17 September 2019

The Big Net 2019


AM QSO PARTY

News of an event to help promote the use of Amplitude Modulation on the Amateur Radio bands:

AM QSO PARTY 2020


Operating Event on the HF Amateur Bands Using The AM Mode.

Saturday 25th January 2020 - 06:00 UTC
until

Sunday 26th January - 12:00 UTC
Organised by the
AM Amateur Radio Europe Facebook Group





As we all know, AM is a very underused mode these days and it's great to see people promoting and encouraging it's use.


14 September 2019

26CTX2500 Activation

Video:YouTube/26CTX2500

Some more UK hilltop DX action from The North West Net including a contact with 68PD116 in Belfast, and the President Grant 2 is sounding great!

Fog On The Tyne Radio Rally 2019


A video from today's 'Fog On The Tyne Radio Rally'....

13 September 2019

Thunderpole T-3000 Review

Video:YouTube/RustySkull Productions

Here's Ben with the first review of the new Thunderpole T-3000 radio....




8 September 2019

The Big Net 2019 - It's Coming!











World Trade Center Special Event Station


Information via Facebook:


"The Wireless Association Of New York City will operate special event station WA2NYC September 6 to September 12, 0000Z-0300Z. Frequencies used will be on or near 28.450, 21.350, 14.3xx, 7.238 MHz +/- QRM.

This station will remember the 18th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. We remember the over twenty nine hundred people that lost their lives on that day. Confirmation QSL available for QSO/SWL via Wireless Association Of New York City, 233 Wolverine Street, Staten Island, NY 10306"

7 September 2019

Alzheimer's Charity Custom Build Radio


Truly heartwarming news from Chris 163DT307 via the Transmission1 Forum (Link) here in the UK who is raising money for charity with help from some of the UK's finest operators:



"Alzheimer's Charity Build........

Let me say I am just blown away from the behind the scenes conversations I have had today.....the idea I had was to donate this Madison, eBay it off to the highest bidder and give the money to the Alzheimer's charity. This is not going to be a normal build and is not my point to build an all singing and dancing Madison, it's to give a little time and effort and to do something that has never been done before and probably never will again. The radio is not about the mods the looks etc but whats gone into this radio that counts. The radio is going to be blessed with some of the best and the brightest and kindest people I can muster and some one will end up with a one of a kind custom radio worked on by the best.


Anyone that touches the radio will sign and date the face-plate.

So far and more to be added.....

DT307... donation of radio and costs of shipping the radio all around the UK several times and any costs involved for work (not asking anyone to do it for free ) and my signature Madison counter install.

Nick AKA BLACKSPIRIT.........signature UK pic chip install and setup the radio

MARC AKA MAD MARC .........PSU guru and will refurbish the PSU.

Rob .........PCB guy ...... will design and etch a custom multiplex filter board for counter.

Ted... graphics guy .........new graphic so all the controls say what they do and not what they used to... also to help me with some of the design.

Alan AKA MERLIN ......offered his assistance.

THE-SHACK......offered his assistance.

DAVE AKA CUBWOLF.........signature Hy-Gain V beep install

Dave M0OGY review guy....will review the finished radio and post on his YouTube channel and explain all about the radio who did what etc.

THIS IS GOING TO TAKE A WHILE TO DO THE ROUNDS!

But I am done with my part and she will be starting her travels in the next week.

Guys I am so thankful to all my fellow techs/radio friends, you guys are awesome and bottom line its for a good cause and proud of all of you for helping me with this."


The UK certainly has some of the finest, kindest and most helpful operators and this is a story we are sure to return to in the future so keep checking back for updates and also check out the Transmission1 forum. 


6 September 2019

50 Years of Nevada

Congratulations to Nevada Radio here in the UK, who celebrated 50 Years of business today!

