19 August 2018

NEW Alinco DJ-MD5 DMR Handheld


The latest addition to the ever growing crop of dual band DMR radios... 

Alinco DJ-MD5T VHF/UHF 5W DMR Dual Mode Tier I/II HT

Features:

  • DMR Tier I and Tier II
  • 1.77 inch TFT colour LCD
  • VFO/MR Switch
  • Output Power Selection (5W / 2.5W / 1W / 0.2W)
  • 4000 channel memory
  • SMS (Digital Mode)
  • Communication recording (Digital mode)
  • Individual / Group / All Call (Digital mode)
  • CTCSS / DCS / DTMF / 2Tone / 5Tone encode and decode (Analogue mode)
  • Selectable battery-save
  • 1700mAh Li-ion battery

Specifications:


  • Frequency Range: 136-174MHz / 400-480MHz
  • Channel Capacity: 4000ch
  • Channel Spacing: 25KHz (analogue) / 12.5KHz (digital/analogue)
  • Operating Voltage: DC 7.4V
  • Frequency Stability: +-2.5ppm
  • Weight: 256G (with battery pack and antenna)
  • Power Output: 5W / 2.5W / 1W / 0.2W
  • Modulation (Digital): 7K60FXD / 7K60FXE
  • Modulation (Analog): 16K0F3E / 11K0F3E

(As always.... Click Images To Enlarge)

Price: TBA (But seen on a US site for $169)
Release Date: Summer 2018 (!)

17 August 2018

French CB Radio Event 17th -19th August


Listen out on channel 27 (Mid Band) - 27.275 for a national CB event taking place in France this weekend. 

Google Translation from French to English: 

Hey. Friday 17 Saturday 18 21 pm Sunday 19 August 2018 10 pm National Channel 27.
Good qso. ;)
The great national qso of channel 27 (27,275 Mhz) of Friday night, Saturday night & Sunday morning is at the initiative of the various regions to promote local qsos. In FM, am or USB & lsb depending on who's remoteness with a possible qsy depending on the modulation that could be there. All of us, therefore, are making calls on this channel. In am, Blu or fm and this from 21 pm (for Fridays and Saturdays). And from 10 am to about 12 pm (for Sunday morning) ;)




I'm not sure about about having all modes on one calling frequency as this will no doubt cause a lot of interference but it's still worth a try I guess.....

15 August 2018

10m Band - UK to USA on 10 watts

Video:YouTube/AMATEUR & 11M RADIO TIM

Congratulations to Tim who shows that even at this low point in the solar cycle it is possible to make QRP contacts across the pond.... 

FCC Says NO to FM CB Radio and Increases Power Output on FRS


The FCC has published an update to it's Part 95 rules which mainly concern personal radio services such as the Family Radio Service (FRS), the US equivalent to the EU's PMR446, and the main headline is that FM (Frequency Modulation) will NOT be coming to the CB Radio service in the US.

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14 August 2018

Ailunce HD1 Firmware Update (August 2018)



Ailunce HD1 Software v1.98 and Firmware V1.53

1. Radio screen can display below 4 modes.
Display VFO-A | VFO-B
Display VFO-A | CH-B
Display CH-A | VFO-B
Display CH-A | CH-B

2. Add Mic Gain setting on the radio.

3. Add Mic gain internal value and internal protection

4. Add Talk permit tone, Channel free tone, Repeater connect tone, repeater fails tone.

5. Add permit tone select on-off for analogue and digital

6. Repeater tone is free from beep restrictions.

7. Set the GPS report contacts on the radio.

8. Show TS1 or TS2 on the radio main screen.

9. Add “No RX Info when operating Menu”, Radio can check if you are in the menu to judge display the RX info or not.

10. Add functions for Side key setting
Zone Plus
Zone Minus
DMR Slot
Promiscuous
Manual Dial
Ch-Mode.

11.Improve the squelch function

12. Address when setting the CTCSS, after the first time receives, there will no audio when a signal is coming, unless you press PTT again.

13. An issued problem when a Channel Alias in only imported if it’s numbers. If it is text then the imported field is just blank.

