and there are sure to be many stations operating on the night from both home and mobile stations, from the top of hills and from the valleys below.

So dig those radios out and give a shout.

27th June 2019 18:00 - 23:00 hours (UK Time)

AM Calling on 27.125 (Channel 14 Mid Band)
USB Calling on 27.275 (Channel 27 Mid Band)



15 January 2019

Introduction to the IC-9700 - VIDEO


Icom UK take a look at their new transceiver, the IC-9700

• All mode, tri-band transceiver covering 144 MHz, 430 MHz as well as 1.2GHz 

• Supports CW/AM/SSB/FM/RTTY and D-STAR Digital Voice and Digital Data modes

• 144MHz and 430MHz band is direct sampling. The 1.2GHz uses down conversions as well.

• Full duplex operation/ Dual Watch (no VHF/VHF or UHF/UHF capability.)

• PA will provide a powerful 100 W (144 MHz), 75 W (430 MHz) and 10 W (1200 MHz) output

• 4.3" touchscreen colour TFT LCD

• Smooth satellite operation with normal/reverse tracking and 99 satellite channels

• D-STAR provides clear digital audio

• Voice recording/playback function (SD memory card)

• Audio scope

• CW full break-in

14 January 2019

Net List and Net Map Updated 14/01/2019

Just a short note to let you know that the Net List and Net Map have both been updated. You can see them by clicking on the links below:

Net List: HERE

Net Map: HERE

7 January 2019

President McKinley - How Much Would You Pay?

So the President McKinley EU CB Radio is due out in the coming weeks and there has been much speculation as to how much this radio will cost. The only UK price that I've seen mentioned so far was £289 but as President have yet to officially announce the price we must take that with a pinch of salt for now. 

5 January 2019

The Yaesu FTDX101D *VIDEO*


Video from Martin Lynch & Sons who now have a Yaesu FTDX101D on demonstration in their showroom. 

With a rumoured price tag of £4000-£5000 it's certainly not cheap but this SDR radio is sure to work exceedingly well.

Now just need to decide which bank I'm gonna rob...….

4 January 2019

Moonraker Sale Now On!

Moonraker UK have a selection of items in their January Sale, including:

The Intek M-799 POWER

Key Features/Specifications:
  • 9 Bands Programmable (all European countries) - Expandable to 450 channels
  • AM/FM 4W
  • AM/FM 20W (Export)
  • Extra large Blue Color LCD Display with S/RF Meter
  • ESP COMPANDER (RX/TX Speech Processor)
  • Manual or Auto (fixed) Squelch
  • 3W Speaker
  • ATT (RF Signal Attenuator)
  • RB (Roger Beep)
  • ANL (Automatic Noise Limiter)
  • SCAN
  • DW
  • EMG (Emergency Channels) quick access
  • Quick UP/DN channel selection
  • Soft type microphone curl cord
  • Dynamic MIC with UP/DN/LOCK controls
PRICE: £50.00

Why on earth would you want to spend nearly £200 on a President AM/FM radio when you could buy this little gem?

The Baofeng BF-9500

Key Features/Specifications:
  • Display on a large LCD with adjustable brightness,convenient information access
  • Distribute buttons reasonably, convenient for operation
  • Adopt superior quality material, better technology and high quality radiator to ensure stable and durable operation
  • 200 programmable memorized channels
  • Using 5Tone to send Message, Emergency alarm, Call all, ANI, Remotely kill, Remotely Waken, etc.
  • Programming different CTCSS, DCS, 2Tone, 5Tone in per channel, rejecting extra calling from other radios
  • High/medium/low power, can meet the needs of long distance communication, more energy saving province electricity
  • Automatic calling identification function by DTMA-ANI or 5Tone-ANI
  • Frequency: UHF400-470MHz
  • Channel: 200
  • Channel spacing: 12.5/20/25kHz
  • Frequency step: 2.5/5/6.25/8.33/10/12.5/25/50/100kHz
  • Working Voltage: 13.8V 15%
  • Squelch style: CTCSS/DCS/5Tone/2Tone/DTMF
  • Frequency Stability: 2.5ppm
  • Operating temperature: -20 C to +60C
  • Dimension: 145x47x190mm
  • Sensitivity(12dB SINAD): =0.25V/=0.35V
  • Adjacent channel selectivity: =70/=60dB
  • Inter modulation: =65dB/=60dB
  • Spurious Rejection: =70dB
  • Acoustic frequency response: + 1- -3dB(0.3-2.55k)
  • SNR: =45dB/=40dB
  • Audio distortion: =5%
  • Audio Output Power: 2W@10%
PRICE: £75.00

You can see the full list of sale items on the Moonraker website by clicking HERE

2 January 2019

Solar Cycle 25

With 2019 set to see the bottom of the current solar cycle all eyes are looking towards Solar Cycle 25.... When will it start? When will it peak? Is it going to be better or worse than Cycle 24?