31 August 2019

Icom IC-PW2 1KW Linear Amplifier Information


Here we have a link to the Icom IC-PW2 1KW linear amplifier pre-release information in PDF format:


Icom IC-705 Pre-Release Information


Here we have a link to download the official Icom IC-705 pre-release Information in PDF format:


Ham Fair Tokyo 2019 - YAESU Booth

Video:YouTube/JI1ETUjr


CB Radio Skip 26/08/2019 - President McKinley EU


Conditions have been really good here in the UK over the past week, so here's how it sounds on the President McKinley EU....

*NEW* Icom IC-705 HF/50MHz/144MHz/430MHz SDR



Video:YouTube/HamRadioConcepts

A video featuring the new 'Shack In A Box' IC-705 SDR radio from Icom, which was announced at the Tokyo Ham Fair this weekend.

The IC-705 is and RF direct sampling VHF, UHF, HF, D-Star all mode 10W QRP portable transceiver (when using external power supply).


Sample brochure:
(Click to enlarge)




(Images: Shared publicly on Facebook)


29 August 2019

President McKinley EU "HIDDEN RU MODE"


Some interesting news for President McKinley EU owners is that a simple key press routine appears to allow access to a 'hidden RU mode' even on radios which have not had the export mod done to them.

Switching the radio on with a key press routine puts the radio into RU mode, the radio will stay in RU mode until you repeat the key press routine which returns the radio to standard EU Multi-Norm configuration. 

When in this RU mode, pressing the MENU/CHANNEL SELECTOR will toggle between frequencies ending in 5's or 0's as shown below.





Here is a short video showing an unmodified President McKinley in RU mode....

President Martin @ Knights


Knights, here in the UK, are the first to announce they have the new President Martin available to order at a price of £129.50

LINK

- 40 channels AM / FM 
- 12 / 24 V
- Volume adjustment and ON/OFF
- Manual squelch and ASC
- Multi-functions LCD display
- S-meter
- ANL filter 
- Scan
- RF Gain
- VOX
- Key beep
- Roger beep
- F function key
- Mode switch AM / FM
- Preset emergency (EMG 1/2)
- TOT (Time out timer)
- Front microphone plug
- External loudspeaker jack
- USB 5V 2.1A


28 August 2019

Thunderpole T-3000 Export Info



A further update from Thunderpole and good news for UK operators is that if you decide to do the export mod on your shiny new Thunderpole T-3000 you will still have access to the UK band.

27 August 2019

Thunderpole T-3000 CB Radio Unboxing & First Look

Video:YouTube/RustySkull Productions

Here we have the first video of the new Thunderpole T-3000 CB Radio from RustySkull Productions. 

The T-3000 is the first of a new style of mini-radios, with a very small form factor, allowing for easy installation in modern vehicles. 



Something of interest on the screen is the H which may suggest a HIGH POWER mode.....!


The radio is available now on the Thunderpole website: CLICK HERE

23 August 2019

Thunderpole T-3000 In Stock Now


The new Thunderpole T-3000 CB radio is now in stock and can be bought direct from Thunderpole.

AM/FM multi-norm with 4 Watts output, the radio is priced at £99.99

22 August 2019

President Martin and President Taylor IV 'Next Week'


News from a dealer in France is that two new radios are winging their way to a retailer near you....

The President Taylor IV and President Martin were both announced last year and should finally be available to buy from next week.




They are AM/FM only, but are nice looking radios for sure. As always, price will decide how well they sell. No definite prices as yet but the Martin is believed to be around €150 with the Taylor IV expected to be around €230.



18 August 2019

Thunderpole T3000 Overview


Thunderpole have released more information about their upcoming radio the T3000 which takes CB radio in a new direction here in the UK. The radio has a unique design with a very small form factor but still manages a good sized display and plenty of features.

You can read more about this interesting radio here: LINK

There was a little confusion over the UK settings originally but Andy from Thunderpole has confirmed that you can switch between UKFM, EU AM and FM using the Mode/Band button. 

Also an interesting and useful feature - You can access the other multi-norm bands by simply pressing and holding the Mode/Band button without having to turn off the radio!  


14 August 2019

Thunderpole T3000 PRE-ORDER


As expected, Thunderpole are now accepting orders for their new T3000 CB radio.

