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Emergency Grid Down Communications Winter Edition

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 07:17

“Hello Operators

Extreme weather and grid down disasters seem to be happening more often, and with greater intensity. More often than not, when we organize off grid emergency communications training with our portable radio gear, it usually takes place in fair weather conditions. What about training for a winter snow storms, the aftermath of a hurricane or tornado..?
Training in fair weather is an easy way to become overconfident about our actual level of communications preparedness.

Enter the Winter Field Day Association.

Each year the Winter Field Day Association puts on a Ham Radio event called “Winter Field Day”. The event is designed to motivate amateur radio operators to get out in the field, in conditions which are less than ideal.

This video is my take on how we can use Winter Field day, to develop or enhance our communications skills, in conditions most operators shy away from.

73

julian oh8stn”

 
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New Technical Requirements in Bulgaria

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:55

Today, January 18th, New Technical Requirements has been published from Bulgarian Ministry of Communication.

 Thanks to the great commitment of BFRA now Bulgarian Amateurs have obtained some important changes :

 – Removed the age limit for the acquisition of Class 2 license (VHF and UHF with a power of not more than 5 watts, and HF from a club radio station).

 – Established 14 years old as age limit to obtain Class A license (All bands with full legal power)

 – Removed the mandatory 6-month period between the Class 2 and Class 1 exams.

 – Significant increase in the power allowed in most bands : Max output power is now 1000 Watt (in stationary mode) and 1500 Watt allowed when participating in international contests.

 And other minor changes.

Source:IARU

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Es’hail-2 live ! TRANSPONDER TESTS

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 06:05

Es’hail 2 was launched last November and it is the first geostationary satellite to contain an amateur radio transponder. The satellite is positioned at 25.5°E which is over Africa. It’s reception footprint covers Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, eastern Brazil and the west half of Russia/Asia.

 

 

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DX Engineering – RXSHARE Audio Switch DXE-RXSHARE

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:55

Audio Switch, Control Box, Independent Selection of Audio from One or Two Transceivers to Two Headphones, Passive Device, Each

DX Engineering RXSHARE Audio Switch

Multi-operator contesting is challenging, especially when a pair of operators are unable to hear what the other operator is hearing. DX Engineering presents an elegant but simple solution with the “R X SHARE” – a flexible audio switching device that allows two operators to hear exactly what they want to hear, whenever they want to hear it. Audio from two separate radios or one shared radio can be controlled by either operator’s three-position rocker switch to select the specific audio they want fed to their stereo headphones. With the RXSHARE placed between each operator, these selections can be changed independently by each operator quickly and easily, at will and on the fly, with the light-touch rocker switches. The RXSHARE has been extensively tested and used in competition by experienced, world-class contesters.

Multi-operator contesting in the “Multi-Two” or “Multi-Single” category often involves simultaneous use of separate radios on a single band or on two different bands. The “run” operator calls CQ and makes a constant string of contacts on one frequency. Meanwhile, the second operator searches for new stations. Limited to transmitting only one signal at a time, the ops take turns as soon as a new contact becomes available. Using the RXSHARE in the SEPARATE RADIOS mode, each operator may choose to listen to the Radio 1 audio or the Radio 2 audio in both ears. Or, at any time either operator can listen to the audio from one radio in each ear, allowing better coordination and fewer interruptions. This translates to a higher QSO rate, higher scores and less operator fatigue!

A single-operator using two radios in “SO2R – Single-Op, 2 Radios” mode has similar needs. The operator may want to focus on just one of the radios, listening to the same audio in both ears. Or the operator can hear the audio from each radio in one ear, allowing simultaneous CQ-ing and tuning for new contacts. Advanced operators can even manage two pileups at once on different bands! Doing these things effectively requires the easy, intuitive audio control provided by the RXSHARE.

When one radio is shared by two operators, common during Field Day or training activities, the RXSHARE is placed in the SHARED RADIO mode. Both operators can share the receive audio or audio from a sub-receiver, if available, can be selected by either operator.  The RXSHARE provides a convenient way of splitting the audio output of a single radio.

