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....

(Click images to enlarge)

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).


16 channel PMR446
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!


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...........


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


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


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!


What's inside your Baofeng?????

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