Price is £99.99


Looks like an interesting radio which should do well.


(Click to enlarge)

UPDATED - Thunderpole have updated their information to show that the radio does have AM on the EU band when in UK configuration.

13 August 2019

Team FX-CB Mobile - Thunderpole T3000?

Video:YouTube/Todde Live

Here we have a video showing the Team FX-CB Radio which is expected to launch soon in the UK under the Thunderpole brand as the T3000. It is certainly something new and interesting. Here's hoping that it performs well and therefore should be a winner...


12 August 2019

XRS-330CP UHF CB Radio


A look at something interesting in the way of UHF CB radio as used in Australia and New Zealand:


The XRS-330CP Connect Portable Pack

Product Specifications:

GENERAL

Compliant Specification Meets AS/NZS 4365 for radio communications equipment in the UHF citizen and personal radio service.
Frequency Range TX 476.425-477.4125 MHz
Number of Channels 80
Channel Spacing 12.5 kHz
Operation Mode Simplex or half Duplex with repeater talk around.
Scanning Speed 25 ms per channel (40 channels per second)
Antenna Impedance 50 Ohms nominal
Nominal Battery Voltage 12 volts DC
Operating Voltage Range 10-16 volts DC
Battery Polarity Negative Earth
Standard Test Voltage 13.8 volts DC
Overvoltage Protection 30 volts DC max. At 18 volts DC the RF power is reduced, and the words ‘Hi DC’ flash.
Reverse Voltage Protection Diode Crowbar
Overcurrent Protection In-line 2 amp fuse
Operating Temperature -10°C to 60°C


TRANSMITTER

RF Output 5 watts
Spurious Emission < - 70 dBc
Frequency Erro r< ± 1.5 kHz
Modulation FM
Maximum Deviation < ± 2.5 kHz at + 20 dB limiting
Transmit Frequency Response +6 dB per octave 300 Hz to 3 kHz +1-3 dB
Demodulated Audio Signal to Noise > 45 dB unweighted
Current Consumption 1.5 amps with 50 Ohms termination


RECEIVER

Intermediate Frequencies 38.85 MHz, 450 kHz
Sensitivity - 122 dBm for 12 dB SINAD unweighted
Selectivity - 6 dB at + 3.5 kHz, ‑ 60 dB at ± 12.5 kHz
Intermodulation Immunity -72 dB
Blocking Immunity -98 dB
Spurious Response Immunity 70 dB
Audio Output Power 3 watts average into 4 Ohms
Audio Signal to Noise > 45 dB unweighted
Current consumption < 175 mA muted 750 mA Full volume
Conducted Spurious Emission < - 70 dBm


MECHANICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions 21 (H) x 100 (L) x 87 (D) mm
Weight 450 grams
Antenna SO239 panel socket
External Speaker 3.5 mm mono jack
Microphone Port 6 Way telephone style with rubber strain relief






Price: £300 (Equiv)

10 August 2019

CRT 2000 £89.50 at Knights


We've seen several price drops on CB radio equipment recently and the latest is from Knights who now have the CRT 2000 priced at £89.50

The North West Net 07/08/2019

Video:YouTube/26CTX2500

ALL the action from the North West Net this week - All 2 hours of it!!!!


9 August 2019

*NEW* Thunderpole Tease T3000 CB Radio


So today Thunderpole are teasing their new CB Radio, the T3000, which they say is "Like No Other"....


Well I think it's a lot like this one....


The Team FX CB Radio

Multi Norm AM/FM with 4 watts output power.

FEATURES
  • Multi channel device, just switch over at the border!
  • Power supply 12 or 24 volts DC (also in older trucks without converters)
  • large LC display with 7 possible color settings
  • Automatic or manually adjustable squelch
  • Key lock (Lock)
  • ANL interference suppression integrated
  • Channel-9/19 switch
  • Vox function for voice-controlled transmission internally / externally
  • Channel search ( scan )
  • Up / down buttons for channel selection
  • Squelch and volume control
  • Microphone with integrated channel selection buttons and Vox function
  • Connections for antenna, external speakers and microphone sets (Kenwood standard) available

Price of the Team radio is around €109 which is £101 at current exchange rates.