In a contest situation, using a transceiver equipped to split the audio feed from the MAIN and SUB receivers to the left and right headphone channels, each operator can choose to listen to either the MAIN receiver or the SUB receiver in both ears, or to hear the MAIN in one ear and the SUB in the other ear. One operator will be able to hear when a new station is ready to be worked, or when the other operator is going to work them.

Using the DXE-RXSHARE provides complete control of the radio audio feed to two separate stereo headphones. Audio from typical radio headphone jacks to the DXE-RXSHARE input phone jacks are quickly and easily connected with user supplied patch cables with 1/4 inch (6.35mm) stereo phone plugs at each end. The unit features two sets of stereo headphone outputs including 1/4 inch (6.35mm) and 1/8 inch (3.5mm) stereo jacks to accommodate headphones or headsets with either type of plug – you’ll never hunt for an adaptor again! Audio levels are controlled by the transceiver AF Gain controls.

The DXE-RXSHARE is built into a heavy steel and stainless steel chassis with four large rubber feet, so it will not slide around the desk when the switches are operated. The switch panel is clearly marked for every configuration and operating scenario. Each audio channel is transformer-isolated to prevent ground-coupled crosstalk or RFI. The transformers handle a full 1 watt of audio with configurable impedance levels for clean, non-distorted audio at any volume.

DXE-RXSHARE Audio Switch – Features and Specifications:

– Quick connections from radios to RXSHARE via 1/4 in. stereo audio input (patch cables required depend on transceiver headphone jacks and cable length desired)

– Four stereo headphone output connections available – two of each size for each operator- 1/4 inch (6.35mm) and 1/8 inch (3.5mm) – extra headphone outputs may be used for recording purposes

– Center rocker switch to quickly choose the RXSHARE mode, SEPARATE RADIOS or SHARED RADIO

– Two separate and silent rocker switches at ideal height to make independent operator audio selections

– Both operators may select audio from Radio 1, Radio 2 or both in SEPARATE RADIOS mode

– Both operators can select audio from MAIN or SUB or both in SHARED RADIO mode that supplies MAIN and SUB receiver audio separately to headphone L and R

– Unit stays in place on desk during use – Large, heavy stainless and powder coated steel chassis weighs 3.75 lbs. and measures 10.50 x 2.50 x 3.25 in. (WHD)

– Stud and wing nut (#10) on rear stainless steel panel for station grounding

– All connections on rear panel for proper cable management and a clear operating desk

– Passive audio device requires no DC power

– Internal jumpers allow audio impedance selection for different radio and headphone combinations

DX Engineering brings innovation and convenience to contest stations, club operations and multi-radio ham shacks. The DXE-RXSHARE Audio Switch is ready to supply just the right audio for your operations.

$179.99

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“Life Above 50 MHz” [ ARRL PODCAST ]

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:24



“Life Above 50 MHz” is the topic of the new (January 17) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen…and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also email your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for “ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.

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Museum Spotlights Mics and More

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 06:50

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Ham Radio Deluxe 6.5.0.183 Released

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 06:19
Ham Radio Deluxe

“The 6.5.0.183 version of Ham Radio Deluxe is now available for download. Please download it from the Download pages on our website at:

www.HamRadioDeluxe.com

Ham Radio Deluxe version 6.5.0.183 is a significant release of Ham Radio Deluxe. This release migrates the code to the latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio – 2017. This ensures ongoing stability and support-ability of Ham Radio Deluxe. This release includes a rewrite for rig control functions for the Yaesu FTDX-3000 and FT-991/A radios. It is now possible to program and manage keyer memories in Yaesu radios. Improvements were made to the callsign lookup function. The callsign lookup test function was improved ahead of a significant rewrite we are planning for later this year. A problem with the solar progression graph that was caused by the relocation of NOAA files has been fixed. Problems reported regarding QRZ.com log upload are fixed. At the time of this writing, there were 87 changes included in this release.

As mentioned in the past, it is our policy that we do not release updates between 1-November and 1-January. For the past 60 days, many people have been working very hard to get this release published. We would like to thank our developers, beta testers, and the HRD Software staff for their hard work.

