10 December 2018

International Space Station Contact 10/12/2018


A video of today's Space Station contact as heard from the North East of England.

9 December 2018

Space Station Contact 10/12/2018



An International Space station Amateur Radio contact is planned with the Thiviers College and Chalais (Dordogne) in France on 10th December 2018.

Scheduled time is 13:12 GMT.

The contact will be audible in EUROPE and will be conducted in English.

The contact will take place on 145.800 MHz (RX ONLY!)

Floureon FC200 - The Inside Story


So I've had the back off these little radios and thought I'll show you what's inside....

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As you can see it's a very tidy board with very little on it! No wonder they can turn them out for so little money. 

For those asking, the antenna can easily be removed and a BNC (or similar) connector soldered to the board instead.

 

6 December 2018

Floureon FC200 16 Channel PMR446 Radios


Picked these up recently from eBay, Floureon TC200 16 Channel PMR446 radios. Costing only £14.99 delivered (And I've seen a four pack for £26.99).


Specs:

16 channel PMR446
CTCSS
Scan Facility
LED Torch
Call Tones
LCD Display
Monitor/Squelch Defeat
USB Charging for NiMH batteries (Not Included)
Available in a choice of colours
Hi/Lo Power setting 500mw/1 watt (Cough, Cough)


A Hi/Lo power setting in the menu suggests these may not meet the required specifications....!

Update: For those having problems turning the Roger Beep off, press the UP arrow GENTLY when turning the radio on. If you press the button too hard I think you end up pressing the up and down at the same time and it doesn't deactivate the Roger Beep. 

On first inspection these appear to be great little radios for the money and ideal for children to play with. Having the full 16 channels means you can be sure of a clear channel and if you use channels 9-16 you are much less likely to be listened to or suffer from interference.

More to come on these little radios in the near future!



FT8 On A Train!



Video:YouTube/vk3ye


NEW President Walker II - HOW MUCH?



The NEW President Walker II AM/FM only radio has been seen online on a German retailers website for 298 EUROS which equates to £265...........

GULP!!!!!

That's a lot of dosh for an AM/FM only radio!


Of course the price could just be a guide price and may go up or down but it will be interesting to see if people are willing to pay this sort of money for a radio without SSB.

It no doubt has some hidden goodies (Extra bands, more power etc) but still makes your eyes water!


It does appear to be the same or very similar radio to the upcoming President Richard 10m radio so if they have the same board inside I would expect the possibility that both of them will cover 10/11m (26-30Mhz) with a mod.

UPDATE: Simon The Wizard tells me that he has one and the price was around €189 (Plus shipping) - PHEW!!!!! So it looks like the €298 is just a placeholder price! Talk about giving people a heart attack!

So at 189 EUROS that equates to £168, but you can expect it to be more like £179 - £199 in rip-off Britain - Still a fair old price for an AM/FM only radio for sure!

5 December 2018

President Lincoln II+ £70 OFF @ Nevada


An extra special Christmas gift from Nevada as they have the President Lincoln II+ on offer for only £199.95 - That's a whopping saving of £70

Maybe they are clearing their shelves ready for the upcoming President McKinley EU?


Anyway if you fancy one here's the all important link: CLICK HERE


Features :-

  • Rotary switch and Up/down channel selector
  • VFO Mode (continuous scanning of 24.880 Mhz to 24.980 Mhz and of 28.000 Mhz to 29.700 Mhz)
  • Volume adjustment and ON/OFF
  • RF Power
  • Manual squelch and ASC
  • Multi-functions LCD display
  • Frequency display
  • S-meter
  • Public Address
  • Vox function (Hands free)
  • ANL filter , NB and HI-CUT
  • RF Gain / Mike gain
  • Clarifier
  • Channels and memories scan
  • 6 Memories
  • CTCSS (38 tones)
  • DCS (104 codes)
  • Dimmer control
  • MENU function key
  • Beep Function
  • Roger Beep
  • Mode switch AM/FM/LSB/USB/CW
  • Dual watch
  • Key locking
  • SWR (Power Reading /SWR)
  • Preset emergency
  • TOT (Time Out Timer) adjustable
  • Front microphone plug
  • External loudspeaker jack
  • Back light colour selection : Orange/Green/Blue
  • Dimensions H x W x D (in mm) : 52 x 170 x 250
  • Weight : 1.4 kg

2 December 2018

ICOM 7610 Noise Blanker and Noise Reduction

Video:YouTube/OM0ET

A demonstration of the noise blanker and noise reduction features on the Icom 7610

President McKinley - UK Price Revealed?


There has been much speculation about the price of the upcoming President McKinley AM/FM/SSB radio. 

The US equivalent sells for around £150 but as we all know prices here in UK tend to be much higher, so I was interested to see who would be first to put a price to the EU version of the radio.

Skytwig CB and Amateur Radio are located in the North East of England and they are the first I've seen with a price for the McKinley. They have the radio on their website priced at £289.95

Link: CLICK HERE


Now as the radio is not yet available this price could go up or down so do not take this as a definite price. However it does give us an idea as to what we should expect. It's certainly not a cheap radio but if it performs as well as the US version it should be a great radio. I guess we shall find out in due course!