(Click images to enlarge)

If the Thunderpole T3000 turns out to be the same as this radio I think it's a great idea. It's certainly "Like No Other" radio seen in the UK. A small form factor is brilliant when trying to make space for a radio in modern cars so this one could be very popular. 


President McKinley EU £199.95 at Nevada



This weekend, whilst stocks last!!!

LINK

When the radio first became available it was £279.99

I said straight away that they needed to take at least £50 off the price and preferably reduce it to £199.99

Most people agreed with me but there were those who had a go at me, saying I didn't understand the costs involved and there was no way the radio could ever be sold that cheap....

Well the fact that the radio CAN be sold at £199 shows just how overpriced it was. I'm pretty sure that Nevada are still making a decent profit on this radio, they are certainly not selling it at a loss.

This is a brilliant offer and I salute Nevada for doing this. Hopefully this won't be a one-off and we'll see similar offers in the future.

This radio is worth every penny of £199..... It's a really nice radio.

If you've been thinking about getting one, DO IT NOW!!!

1 August 2019

NEW - Charlie Bravo DX Group Net


News from Michael about yet another new PMR and CB Radio Net taking place here in the UK:



Evening folks,

Just a little announcement, this Friday evening 2nd August we are launching a brand new net.

Please come and join us on the first (of hopefully many) Charlie Bravo DX Group net from 20:00-22:30.

We will kick things off on PMR from 20:00-20:30 on Channel 8 (446.09375 MHz) and then from 20:30-22:30 we shall be kicking off the SSB net on 27.375 MHz (Channel 37 Mids/Cept USB).

This will be a (hopefully) regular twice-monthly net which will be held on the first and third Friday of every month.

So if you're free on Friday night and fancy calling in we will be on high ground on the Sussex Downs awaiting your call!

Hope to catch you on the air

73'

26-CB-01 / CT-1074.

20 July 2019

Radioddity GD-77 Custom Firmware - OpenGD77


News from Roger Clark in Australia of a new custom firmware for the Radioddity GD-77 DMR Radio.

"I’m extremely pleased to announce that the open source firmware for the GD-77, being developed by Kai DG4KLU and myself, has now reached its first major milestone, and we’ve decided to call the firmware… OpenGD77"


In the past we have seen custom firmware on other radios and it normally adds many great features not originally envisaged by the manufacturers so fingers crossed we see some interesting ideas for the GD77. I might even dust mine off and charge it up again!!!!





More: CLICK HERE

14 July 2019

President McKinley EU Adjustments


Below we have the various adjustments on the new President McKinley EU radio..... 

PROVIDED FOR INFORMATION ONLY - FIDDLE WITH YOUR RADIO AT YOUR OWN RISK!

THE POTS ARE TINY, THEY ARE VERY EASY TO BREAK, YOU WILL INVALIDATE YOUR WARRANTY AND MAY TAKE THE RADIO OUTSIDE OF SPECIFICATION MAKING IT ILLEGAL TO USE!

I HAVE NOT MADE ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO MY RADIO THEREFORE I CANNOT GUARANTEE THE VALIDITY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED!

    (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

11 July 2019

Walliemania 2020


The Somerset Wallies are some of the most well known CB operators in the UK and they have planned a reunion which will take place on 29th-31st May 2020.


"Please be informed that Walliemania 2020 will take place at Camerton Community Hall, Meadgate Camerton Bath. Gate's open on Friday May 29th at 12 noon, and close on Sunday May 31st 2020 at 12 noon. Everyone who is coming with camper, tent, caravan, fee per night is £15. We have created a special e-mail address for all correspondence, information, booking: waliemania2020@gmail.com 

So let us know please via this mail address that you are interested or coming, so we can keep track. 

More information will follow as we go along . 

Block the dates in your agenda, and hopefully see you all there.