14. The new software and firmware are more stable with a connection to the computer.


Software/Firmware can be downloaded from http://www.retevis.com/hd1-resources/

6 August 2018

Baofeng UV-5R Radios Illegal? The Real Story

Video:YouTube/KB9VBR Antennas

With the FCC in the US recently causing a bit of a stir by effectively banning the Baofeng UV-5R from sale, Micheal Martens of KB9VBR Antennas takes a closer look as to what this means for the radio and those operators who use the radio in the US....


3 August 2018

Satcom Scan 40F CB Radio


A 'blast from the past' with a look at my Satcom Scan 40F CB Radio, bought way back in 1987 for the sum of £165, seen here receiving some skip today.

Boasting 40 channels on the mid-band, FM ONLY!

It's actually a really nice radio with features that were way ahead of it's time... SQUELCH FIX, SCAN, SEL-CALL, MIC COMPRESSOR etc. 

I spent many a happy hour chatting on this one I can tell you.

2 August 2018

Baofeng BANNED?



Documents which have appeared on the FCC website appear to suggest that sales of the popular budget handheld radio, the Baofeng UV-5R may be BANNED in the US.... at least in relation to one supplier.....


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Apparently the FCC have taken the view that the radios do not conform to the relevant rules and  regulations due to the fact that they can transmit on 'restricted frequencies'.




The radios will apparently not be allowed for sale by the company in question until they have been modified to comply with the relevant rules.




In the world of CB radio it is known that the FCC takes a firm stance when it comes to the sale and marketing of radios which can transmit out of the allowed bands. It is unclear as to how this will affect other suppliers at this time as the ruling appears to be as much about the way the radios are marketed as the actual operation of the radios themselves.

Might be a good time to stock up on these little radios if you haven't got some already!

Link to full document: CLICK HERE


1 August 2018

29 July 2018

Chippenham Radio Rally 29/07/2018

Video:YouTube/rigsearch

A short video from today's Chippenham Radio Rally....

24 July 2018

NEW - President McKinley EU


So the long awaited and much rumoured President McKinley EU has officially been announced by President.

Just as we all thought that President had forgotten how to make SSB radios this little beauty comes along... 

First talked about on the blog in December 2016 (LINK) many thought this day would never come. 

21 July 2018

BTECH DMR-6X2 - Unboxing



Video:YouTube/ecolive



Unboxing video for the new BTECH DMR-6X2...




17 July 2018

Southern And South East PMR Net (UK)



Information from Michael on Facebook regarding the weekly PMR Net in Southern UK....


The net is chaired by Mr Ray (CT2290) every Monday evening from 20:00 onwards. Located around East & West Sussex, we do get stations call in from all over the south, from London & Kent all the way down to Hampshire & Berkshire. Further, if conditions allow!
So if you're free on a Monday evening and would like test out your PMR radio or maybe a new antenna build then please do give a shout in.
We are a friendly bunch and we do give people a chance to work everyone.

Channel 8 PMR - 446.09375mhz
Monday Nights - 20:00 - 22:00 UK Time (and later if needed)

See you there!


-CT1074.




This PMR Net has been running for quite some time and has proved very popular so why not listen in and see if you can hear anyone?


AND don't forget the upcoming PMR DX Weekend in August....


13 July 2018

President Bill Comes to the USA/Canada


News from the President Electronics USA Facebook page is that the President Bill will be available in the USA and Canada from the end of August this year. 

They'll have to lock out the multi-norm channels and the FM mode of course, leaving it as a standard 40 channel AM radio....... 😁

12 July 2018

President Bill - Videos


A couple of short videos showing the President Bill CB radio in action....





Video:YouTube/ARTERO Statii Radio CB

The President Bill is available now, priced at around £90-£100 in the UK.

  • 40 channels AM / FM
  • 12 V
  • USB 5V / 2.1A
  • Up/down channel selector
  • Volume adjustment and ON/OFF
  • Manual squelch and ASC
  • Multi-functions LCD display
  • S-meter
  • ANL filter, NB, HI-CUT 
  • Beep Function
  • Roger Beep
  • TOT (Time out timer)
  • Front microphone plug
  • Microphone Electret or Dynamic
  • External speaker jack


11 July 2018

President Bill + CRT XENON @ Knights Soon


The image says it all really, Knights are expecting the President Bill soon! Priced at £89.50

Mind you, Thursday is the 12th.....