 


Baofeng UV-5RX3 Tri-band UHF/VHF Teardown!

Video:YouTube/MikesRadioRepair

What's inside your Baofeng?????

Take a look at this video and you'll see!

28 November 2018

NEW President Randy III Handheld CB Radio


So President end their 40th anniversary year announcing a new handheld CB Radio.... The President Randy III


- 40 channels AM / FM
- Up/down channel selector
- Volume adjustment and ON/OFF
- Manual squelch and ASC)
- Multi-functions LCD display
- Frequencies display
- S-meter
- ANL, NB, HI-CUT filters
- Scan
- F function key
- Beep Function
- Roger Beep
- Mode switch AM / FM
- Dual watch
- Tone
- CTCSS / DCS
- Key locking
- Preset channel programmable (EMG 1 & 2)
- Eco mode
- External microphone plug
- External loudspeaker jack
- Flashlight


An interesting way to end the year for sure, and a lovely looking radio, I could certainly be tempted myself.

I'm sure many will be disappointed that with 12 new radios announced there is only one SSB radio. I would certainly have liked to see at least one more SSB radio but I guess the President McKinley will just have to do....

Let's just hope they dont make a pigs ear of it like they did with the Lincoln 2.....!

 


27 November 2018

Something Special From President?


The coming days (possibly hours) will see the final announcement of the year from President Electronics.

President have been announcing new radios every month in this, their 40th anniversary year.

But the big question is..... Have they something special lined up for December?

With 10 AM/FM ONLY radios and only ONE SSB radio announced so far, have they kept the best until last?

Well, with the exception of the upcoming McKinley EU SSB Radio I think most of the CB radio community have been a little disappointed in the same old, same old, AM/FM radios which have been announced, so I really do hope they come up with something special this time!

Watch this space!

International Space Station School Contact 27/11/2018



A video from today's ISS contact with Ecole Primaire Jean Jaurès et Arnaud, Troyes, France.

The Space Station was at a very low angle here in the North East of England so I was pleasantly surprised that I managed to hear any signals!

Space Station Contact 27/11/2018



An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Ecole Primaire Jean Jaurès et Arnaud, Troyes, France on 27 November 2018.

The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:28  hours GMT/UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible across much of Southern & Central Europe on 145.800Mhz FM.

The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

25 November 2018

5% OFF @ Knights


Knights in the UK have recently updated their website and until 3rd December you can get 5% off your orders using code QUXPQ

Yaesu FT-DX101D/MP Leaflet


Yaesu have produced a new leaflet for the upcoming FT-DX101D/MP radio...

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Bishop Auckland Radio Rally 2018


A video from today's Bishop Auckland Radio Rally...

Picked up a few goodies myself this year including a 4m radio, some very bright LED torches and some coax.


23 November 2018

BLACK FRIDAY @ Moonraker


Loads of BLACK FRIDAY deals at Moonraker for you to look through....

Including:

CRT-2000 CB Radio for only £89.99



Moonraker HT-500D DMR Handheld only £150.00


Anytone AT-588 4M band mobile radio only £129.95



Yaesu MD-100A8X desk microphone only £99.95



You can see all their Black Friday deals here: LINK

22 November 2018

BLACK FRIDAY @ LAMCO


More black Friday deals, this time from LAMCO 


BLACK FRIDAY @ Waters & Stanton


More non-specific Black Friday deals, this time from Waters & Stanton...

BLACK FRIDAY @ Nevada


Black Friday comes to Nevada Radio with a promise of 'Deals on almost everything!'

It will be interesting to see what you are offered if you call them....


21 November 2018

BLACK FRIDAY Deals @ Thunderpole


The guys at Thunderpole have kicked off their Black Friday deals! 

Including:

CB radio starter pack for £99.99

K-PO DX5000 for £149.99

Sirio Gain Master H/W for £84.99

Also....

"Save 5% at our Black Friday Event
Simply enter the code black5 when placing an order"

Visit their website: https://www.thunderpole.co.uk

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!

Video:YouTube/fredintheshed1

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

Video:YouTube/V8CSW

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

25 October 2018

NEW President Ted - ANOTHER AM/FM Only Radio!



Adding to the ever growing long line of AM/FM only radios, President have announced the President TED ASC.

- 40 channels AM / FM
- Up/down channel selector
- Volume adjustment and ON/OFF
- Manual squelch and ASC
- Multi-functions LCD display
- S-meter
- ANL filter
- Vox function (Hands free)
- F function key
- Beep Function
- Roger Beep
- Mode switch AM / FM
- Preset emergency (EMG 1&2)
- Key locking
- Front microphone plug
- External loudspeaker jack



So only one more month of President's Anniversary year bonanza to go (!) and people are wondering if they have kept something/anything interesting until last? We can only hope as 11 months into the year we've had TEN AM/FM radios and only ONE SSB radio announced and most of the radios are still not available in the shops!

A year that promised so much but so far has delivered so little...…..