Best 73's & 51's - Al & Viv"



For more information please visit their Facebook page: HERE

8 July 2019

Apollo 11 Special CB Radio Activation


News from Stuart on Facebook about an upcoming special AM activation here in the UK....

"On the 20th July 1969 man first stepped onto the moon.

To mark this epic feet of science & engineering, some of the AMC crew will be out to honour their achievements with a special NET starting at 11pm on Ch11 - 27.085 AM.

We hope you can join us."

For more information check out their Facebook page: CLICK HERE

2 July 2019

NEW Charlie Tango Forum


The Charlie Tango Group have a new forum so why not join up and take a look?

This long-standing and popular DX group have decided to move to a new forum which has a nice clean and simple look to it making it much easier to navigate, especially on mobile devices.

You can find their new forum HERE

Please note that both new and existing Charlie Tango members will need to create a new account, your old log-in details won't work on their own. You can still use your old log-in details if you wish but must you must create a new account first.



28 June 2019

UK CB Radio Anniversary - 5 Years Of Legal AM and SSB


It's difficult to believe that FIVE YEARS have passed since the legalisation of AM and SSB here in the UK. Over that time regular nets have sprung up and are more popular than ever. 

Myself, I was out mobile at a local high point trying out the new President McKinley EU. I made 7 contacts on the SSB calling channel 27.275 USB, which is pretty good up here in the North East and I was able to hear many more stations calling but wasn't able to contact them due to only having 12 watts output on the McKinley.

I also called into the North East Net and spoke to several stations around Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Yorkshire.

Reports online seem to suggest that many hundreds of stations were active across the country. 

If you were one of them or if you've got an old CB radio tucked away in the cupboard, why not take part in the next big UK CB Radio event on 2nd November 2019 when we celebrate THIRTY EIGHT years of legal CB Radio! (Yes 38 years!)

25 June 2019

CB Radio Skip - President McKinley EU

5 Years Of Legal AM/SSB


Just a reminder that this Thursday the 27th of June 2019 is the 5th Anniversary of the legalisation of AM and SSB here in the UK.

To celebrate, stations right across the UK will be on the air from 18:00 hours BST on the mid-band (26.965 - 27.405). There will be organised nets in many parts of the country and stations are encouraged to use the UK calling channels when looking for contacts outside the organised nets:

AM Calling on channel 14 - 27.125
USB Calling on channel 27 - 27.275

(Please QSY off the calling channels once contact has been made)

So make sure you are on the air this Thursday as it will your best chance of making new contacts which will hopefully lead to more activity on the bands in the future. 

Later in the year on 2nd November 2019 we will also have a celebration for the 38th Anniversary of legal CB in the UK. One giant nationwide net will take place on channel 38 UKFM (27.97125)

President McKinley EU - Menu Settings

24 June 2019

President McKinley EU CB Radio Unboxing


Well I took the plunge and got myself a new President McKinley EU - After all, it does have SSB, and that's exactly what we like here in the UK!

Now, I've made no secret that I think the radio was overpriced at £279, and I felt a price point nearer £229 would be more reasonable so after a bit of digging around I found one at a price I was happy to pay. Delivery took 7 days, so it was on a slow boat from China (Or in this case Vietnam) but that's the trade off for a cheaper price. The price has started to fall since I ordered this radio and I've now seen it advertised on the Nevada website for £249

Watch out for more videos in the coming weeks but so far I'm happy with the radio. Audio is excellent on AM and SSB with FM audio being a little low (In common with most modern radios) but my trusty old Cobra Dynamike Plus soon sorted that out.

Output power is bang on 4 watts on AM/FM but again in common with several modern radios, the SSB output power appears to be a little low (Around 8 watts). Still most people will run their radios into an amplifier these days, so not a big problem.

More to come soon.....





Inside The President McKinley EU - First Photos


Here we have the first photos of the inside of the new President McKinley EU (You can click the images to enlarge them)

As you can see the radio is packed full of components and there are plenty of adjustment pots should the need arise.




And here is the President McKinley EU EXPORT MOD (Do at your own risk)