UPDATE:


Also expected in the next few days is the CRT XENON priced at £65

9 July 2018

CRT Xenon Available NOW

CRT have announced that their Xenon CB radio is now available and should be with dealers in the next few days. Priced at €75 (£66 at current euro/pound rate) you certainly get plenty for your money....




3 July 2018

Real or Fake - Nagoya NA-771

Video:YouTube/Mike 26CT1074

One of the most popular replacement antennas for you little handy is the Nagoya NA-771 but there are lots of fakes out there so here's some information as to how to tell which is real and which is fake....

30 June 2018

CB Radio - The North East Net 27th June 2018


Audio from The North East Net on 27th June 2018, chaired by 'Ozzy' 26LR006 located at Danby Head in North Yorkshire which is about 62 miles from where I was parked up in Mid-Northumberland.

Thanks to these stations who took the time for a chat with myself when I called into the net:

26LR006 Ozzy
26TM593 Chris
26BT30 Paul
26JB259 Jason
26NC01 Nigel
26PG018 Paul
26CT2608 Andy
26TM511 Gerry

YAWN! - Another AM/FM Radio From President - Truman II


Hardly worth a mention to be honest... It's beginning to feel like Groundhog Day when it comes to President and their 'amazing 12 months of super duper radio stuff' with YET ANOTHER AM/FM ONLY radio being announced for July!

It's the President Truman II, with specifications that you could copy and paste from many of the other radios President have announced so far this year.



40 channels AM / FM - (Multi-EU)

Manual squelch and ASC

Seven Display Colours

Public Address

ANL/NB

Key beep

Roger beep

SWR readout

Emergency (EMG 1 & 2)

Key lock


Let's recap:

So far this year....

JAN - President Ronald - AM/FM
FEB - President Bill - AM/FM
MAR - President Richard - AM/FM
APR - President Jimmy III - AM/FM
MAY - President Walker II - AM/FM
JUN - President Taylor IV - AM/FM
JUL - President Truman II - AM/FM

It's almost 'How many times can we get away with releasing the same radio in a different case?'

I truly applaud Presidents commitment to the hobby but come on, give us something that really is new and exciting with features people actually want!!!!!



27 June 2018

The Big Net - Tonight's The Night!



Celebrating 4 years of LEGAL AM and SSB here in the UK, stations up and down the country will be taking the air so get your ears on good buddies!



PLEASE NOTE: There is another event taking place tonight but due to the threat of legal action from the event organiser I am unable to mention it.........

26 June 2018

World CB Radio Allocations


I've had requests to publish my World CB Allocation list here on the blog which I previously featured on my "Delboy Enterprises" website, so here it is.

CLICK TO ENLARGE the image, right click to save it!


ISS Amateur Radio Transmissions Causing Interference?


It would appear that Amateur Radio transmissions from the ISS are causing interference on the 2m calling channel... I've been getting these transmissions for the past few days and the timing matches the orbit of the ISS. Can anyone shed any light on this problem?


Baofeng BF-T1 Long Range Test

Video:YouTube/Mike 26CT1074

PMR446 is a fantastic band and some amazing contacts can be made with standard radios, in this case a Baofeng BF-T1 (which has a little extra power) is used to make a 40+ km contact.

25 June 2018

FT8, The New Ham Propagation Beacons?

Video:YouTube/HamRadioConcepts

Hearing musical tones on the bands... This is why!

Nato 2000 Bicycle Mobile

Video:YouTube/2j4ez

Delta Romeo Dx Group Net 24/06/18




Videos:YouTube/Solar earthling

Here we have a couple of videos from the Delta Romeo DX Net on 24th June 2018.

I must say that the Yaesu FT-981 makes a cracking CB radio!!!!!


21 June 2018

NEW BTECH DMR-6X2


BTECH have announced a new DMR handheld radio, the DMR-6X2.

DMR-6X2 Information: Dual Band VHF (136-174MHz) & UHF (400-480MHz)

The DMR-6X2 uses a loud 1 watt speaker; with adjustable volume options (customisable in software) to set your preferences to accommodate both indoor and outdoor users.

The DMR-6X2 case is durable for the most extreme elements. The DMR-6X2 is rated IP54 for water and dust resistance.