The full release notes can be found here:

http://ReleaseNotes.HamRadioDeluxe.com

This year we are working on significant feature updates. This includes a panadapter display for ICOM radios and a competitive contest feature.

We intend to continue our progress to eliminate items from our development backlog. We purchased many different rotors and satellite gear last year and we expect to have updates to these modules out early this year as well. Again this year, there should be at least 9 releases.

Ham Radio Deluxe grew by 29% during 2018. We’re grateful for all our new valued clients.

IMPORTANT: All those who have purchased Ham Radio Deluxe at any time in the past should download and install this version in order to benefit from all bug fixes. You are entitled to them. Our clients who are covered by an active Software Maintenance and Support period are entitled to Feature Enhancements.

Most common questions about owning Ham Radio Deluxe can be found in the newsletter and blog article posted on 22-DEC-2018.

Please watch these newsletters for updates. Pass these updates along to your friends.

Newsletters will also be posted on our website’s blog at:

https://www.HamRadioDeluxe.com/blog

The HRD Software team will be at Hamcation on February 8-10. We hope to see you there!

Thank you es 73 de Mike, WA9PIE
HRD Software, LLC

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Uniden SDS200 – Analog & Digital [ VIDEO ]

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:12

Overview

Introducing the SDS200, Uniden’s latest and most advanced base/mobile digital trunking scanner.

The SDS200 incorporates the latest True I/Q receiver technology, which provides the best digital decode performance in the industry, even in challenging receive environments.

The SDS200’s other major features includes:

  • 3.5″ Customizable Color Display
  • 1.5X Din-E (300 mm x 75 mm) chassis
  • Ext. Sp. Jack
  • Auxiliary USB Type A jack for future expansion
  • Ethernet connectivity for remote streaming and control*
  • Trunktracker X
    • APCO P25 Phase I and II
    • Motorola, EDACS, and LTR Trunking
    • MotoTRBO Capacity + and Connect +**
    • DMR Tier III**
    • Hytera XPT**
    • Single-Channel DMR**
    • NXDN 4800 and 9600**
    • EDACS ProVoice**
  • Location-Based Scanning
  • USA/Canada Radio Database
  • ZIP Code Selection for Easy Setup
  • GPS Connectivity for simple mobile operation
  • Close Call RF Capture with Do Not Disturb
  • 8 GB micro SD
  • Soft Keys for Intelligent UI
  • Recording, Playback, and Replay
  • Temporary Avoid
  • Fire Tone-Out Alert
  • System Analysis and Discovery
  • CTCSS/DCS/NAC/RAN/Color Code Decoding
  • S.A.M.E. Weather Alert
  • Enhanced Dynamic Memory
  • Preemptive Trunking Priority
  • Multi-Site System Scanning
  • Fully Customizable Scanning with your own Favorites Lists
  • Backlit Keypad
  • Channel Volume Offset
  • PC Programming and Control
  • USB Connectivity
  • Weekly Database Updates
  • Free Sentinel Software keeps the SDS200 database and memory up to date
  • Frequency Coverage:
      • 25-512 MHz
      • 758-824 MHz
      • 849-869 MHz
      • 895-960 MHz
      • 1240-1300 MHz
  •  * Additional or 3rd-Party software may be required.

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December YOTA Month Activity Records More Than 80,000 Contacts

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:31

More than 80,000 contacts went into logs at YOTA suffix stations and others participating in December Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Month, with most operations in International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1). The final tally included 46,989 on SSB, another 28,064 on CW, some 3,814 on FT8, and the rest on various other modes.

“This year, as many as 44 participating stations made 82,938 QSOs in December, proving once again that neither the weather nor the holidays can keep a radio amateur away from the station,” Gergana Ruseva, LZ1ZYL, said in the 2018 YOTA Month report.

Ruseva said YOTA was happy to bring young radio amateurs together by hosting this event, which “inspires them to be more active on the bands and shows them there are many people listening on the other side.”

