18 October 2018

Yaesu FTDX 101D - Hamfest Update Video

Video:YouTube/ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast

A look at the upcoming SDR radio from Yaesu... Rumoured price online is $3500 for the 100w version and $4800 for the 200w version, but I think it may be a bit more than that! We shall have to wait for an official announcement on price I guess!

17 October 2018

NEW Anytone AT-D578UV Dual Band DMR


Here we have the first photo of a new dual band DMR radio from ANYTONE, the AT-D578UV.

Not much information knocking about for this radio so keep an eye out for further details.


16 October 2018

14 October 2018

NEW 'M7' Callsign Heard


The first 'M7' amateur callsign has been heard in the North East of England. I was dubious having not heard anything about M7 callsigns being issued and the fact that the station in question has the callsign M7CON!!!!! 
Anyway it appears M7 callsigns are a thing and here is a short clip of Darren M7CON calling into the local GB2RS news roundup....



Well done for passing your exam Darren and for being the first M7 heard in the North East!

12 October 2018

Nevada Open Day 2018


The guys at Nevada in Portsmouth, UK, are having an open day on Sunday 18th November and they promise 'Hundreds of bargains' and a FREE burger and drink for every visitor!

Open Day 2018 @  Unit 1, Fitzherbert Spur, Portsmouth   PO61TT

Don't miss this great event !  Sunday 18th November  10:00 - 16:00

  • Hundreds of bargains on the day
  • Tour our Warehouse
  • Manufacturers displays
  • Many clearance lines
  • Live displays
  • Plenty of food and drink ! One Free Burger and drink for every visitor




6 October 2018

President Bill Hi-Power

Video:YouTube/Klaus R.


A quick video showing a modded President Bill with louder FM TX audio and increased output power of around 25 watts. Personally I think it's better just to use a small linear amplifier rather than put extra strain on the radio but it's still interesting to see what people can do with these little sets.


4 October 2018

Hamfest 2018 (M0XMX Video)



Video posted by Mike M0XMX of the UK Hamfest 2018 at Newark....

Galashiels Radio Rally 2007 (Remastered + Extended)



Another 'Blast From The Past' with a re-upload of my Galashiels Radio Rally video from 2007 now in much higher quality and with added extras!

2 October 2018

Wideband Interference to 70cm/UHF


Heard by many stations across Northumberland and Tyne & Wear(North East England), causes static noises on FM and 'musical tones' on AM. A very wideband signal of unknown origin. 

Can you identify this?????

Great Lumley Radio Rally 2007 (Remastered + Extended)



Remastered and Extended - Here's one of my earliest rally videos - now in much better quality and with added extras!

President Richard Display Animation + Photos

Somehow I can't imagine any Ham radio operators rushing out to buy one of these and I'm sure that any sales will actually go to the CB radio community but here are the hi-res 'Real' photos of the new President Richard along with an EXCLUSIVE animation of the display colours available on this radio:

(Click Images To Enlarge)








- Rotary switch channel selector
- Volume adjustment and ON/OFF
- RF Power
- Manual squelch and ASC
- Multi-functions LCD display
- Frequencies display
- S-meter
- Public Address
- ANL filter, NB and HI-CUT
- RF Gain / Mike gain
- Scan
- Talkback
- MENU function key
- Beep Function
- Roger Beep
- Mode switch AM/FM
- Tone
- VFO Mode
  (continuous scanning of 28.000 Mhz to 29.700 Mhz)
- Vox
- Echo
- Mic type electret / dynamic
- SWR (Power Reading /SWR)
- Preset emergency (EMG 1&2)
- TOT (Time Out Timer)
- Front microphone plug
- External loudspeaker jack
- USB 5V 2.1A

 Basically a President Walker II locked to 10m.....?


1 October 2018

CB Radio - The Tumbleweed Net at Pepperbox Hill - 26/09/2018



Video:YouTube/26CTX1837

Some more UK NET action, this time Stuart is using his T2LT and President Grant II on 'The Tumbleweed Net' - So called due to low activity levels over the summer, but as you can see it is far from quiet this time!

Blast From The Past - The Northumberland Net 02/08/2009


A recording of The Northumberland Net during the Sporadic E season in 2009. You will hear the lads in QSO with stations in Cornwall.

Stan, Arthur, Bob, Alfie, Mac, Ian and many more......!