The DMR-6X2 is firmware upgradeable with the free software and firmware update tools from BTECH.

DMR-6X2 Battery Life, Weights, and Dimensions

The DMR-6X2 can last for up to 35 hours on a single charge using the 3100mAh battery, and up to 18.5 hours on a single charge using the included 2100mAh battery.

The DMR-6X2 is: 5" tall (10.5" with included antenna), 2" wide, and 1.5" deep (2" with belt clip).
 

19 June 2018

International Space Station School Contact 19/06/2018 (Yaesu FT-991)


Not the most successful contacts as the ISS appears to be having problems receiving the school, located in Serbia, but still great to hear the ISS on the air!

18 June 2018

Upcoming Space Station Contact 19/06/2018



An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Ricky Arnold KE5DAU with Tehnicka Skola Zajecar, Zajecar, Serbia.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 14:20 UTC/15:20 BST

The downlink signals will be audible in many parts of Europe on 145.800Mhz FM


14 June 2018

Blast From The Past - Stan And Simon 26/05/2008


Found on an old hard drive, here we have Stan, 26AC08, and Simon The Wizard chatting on The Northumberland Net channel (38UKFM) way back in 2008.... Sadly Stan is no longer with us but I'd like to think that wherever he may be he's still blowing smoke on the old chicken box!

12 June 2018

27th June - CB Radio's Biggest Night of the Year!


The 27th June 2018 is looking like it could be the biggest UK CB Radio event of the year with not one but TWO events celebrating 4 years of legal AM and SSB.

Firstly we have "The Big Net", a long established event which can trace its roots back to 2006 when we celebrated 25 years of legal FM CB Radio here in the UK. This years event will celebrate 4 years of legal AM and SSB and is the fifth multimode event to have taken place on 27th June each year. 


Calling will take place on the UK calling channels:

AM calling on channel 14 EU (27.125Mhz)
SSB calling on channel 27 EU (27.275Mhz USB)

Once contacts are made please remember to QSY so that the calling channels are clear for other stations.

You can post your intentions (Times/frequencies/locations etc) on The Big Net Facebook Page - CLICK HERE

Stations are welcome to join in from all over the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Europe and beyond!

PLEASE NOTE: There is another event taking place but due to the threat of legal action from the event organiser I am unable to mention it.........


So all in all this promises to be a great night for UK CB Radio so make sure you get your radios tuned to the Mid Band, give out a call on channel 14 AM or channel 27 USB or flick through the channels to see if you can hear any of the regular midweek nets. 

This really is the best chance you will get to make some amazing contacts around the UK.


AND THERE'S MORE......

Later in the year we have two more big UK radio events. 

The PMR446 DX WEEKEND.....


Yes it's time to take to the hills or the highest point you can find and give out a call on your PMR446 radio! Many people think that these little walkie talkies are just for very short range communication but from a decent (high) location you will be amazed how far you can get. Contacts of up to 100 miles are commonplace and throw in a bit of (rare) Tropospheric Ducting and international contacts are also possible.

This years event is takes place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August 2018.


The Big Net (November) 2018.....

Yes more action from "The Big Net". Celebrating 37 years of legal UK CB Radio.


Taking place on 2nd November 2018 the main net will be on channel 37 UKFM (27.96125Mhz) with additional USB calling on channel 27 EU (27.275)Mhz and AM calling on channel 14 EU (27.125Mhz). 


So we have a fun packed year ahead of us and don't forgot all the regular nets which take place around the UK on a Daily/Weekly basis. 

Here is the latest list:


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10 June 2018

HB9HA Repeater 10th June 2018


Some decent conditions on 10m FM this evening. This video shows how the HB9HA repeater was coming into the North East of England. You will hear G0PXG, M0TEA and EA4BU.

9 June 2018

CB Radio - 789 Mile QSO On A Midland Portapak

Video:YouTube/26CTX1837

Cracking contact video sent to me from Stuart who spoke to Roy in Corsica using his Midland Portapak...

4 June 2018

CB Radio Skip 4th May 2018


Including the Channel 35 Gang from London.....

Great to speak to you guys!!!!

