RSGB AGM

By GB2RS News Team The 92nd RSGB AGM will be held at Jurys Inn, 24 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ on Saturday the 27th of April, commencing at 12 noon. Details for the 2019 AGM appeared in the April RadCom. Arrangements have been made for Members who are unable to attend the AGM to cast their votes by proxy. […]

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Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK

By GB2RS News Team Former US astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, W5LFL, who operated the world’s first amateur radio station from space, died at the age of 88 on the 15th of April 2019. He spent a total of 70 days in space and 13 hours and 43 minutes in three separate spacewalks. According to his family, […]

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International Marconi Day

By GB2RS News Team International Marconi Day 2019 will take place on the 27th of April. Last year 74 stations were registered, all operating from a site that Marconi operated from or had a personal connection with. To see the stations involved this year, go to www.gb4imd.co.uk

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Today is World Amateur Radio Day 2019!

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Icom IC-9700 Review, Demo And Walkthrough

By qrznow

Icom IC-9700

Here it is! The all new Icom IC-9700 tri-band direct sampling transceiver. This is a most impressive rig and I will be showing many more videos on this unit. To start, let me show you the rig and talk about some of the features and reasons why this is a total game changer for the hobby.

Direct Sampling Brought to the VHF/UHF World

Built with the VHF/UHF weak signal operator in mind, the IC-9700 is an RF direct sampling receiver for 2m and 70cm. The IF receiver consists of a single, down conversion for 23cm that is between 311 – 371MHz. This design provides a quiet receiver due to Icom’s DSP technology. The robust PA provides 100W on 2m, 75W on 70cm, and 10W on 23cm.

Band Management

In addition to band specific memory channels, the IC-9700 allows band specific receiver and transmitter settings. For transmit, users can make adjustments to RF power, TX power Limit, Limit Power, and TX Delay by band. Basic receiver settings, like the Noise Blanker, Noise Reduction, and others can be tweaked by band with a dynamic Notch and Filter setup by band/mode.

Other Planned Features Include:

  • All mode, tri-band transceiver covering 144, 430/440 as well as 1200MHz
  • Supports CW/AM/SSB/SM/RTTY and D-STAR DV and DD modes
  • Digital Data (DD) mode provides 128 kbps data communication
  • PA provides a powerful 100W (144 MHz), 75W (430/440 MHz) and 10W (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 & waterfall display
  • Dualwatch operation and full-duplex operation in the satellite mode
  • Supports 2 wave simultaneous reception (different band / different mode), full duplex operation.
  • D-STAR Terminal and Access Point mode (RS-MS3A/W)
  • Dual D-STAR receive (decodes two voice streams simultaneously)
  • Full duplex operation/Dual Watch (no V/V or U/U Capability)
  • Main or Sub-Band Scope (Center/Fix mode +/-500kHz Center Mode)
  • Audio Scope
  • CW full break-n
  • 0.5ppm frequency < +/- 0.5ppm (–10°C to +60°C; 14°F to 140°F)
  • Voice Recording/playback function (SD Memory Card)
  • Ethernet Port (Internal RS-BA1 Server)
  • USB audio and control connection
  • DR Memories: 2,500

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BIG SIGNAL DX-Quad – 5 Bands!

BIG SIGNAL DX-Quad – 5 Bands!

March 12, 2019
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Discover the BIG SIGNAL DX-Quad antenna , this new design of a single element Multi-Band Quad covers up to 5 bands in HF from 10 to 20 meters. An incr…

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ALT-512  QRP TRANSCEIVER

ALT-512 QRP TRANSCEIVER

April 17, 2019
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ALL-MODE QRP TRANSCEIVER for HF + 6m +4m (12 Bands + General Coverage RX) MADE IN EUROPE (Coming Soon*) Aerial-51’s new A…

FTDX101D Operation Manual

FTDX101D Operation Manual

April 12, 2019
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FTDX101D Operation Manual (1904D-BS) ( 17.82 MB ) Amateur Radio Brochures HF/Satellite Transceivers and Amps FTDX101D Front Waterfall Pr…

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So Now What?

“All About Safety” is the focus of the new (April 18) episode of the “So Now What?“ podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! “So Now What?” offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episod…

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Peter Smith, G4JNU, 23 December 2018

By radcomtecheditor Peter Smith, G4JNU died aged 81 on December 23rd 2018. He was a very skilled electrical engineer and a fine mechanical engineer as well. Peter grew up in an engineering household in Reading. Peter’s father was a machine workshop instructor with the REME at Arborfield and Peter was proud that, with a lathe and other […]

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“Mentoring the Next Generation” is Hamvention and ARRL 2019 National Convention Theme

By qrznow

With an eye toward helping new and inexperienced hams enjoy the full range of activities that Amateur Radio has to offer, Hamvention® and the ARRL 2019 National Convention will embrace the theme of “Mentoring the Next Generation.” Hamvention hosts the National Convention May 17 – 19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. This will mark the third year for Hamvention at its new venue. A contingent of ARRL staff and member-volunteers will join forces to make available many ARRL exhibits and resources to Hamvention visitors. The centerpiece of ARRL’s participation will be ARRL EXPO in Building 2. An extensive roster of exhibits and activities will also educate and entertain.

