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


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


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:
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(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


- 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
- 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 €180.

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.

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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:


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


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


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


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


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.

  • 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!!!


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


26-CB-01 / CT-1074.