If you enjoy ham radio kit building, then you are definitely going to want to hear about the MDT DSB QRP transceiver kit from ozQRP. This article will be more of a real-world, operational performance review of this radios’ capabilities, not a walkthrough on how to build it.
The 40 meter MDT kit(Minimalist Double Sideband Transceiver) is produced by ozQRP, a company based in Australia. This is an absolutely amazing QRP radio kit for the 40 meter band and is a great option for those ham radio operators who are new to HF and are looking for affordable means of getting on the air, for those looking for lightweight/compact rigs for camping/backpacking, or for those who just love kit building and are looking for their next project.
K6ARP.org September 16, 2015 by: Conrad Nerdahl – WA6KUE
Windows 10, Baofeng, and Chirp
The Windows 10 installation/upgrade includes a newer version of the Prolific USB-Serial driver. This is the interface driver software that translates many USB to Radio adapters via a Com-Port (for lack of a more complex explanation).
There is one problem. The newer drivers create a false positive on the serial interface and throw the radio into a transmit mode upon connection to the PC. This prevents any updates to the radio using Chirp software and forces your radio into an uncontrolled (undesired) transmit state.
Do you own one of the Chinese made Baofeng UV-5R handhelds and find it difficult to program? Below is a list of a few sources for documentation for the UV-5R:
The (Chinese) Radio Documentation Project – Baofeng UV-5R – This project aims to create quality documentation for popular but notoriously poorly documented Chinese amateur radios. They have released version 1.0 of their manual and it is detailed, illustrated, and extremely well written.
Showcasing at the Tokyo Ham Fair 2012, the Icom IC-7100 HF/VHF/UHF Amateur Radio Transceiver
Icom Inc. have shown a new sample of a revolutionary HF/VHF/UHF Amateur Radio Mobile Transceiver with touch screen control called the IC-7100 at the Tokyo Ham Fair 2012.
The IC-7100 is a HF+6m+VHF+UHF all mode compact radio with an innovative slanted touch-screen LCD controller. A first for an Icom transceiver, the IC-7100 is designed to the 70MHz band in European versions where 70MHz is open to Amateur radio enthusiasts. To maintain its commitment to D-STAR, all versions of the IC-7100 will come with standard D-STAR DV mode.
Since the launch of the original IC-706 in 1995, Icom has been leading the market of HF/VHF/UHF multi-band mobile radios. The popularity of vehicular mounted amateur radios may not be as high as the times of the IC-706 series, but the IC-7100 has been carefully designed to reignite Amateurs’ interest in mobile communications and brings digital communication opportunity to a wider range of radio Amateurs.
Planned Features include:
Slanted front separated controller with large touch screen dot matrix LCD (controller cannot be attached to body front)
Speaker is self contained inside the controller
Full mode (SSB, CW, AM, FM, RTTY decode) and D-STAR DV
HF (100W) / 50MHz (100W) / 70MHz (50W) / 144MHz (50W) / 430MHz (35W) (Note: Power may be different according to version. The 70MHz band is available for some versions only)
Lower current consumption / cooler operation (compared with the IC-7000)
SWR meter function also works for VHF and UHF bands
Remote power on / off
IF DSP for filtering / interference removal / noise reduction
SD memory card slot, voice recording
USB Audio In / Out, remote control
+/- 0.5ppm frequency stability
505ch memory channels
Further details about its features and options have been made available on a Pre-release product information sheet. The IC-7100 Pre-release information can be downloaded on this page.
A high resolution picture of the IC-7100 can be downloaded from our image bank. Click here to enter our image bank.
At the moment we do not have any information about release date or price but please stay tuned to www.icomuk.co.uk for more official details.
Yaesu’s Amateur Radio Division Breaks with Motorola, Changes Name to Yaesu Musen
After four years under the Motorola umbrella, Yaesu has split from that company. According to Vertex Standard President and Chief Executive Officer Jun Hasegawa, effective January1, 2012, Motorola will keep the Vertex Standard Land-Mobile Division, while the amateur, marine and air-band will be under the Yaesu Musen banner. The new company will be known as Yaesu USA here in the US.
Alinco announces new 220/902 MHz HT at Dayton Hamvention
Here’s an announcement that didn’t get a whole lot of attention at this year’s Dayton Hamvention: Alinco was soliciting opinions and suggestions for their new DJ-G29T handheld which covers two of the most rarely-used amateur bands: 220 MHz and 902 MHz.
Icom proudly announces the debut of the new HF/50MHz transceiver IC-7410. The IC-7410 has been designed as an HF/50MHz specialized rig with excellent performance and features in this category. The IC-7410 employs high grade DSP unit and double conversion super-heterodyne system developed from the latest technology used in our higher grade rigs such as the IC-7800/7700/7600 series. In addition, the IC-7410 comes with a built-in 15kHz 1st IF filter and can accept up to two optional filters (3kHz/6kHz). When used with these 1st IF filters, narrow mode signals such as the CW and SSB modes are protected from adjacent strong signals.