The most active station during YOTA Month 2018 was II5YOTA in Italy, which logged 8,387 contacts. The preferred bands turned out to be 40 and 20 meters, with more than 30,000 contacts logged from YOTA Month participants on each band. Complete statistics are on the YOTA website.

YOTA also has announced that the YOTA Youth Sked will start up again in 2019. The on-the-air event will take place every fourth Thursday from 1900 to 2200 UTC, with a different group of youngsters acting as net control. The YOTA Youth Sked will convene on or about 7.175 MHz, shifting later to 3.675 MHz. 

Source:ARRL

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Retevis RT84 Dual Band DMR Handheld Review

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:54

“A new dual band DMR HT is on the market from Retevis, with a model number of RT84. In this video, we try to load an RT82 codeplug into the radio, I show you the size comparison to the RT82, and we go through the menu of the radio. Some features of this radio match other DMR HTs and some features are different, so I hope you enjoy this short video.”

RT84 Dual Band DMR Digital/Analog walkie talkie

Output Power:5W
U/V136-174MHZ/400-480MHZ
3000Channels
250 Group and each group can have 32 contact member
2000mAh Battry

 

Retevis RT84 dual band FM and DMR hand hand-held transceiver features:

  1. Large color screen to display almost all the information you need to know;
  2. The keyboard layout is reasonable and the buttons have a good tactile feel;
  3. You can input the frequency directly;
  4. SMS function and receive memory to record the call log and message log;
  5. Digital encryption to encrypt your voice and make your conversation more safer;
  6. Alarm which is good for travel or emergency;
  7. The most important is it can easily get into the repeater and the firmware and software update is lifetime free.

Retevis RT84 dual band FM and DMR hand hand-held transceiver features:

  1. Large color screen to display almost all the information you need to know;
  2. The keyboard layout is reasonable and the buttons have a good tactile feel;
  3. You can input the frequency directly;
  4. SMS function and receive memory to record the call log and message log;
  5. Digital encryption to encrypt your voice and make your conversation more safer;
  6. Alarm which is good for travel or emergency;
  7. The most important is it can easily get into the repeater and the firmware and software update is lifetime free.

Main technological specification

Frequency range

VHF:136-174MHz

Memory Channel

Up to 3000

UHF:400-480MHz

Operating Voltage

7.4V DC

Frequency Stability

±1.0ppm

Operating Temperature

-30℃~+60℃

Demission(HxWxD)

133*62*36mm
(No including the antenna)

Weight

About 300g(Include in battery and antenna)

Transmission

Output power

High:5W Low:1W

Consumption

≤0.18A

Output Consumption

Analog≤1.6A Digital≤0.9A

Modulation Distortion

<5%

FM modulation

16K¢F3E@25KHz
/141K¢F3E@20KHz
11K¢F3E@12.5KHz

Signal-to-noise(wide/narrow)

≥45dB@25KHz ≥40dB@12.5KHz

Adjacent Channel

≤-65dB ≤-60dB

Power Audio Response

+1 ~ -3dB

4FSK digital modulation

12.5KHz for data:7K60FXD

Antenna Port Spurious

9KHz-1GHz: ≤-36dBm

12.5KHz for data and voice:7K60FXE

1GHz-12.75GHz: ≤-30dBm

Digital Protocol

ETSI-TS102 361-1,-2,-3

Vocoder type

AMBE+2 TM

Reception

Analog receive sensitivity

-122dBm (12dB SINAD)

Signal imitation

≥70dB

Digital receive sensitivity

-120dBm(BER≤5%)

Intermediation(Wide/narrow)

≥62dB/≥58dB

Audio power

1W

Adjacent channel selectivity

≥65dB/≥60dB

Audio distortion

<10%

Receive Current

≤380mA

Audio response

+1 ~ -3dB

PM noise

≥45dB@25KHz /≥40dB @12.5KHz

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AMSAT Announces 50th Anniversary Awards Program

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 07:22

AMSAT has announced its 50th Anniversary Awards Program, to help celebrate 50 years of keeping Amateur Radio in space. Satellite and HF contacts can help participants to earn one of these awards:

  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award
  • 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
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The 50th anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award will be issued on one of the original goldenrod paper stock certificates and signed by AMSAT’s founding President, Perry Klein, W3PK (ex-K3TJE). “With only 20 original certificates available, this award will certainly become a collector’s item,” AMSAT said.