Why not check out their Facebook page: CLICK HERE

NEW TTI CB Radio Range


TTI have released their new catalogue which features an updated range of CB Radios....

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Radio comparison chart:


3 June 2018

2m SSB Net Scotland 03/06/2018

Video:YouTube/The Hoppy Hippie

Great to hear some 2m band SSB activity. I have tried to get the locals around me onto 2m SSB but there has been little interest so good on the guys in Scotland for making it a success.


2 June 2018

PMR446 DX Weekend 2018


Heads up for yet another radio event here in the UK this year....

The PMR446 DX Weekend will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August 2018 across the UK and beyond. So why not take to the hills (or the highest point you can get to) and see just how far you can get on this remarkable band?

Calling will take place on Channel 8 (446.09375) then QSY to another channel please (We have 16 now!)

More information and a place to post your location/times of operation can be found on the PMR446 DX Weekdn Facebook Page - CLICK HERE

NEW Yaesu FT-4X / FT-4V



Yaesu now appears to have finally entered the low price end of the handheld market (currently occupied firmly by the likes of Baofeng) and has introduced the FT4X priced at around £60-£65.


Yaesu FT 4XE Features:

• VHF/UHF Dual Band FM Handheld Transceiver
• Ultimate Compact Design, Measuring W 52 x H 90 x D 30
• One Watt of Powerful and Clear Audio Output from the 36 mm Front Speaker
• 5 Watts of Reliable RF Power within a Compact body
• Three Selectable TX Power settings (5 W (High)/2.5 W (Middle)/0.5 W (Low))
Over 15 hours Operating time with Supplied 1,750 mAh Li-ion Battery pack *1
• 3.5-Hour Rapid Charger (SBH-22) Included (Using SBR-28LI)
• QRK (Quick Recall Key): Two User Programmable Keys for Quick Access to Favourite Functions
• One-touch Alarm and Quick HOME Channel Access for Emergency Signalling
• VFO Scan, Memory Scan, Programmable memory scan (PMS), Memory bank scan, and Dual receive
• Large-capacity 200 memory channels
• 3 home channels and 10 pairs of PMS memory channels
• Selectable Frequency Steps (5/10/12.5/15/20/25/50/100 kHz)
• Split Memory (Two different frequencies (TX/RX)
• WX Channels with “Severe Weather” Alert
• VOX Operation with Optional VOX Earpiece Microphone (SSM-512B)
• PC Programmable with Optional Programming Cable (SCU-35)
• Transceiver-to-Transceiver Cloning with Optional Cloning Cable (SCU-36)
• FM Broadcast Receiver Equipped
• ARTS (Automatic Range Transponder System)
• DTMF Operation
• CTCSS/DCS Operation
• Busy Channel Lock-Out (BCLO)
• Battery Saver Function
• Automatic Power-Off (APO) Feature
• Transmitter Time-Out-Timer (TOT)



Frequency Ranges: RX 136 – 174 MHz
400 – 480 MHz
FM Broadcast 65 – 108 MHz
TX 144 – 146 MHz
430 – 440 MHz
Circuit Type: Direct-Conversion
Modulation Type: F2D, F3E, F2A
RF Power Output: 5 W/2.5 W/0.5 W
AF Audio Output: 1 W (Max power)
Case Size (W x H x D): 52 x 90 x 30 mm without Knob
Weight (Approx.): 250 g with SBR-28LI and Antenna



For slightly less cash (around £50) you can also get the single band FT-4V which is basically the same radio but only operating on VHF.

The radios can be bought in the UK from the likes of LAMCO - Website Link HERE

31 May 2018

Portable CB Radio Activation Pilot Hill

Video:YouTube/26CT1994

CB Radio Portable Activation from Pilot Hill in Hampshire (UK)....

30 May 2018

NEW - President Taylor IV



So yet another NEW radio from President, this time it's the President Taylor IV:



40 channels AM / FM - Multi Norm

Manual squelch and ASC

LCD display

Talkback

Frequencies display

S/RF meter

ANL / NB / HI-CUT filters

Scan

Public Address

USB 5V 2.1A

VOX

Roger beep

SWR



I KNOW - YET ANOTHER AM/FM Radio.... Where are the SSB radios President?????

Without SSB there will be little interest here in the UK that's for sure!