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‘Molar Mic’ will let US military make radio calls from their teeth


Goodbye walkie-talkie, hello sneaky-speaky.

by Claire Reilly

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The “Molar Mic” clips on to the back teeth. – 
Sonitus Technologies

In the future, communicating in combat could be as simple as speaking into the microphone on your teeth.

On Tuesday the US Department of Defense sealed a multimillion dollar investment into a futuristic two-way communications system dubbed the “Molar Mic,” slated for use by the US Air Force.

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443.225 K6ARP Downtown Clovis Repeater Coordinated

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers are  pleased to announce the new 443.225 club repeater is now coordinated with the Northern Amateur Radio Relay Council of California (NARCC)

Motorola Quantar analog FM and P25 digital repeater

Location: Clovis Water Tower
Frequency: 443.225 + offset
Modes: Analog FM & P25
CTCSS: 141.3
NAC: $514

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It is located in downtown Clovis at the water tower facility. The repeater is a Motorola Quantar with the antenna approximately 120 feet above ground level.

Although it was previously used in analog FM, the Motorola Quantar repeater provides mixed mode of analog FM and digital in the form of P25; both of these modes are enabled on the repeater. It is recommended that a tone squelch be engaged in order to avoid hearing the P25 carrier when that mode is used. The tone squelch is 141.3, the same as the TX tone.

K6ARP 443.225 Repeater approximate coverage area.

New Club Repeater

Motorola Quantar analog FM and P25 digital repeater

Location: Clovis Water Tower
Frequency: 443.225 + offset
Modes: Analog FM & P25
CTCSS: 141.3
NAC: $514

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers are  pleased to announce a new club repeater. It is located in downtown Clovis at the water tower facility. The repeater is a Motorola Quantar that was kindly donated by the City of Clovis. In addition to the donation, the facility includes coaxial line and an antenna that is approximately 120 feet above ground level. (Members attending the June club meeting were given an early hint)

Mark Rau, Communications Manager for the City of Clovis, played a key role in providing this new resource for licensed amateur radio operators. In addition, club technical committee member Dr. Michael Moya and club President Rob Mavis assisted with donations of equipment. Their efforts also included time to calibrate, tune and install the new repeater gear.

The donated repeater has a bit of history. It was previously used by the Clovis Police Department as channel #1. It will be enjoyed in the future during community events where licensed amateur radio operators provide communications during walks, runs and rides here in the central valley.

Although it was previously used in analog FM, the Motorola Quantar repeater provides mixed mode of analog FM and digital in the form of P25; both of these modes are enabled on the repeater. It is recommended that a tone squelch be engaged in order to avoid hearing the P25 carrier when that mode is used. The tone squelch is 141.3, the same as the TX tone.

Please note that additional hardware was needed. The funds for that are generated by the C.A.R.P. fireworks stand. Membership dues are appreciated and cover rental fees for the meeting location, but the primary funds to maintain and improve club radio repeaters and equipment comes from the once a year fund raiser. Your assistance working in the booth is needed. Consider spending some time with your fellow members every year at the stand. This year it will be located in the parking lot of the Der Wienerschnitzel on Shaw Ave. in Clovis. The club is providing refreshments and it is a perfect time to also enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow members. Spouses and family can help sell too! (Age 18 and over)

TYT MD-9600 Shipping Soon

TYT MD-9600 Shipping Next Week

Below is an email from  BuyTwoWayRadios.com

Believe it or not, the TYT MD-9600 is close to becoming a reality. If you haven’t been following this closely, the MD-9600 is a dual band (UHF/VHF) mobile radio from TYT that supports tier II DMR (as well as analog). Reasonably priced DMR mobiles have been scarce, which is why this radio got a lot of buzz when it was first announced (over a year ago). Since the original announcement, TYT has surprised us by making it dual-band, meaning this is now a radio that is fully capable of replacing most everyday mobiles!

TYT is telling us that our initial order will ship from their warehouse on Tuesday (8/8). We’re having it shipped express, so we expect to have them in our warehouse within a week of their shipping from China. We plan to work overtime to get all pre-orders shipped on the day they arrive!This radio is $359.00 and we expect demand to be high for a while after release. If you’re interested in getting one soon, we suggest that you pre-order ASAP.

Kenwood’s 70th anniversary commemoration model”TS-590SG 70″ with “TRIO” logo

Kenwood TS-590SG 70th Anniversary Editiion
Kenwood TS-590SG 70th Anniversary Editiion

JVC Kenwood Co., Ltd. will release 70 special limited HF / 50 MHz transceiver “TS-590SG 70” with a “TRIO” logo as a model commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kenwood establishment from mid September. The price is 240,000 yen (tax excluded). Reservations will be accepted from July 24th to September 6th at a ham shop that handles the company’s radio.

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Hytera Enters the North American Amateur Radio Market


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Huntsville, Alabama, November 22, 2016 — GigaParts announced today the release of five new models of amateur radios manufactured by Hytera. Highly regarded in land mobile radio for their quality, durability and innovation, Hytera dominates the DMR and Tetra markets in the US and the rest of the world. Hytera is the largest radio manufacturer to enter the amateur radio market in North America.

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Elecraft KX2 Announcement

New KX2 radio to be announced this Thursday at the Dayton  Hamvention 2016

Elecraft KX2 Product Info
Elecraft KX2 Product Info

Hello to all,

We are please to announce a new radio to complement the KX3 and the KX-Line.  Here are the details.

What:  Elecraft announces the KX2, Ultra-portable radio
When:  Thursday, May 16th, 1300Z
Where:  Four Days In May QRP event, part of the Dayton Hamfest activities

Elecraft is excited to announce a new radio targeting the Ultra-portable market with a Fit-In-Your-Pocket size.  Please see the attached brochure for details.

Pricing

  • KX2:  $749.00
  • Options and accessories:  Please see the table below for pricing.  Also see the FAQ for details.

Ordering/Availability

Distributors are encouraged to order both the KX2 and accessories now.  The KX2 is already in production and early ordering will ensure your position for deliveries.

Note that the KX2 will be available in full, factory-built form only.  There will be 2 internally-installed options available immediately.  See the FAQ for more details.

Marketing Collateral Available

You will find a new section in the Elecraft Egnyte repository that contains:

  • The attached brochure in editable form for you to translate and convert to local printing formats.
  • A KX2 Date Sheet
  • A KX2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in editable form
  • Hi Resolution images for use with your marketing and web site content

Special Note on the new KX2 Battery and Charger system

  • Elecraft will be stocking the KXBT2 (Li-ion Battery) and the KXBC2 (Li-ion Charger) for your to order.
  • We have also arranged for you to purchase both items directly from our supplier, Tenergy (www.tenergy.com)
  • Please see the attached document, KX2 Battery info v1.0, with the details.

Along with many of the Elecraft team, I’ll be in Dayton to launch the KX2 but will be able to answer questions as needed.

Again, we are excited to offer you increased business opportunities with the KX2 launch!

Cheers,

David

Ramsey Discontinues Hobby Kits

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January 1, 2016

For more than 4 decades, the name Ramsey Kits has been synonymous with some of the neatest and the greatest electronic products and hobby kits for the do-it-yourself hobbyist. In those 40+ years, we always thought “outside the box” when we designed a new kit, making us known worldwide as the number one hobby kit manufacturer.

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