Complete details are on the AMSAT website. Awards cost $25, plus postage. Certificates will be sequentially numbered.

To receive the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award, work 50 stations on any satellite — with a limit of one contact per day — during 2019. Contacts may be made from various locations, as long as the operator uses his or her personal call sign (with any appropriate locators). This award is $15, plus postage. Complete details are on the AMSAT website.

To achieve the AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award, work at least one AMSAT member on any HF band in any mode. Additional award levels are based on the number of AMSAT members you contact on the HF bands. Complete details are on the AMSAT website. — Thanks to Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT-NA Vice President of User Services 

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Court Rules Excessive Antenna Application Fees Violated Reasonable Accommodation

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:02

Long-pending Amateur Radio antenna litigation that ARRL helped to fund has finally borne fruit. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department has ruled in the case of Myles Landstein, N2EHG, that the Town of LaGrange, New York, not only overstepped its state-granted authority by assessing excessive fees, but violated the limited federal preemption PRB-1 in the process. PRB-1 requires municipalities and states to “reasonably” accommodate Amateur Radio antennas and to apply the “minimum practicable regulation” in handling Amateur Radio antenna applications. The ruling is slated to be published as a case decision. Landstein had wanted to erect a 70-foot antenna support structure; the Town of LaGrange has a 35-foot height limit.

“This case, which goes back to 2013, was about applying PRB-1 to a situation in which a municipality attempted to thwart the installation and maintenance of ham radio antennas by imposing excessive permit application costs on the ham applicant,” ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said. Imlay said the FCC has refused to clarify the cost-prohibition issue as it relates to PRB-1’s “minimum practicable regulation” and reasonable accommodation provisions of PRB-1.

“The Town incurred more than $17,000 in legal consulting fees in connection with [Landstein’s] applications, and informed the petitioner that he was required to reimburse the Town for these fees before any determination would be made with respect to the applications,” the court decision recounted. “The Town subsequently, as ‘an accommodation to the petitioner,’ reduced the amount…to…$5,874, but also required the petitioner to maintain a minimum advance continuing escrow balance of at least $1,000 to cover the Town’s future consulting costs…”

“We hold that, because the Town did not limit the consulting fees charged to the petitioner to those necessary to the decision-making function of the town’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, the town exceeded its state-granted authority by requiring payment of the consulting fees and, moreover, violated a rule promulgated by the [FCC],” the court concluded.

Given the significant delay, Imlay said both he and Landstein had lost hope that the case would ever be resolved in Landstein’s favor — and in the favor of radio amateurs in New York, generally — much less be a case that would “create favorable precedent for Amateur Radio.”

“ARRL originally was drawn to this case, because New York is the only state that, due to a very old case decision, has held that Amateur Radio antennas are not necessarily a “normal accessory use” to residential real property,” Imlay explained. “Because the issue in the case dealt with both that issue and the issue of cost prohibitions in the permitting process relative to the cost of the antenna installation, we decided to fund the case.” Landstein lost at trial, and an appeal was filed in about 2015, for which ARRL provided memoranda of law about the cost-prohibition issue. “The antenna at issue and the support structure was to cost no more than $1,000,” Imlay said.

The court concluded that the town “may not use its land-use regulatory authority to construct ‘hoop after hoop’ for the petitioner to jump through in order to erect his radio antenna tower [and] cannot impose unreasonable expenses so as to create an insurmountable financial barrier to the pursuit of the project. In this context, not only must the consultant fees be reasonable…, but the underlying services must be necessarily related to those municipal regulatory functions which are not preempted by federal law.”

Source:ARRL

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Introduction to the IC-9700 VHF/UHF/1200 by ICOM VIDEOS

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:56

Direct Sampling Brought to the VHF/UHF World

Icom strives to be first, to be innovative, and to continue to refine our radios for a balance of cutting edge technologies without abandoning our core beliefs that made Icom transceivers the choice of Amateur Radio enthusiasts around the world. The IC-9700 is the latest transceiver utilizing Direct Sampling, Software Defined Receiver (SDR) technology for VHF and UHF operators.