Instructors from the ARRL Teachers Institute for Wireless Technology will be on hand to bring wireless and electronics theory to life in hands-on demonstrations and lessons. They’ll also touch on satellite communications, microcontrollers, and the fundamentals of robotics. At a Sunday morning forum (10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Room 2) called “Discovering Radio Communications,” presenters for the Teachers Institute will highlight a variety of instructional experiences and ideas.

As part of its mentoring focus, ARRL has invited members of the Nashua (New Hampshire) Area Radio Society to Hamvention and ARRL EXPO to share the club’s effective and well-developed outreach program. The ARRL Special Service Club, which boasts more than 200 members and is being recognized as the 2019 Hamvention Club of the Year, caters to radio amateurs of all interests and experience levels. NARS will host an interactive exhibit that may serve as a model for other radio clubs to emulate as well as a Friday midday forum, “ARRL Spotlight on Radio Clubs and Mentoring” (11:50 AM – 1:05 PM) in Room 3. Club members will discuss their activities and approach to building membership and club participation.

ARRL-sponsored forums will include the always-entertaining ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, who will present “The ARRL Lab: Trials, Tribulations and (Tall?) Tales,” on Friday morning (9:15 AM – 10:30 AM) in Room 3. Hare has promised to share with Hamvention visitors the inside information about what goes on in the ARRL Lab, including a few tales you’ll never read about in the pages of QST.

ARRL Great Lakes Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, will moderate the popular ARRL Forum on Saturday (12 PM – 1:15 PM) in Room 3.

On hand to discuss “ARRL’s New Volunteer Monitor Program and the FCC” will be Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, a familiar face to many Hamvention visitors from his days with the FCC. Hollingsworth is heading up the development of this new program using guidelines provided by the FCC and his years of experience working in the FCC Enforcement Bureau. Among other things, he’ll talk about the importance of helping each other to maintain high standards on the air, issuing “good operator” notices to recognize exemplary behavior, and of course, deterring poor operating practices. This forum is set for Sunday morning (9:15 AM – 10:15 PM) in Room 2.

On Saturday afternoon, ARRL’s new CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, will speak on “Engaging Today’s Radio Amateur” (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM) in Room 3. Michel says, “Ham radio shouldn’t abandon the old guardians of the hobby, but at the same time, it needs to have new things that appeal to people who have different interests and different passions.”

Other ARRL-sponsored forum topics will include a panel discussion on ARRL public service communications, moderated by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, on Friday afternoon, (2:25 PM – 3:40 PM) in Room 3. The ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) forum, moderated by brothers Andy, KK4LWR, and Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT, will cater to university students and those supporting campus radio clubs on Saturday afternoon (4 PM – 5 PM) in Room 3.

An ARRL Wouff Hong Ceremony will take place Saturday at 9 PM at the Marriott at the University of Dayton (Tradewinds Pavilion), sponsored by the ARRL Ohio Section. The traditional Wouff Hong ceremony is steeped in mystery and represents a tradition that goes back to the early days of ARRL history. Register online. A limited number of remaining seats may be available from the ARRL Field Organization Volunteers booth during the convention (ARRL EXPO in Building 2).

The Wouff Hong is a fictional tool used to “punish” Amateur Radio operators who demonstrate poor operating practices. According to legend, ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, under the pseudonym “The Old Man,” unveiled the Wouff Hong just as radio amateurs were getting back on the air after World War I, early in 1919. The “specimen of a real live Wouff Hong” he wrote about in QST was presented to the ARRL Board, which voted that it be framed and hung in the office of the Secretary of the League. The artifact remains on display at ARRL Headquarters today, a constant reminder to radio amateurs to be mindful of operating etiquette.

For more information, see the 2019 ARRL National Convention: Exhibit & Activities Guide.

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ALT-512  QRP TRANSCEIVER

ALT-512 QRP TRANSCEIVER

April 17, 2019
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ALL-MODE QRP TRANSCEIVER for HF + 6m +4m (12 Bands + General Coverage RX) MADE IN EUROPE (Coming Soon*) Aerial-51’s new A…

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Wouxun KG-UVD1P

Wouxun KG-UVD1P

August 29, 2015
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Wouxun KG-UVD1P Description of Features 1. 1750 Hz Burst Tone 2. DTMF Encoding Function 3. Working Mode :vhf tx-uhf rx or uhf tx-vhf rx can be set fre…

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Listening Outside the Ham Bands

Listening Outside the Ham Bands

April 11, 2019
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 “Listening Outside the Ham Bands” is the topic of the new (April 11) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast. Listen…and learn!…

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Green Country pictures

By noreply@blogger.com (KC5FM)

Thanks to Mark, K5MRK for sharing these views of the Green Country Hamfest.

I forgot to take my camera to Green Country, but took a couple on my iPad. L to R on #50 is MRK, Gary-TWP, and Ronnie – RQW
#51 is Melissa, Ronnie’s wife
#49 is this beautiful dog and his owner (who I did not get a name or call). He was there Friday PM, but I did not see him Sat.
Friday we had a “3 legged dog” walking around and Saturday, it looked to be the same dog – size, color, breed, but he had 4 legs. Ask me about this issue which BLEW my mind.
Eddie – 73 – K5EMS

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ARRL “Radio Communications” Billboard Promotes Ham Radio on I-40

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