Planned Features Include:
  • All mode, tri-band transceiver covering 144, 430/440 as well as 1200 MHz
  • PA will provide a powerful 100 W (144 MHz), 75 W (430/440 MHz) and 10 W (1200 MHz) output
  • 4.3″ touch screen color TFT LCD
  • Smooth satellite operation with normal/reverse tracking and 99 satellite channels
  • Real-time, high-speed spectrum scope for the 144, 430/440, 1200 MHz bands
  • Dualwatch operation and full-duplex operation in the satellite mode
  • D-STAR provides digital clear audio and Internet capable communication
  • Digital Data (DD) mode provides 128 kbps data communication
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Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, is Radio Amateurs of Canada 2018 Amateur of the Year

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:36

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has announced that Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, is the recipient of the RAC Amateur of the Year Award for 2018.

“Gabor has demonstrated an intense commitment to diverse aspects of Amateur Radio, and in 2010 he was recognized as the Pacific Northwest VHFer of the Year for consistently promoting and encouraging VHF/UHF/microwave activity in the Pacific Northwest,” RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, said in the January/February 2019 issue of The Canadian Amateur. “He was the only Canadian to compete in the 14th IARU High Speed Telegraphy World Championship in 2017 and was one of only four Canadians competing in the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship in 2018. In addition, he was a key volunteer in developing the RAC Canada 150 Award in 2017,” MacDonell added.

Horvath became a radio amateur (HA2KMR) as an elementary school student in his native Hungary. Only six radio amateurs have received the award since 2010.

More information about the RAC Amateur of the Year Award is on the RAC website. — Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC President 

Source:ARRL 

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FT-DX101D VIDEO [ German Version ]

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:44
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Announced features for incredible Yaesu FTdx-101D include:

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* Superb and astonishing close-in Dynamic Range Performance, even in crowded bands
* Hybrid SDR Technology with Direct Sampling & NBW (narrow Bandwidth) SDR
* 9 MHz IF Roofing Filter Produce Excellent Shape Factor
* 400 MHz HRDDS (High Resolution Direct Digital Synthesizer)
* Completely Independent Dual Receivers with General Coverage RX
*High-Q VC Tuning Front-End
* Yaesu Renowned Interference Reduction System with 32 bit IF DSP and Digital Noise Reduction and DSP Auto Notch
* Large Touch-Panel Precision Color Display and External Display Output
* Real-Time 3DSS (Three Dimension Spectrum Stream) Waterfall Display
* Active Band Indicator with LED illumination of operating band enables rapid band changes
* MPVD (Multi-Purpose VFO Outer Dial) provides Sub VFO Dial, Clarifier operation, VC-TUNE adjustment, VFO fine tuning or CS (Custom Selection) function
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Heil Pro 7 – VS – Sennheiser HMD 300 Pro – Full Review with Transmit Audio

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“Heil Pro 7 vs Sennheiser HMD 300 Pro. This is pretty in-depth – you may need a coffee and a sit down to watch! This was heavier than I expected. Took the best part of Saturday to complete the audio and visual components. I’ve tried to be as fair as I can. My personal conclusion is that if you only want one headset – and only for Ham Radio, maybe the Pro 7 might be the best bet. If you want full range, perhaps recording and listening to full range audio too, maybe the HMD 300 Pros might be best. I have more tests to do including taking these to Isle of Mull for the DXpedition – so watch this space and I’ll see how I get on. Callum. M0MCX.

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The Icom IC-9700 manual is now available [ ENGLISH ]

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 20:42

 

IC-9700 manual

“The Icom IC-9700 manual is now available in Japanese on the Icom website. Here is a link to a “rough” English translation. Thanks to Phil VK6ADF:”


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Yaesu Fusion & FT-DX101MP Announcement

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Using Morse code, girl alerts police to pregnant teen being held at knifepoint in Monroe County

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 07:35

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