Year: 2015

Yaesu FT-817, Elecraft KX-3 and other portable HF radios

I don’t know about other people out there, but I use this blog as a personal journal, basically writing about stuff I like so I can remember later on. Hot new equipment that came out and I’d like to own at some point, ideas that cross my mind and I’d like to remember later or events that I want to capture before the moments fades. Same was with the Elecraft KX-3 vs Yaesu FT-817nd post almost 3 years ago, when I was deciding on what radio to get for portable operations and I wanted to put in writing my...

Read More

SunSDR MB-1 listed and available in January

Ever since first news of it surfaced in June 2014, the SunSDR MB-1 made by Expert Electronics seemed to be exactly what the amateur radio market lacked: modern technology. At first it was expected by the end of 2014 at a price around US$ 4300 for the basic version and another US$ 200 for the optional internal tuner, then it got delayed for some unexplained reasons. At Friedrichshafen 2015 they had a fully working sample of the SunSDR MB-1 that I got to test a bit (most impressive thing on the show!) and I was told it was supposed...

Read More

Icom IC-7300 available in January, official price announced

Icom’s IC-7300 is probably the most expected transceiver of 2016, given the fact that it’s the first direct-sampling SDR from one of the “big three” manufacturers, offers a working large-screen spectrum display and is expected to be quite affordable (more details in the original Icom IC-7300 article). In a japanese press release dated just a few hours ago, Icom finally published the official release date and the recommended price. The IC-7300 should be available by January 16th 2016 at a price of 139,800yen + tax, wich equates to US$ 1,134+tax or EUR 1,047+tax (expect VAT on top of that)....

Read More

YO SOTA Marathon 2015 – the story IV

This article is a sequel to YO SOTA Marathon 2015 – the story III. ┬áDay 5 The night we spent at 2500m altitude was a true mountain experience – 11 people packed in one small room, and most of us didn’t get enough sleep. At 06:00 we were already ready to go – mostly out of boredom since we couldn’t sleep anymore anyway. Some of us (YO9IRF, YO6PSX, YO2BP, YO6PIB, HB9DST, YO9IPF) decided to go and activate YO/MC-008 Costila (10p) and the rest (YO2MSB, YO8SEP, PB2T, K2XYL) went ahead to Babele and took the cable car to Busteni, from...

Read More

YO SOTA Marathon 2015 – the story III

This article is a sequel to YO SOTA Marathon – the story II Day 3 In the second morning at the Tara pension in Ranca the restaurant personnel already got used to our early morning routine, so the restaurant was already opened a bit earlier and the kitchen was already fired up. We had a long drive ahead before getting to our next target, so we wanted to be on the way as soon as possible. Crossing the Transalpina road for the 4th time in 3 days, we met these guys just sitting in the middle of the road:...

Read More

YO SOTA Marathon 2015 – the story II

This article is a sequel to YO SOTA Marathon – the story Day 1 As there were enough of us and we wanted to take advantage of the S2S possibilities, we split into 2 teams: Team 1 was YO2MSB, PB2T, K2XYL and HB9DST, with YO6PIB joining in on the way to the first summit, YO/WC-207 Piatra Goznei (8p). This was K2XYL Margreet’s first SOTA activation and she got her first QSO (wich was also S2S) with Petronel YO8SEP. K2XYL Margreet having her first QSOs, from YO/WC-207 The second team was me YO9IRF, YO2BP, YO8SEP and YO2BP and we went...

Read More

Yaesu’s new HF radio, FT-410

Yaesu FT-410 seems to be the latest HF radio to surface from Japan, and from the looks of it it’s the successor of FT-600 to fight the Icom IC-718 and Alinco SRT-8/9 series. It’s still not FCC approved and probably still has a long way to retail, but it’s nice to know what to expect in the following months. The Yaesu FT-410 is a pretty basic radio, operating in the 30kHz-30MHz* range (160m to 10m amateur bands), 100W AM/SSB/CW, with first IF at 67.899MHz and a secondary one at 24kHz that goes directly into DSP. Judging by that arrangement,...

Read More

YO SOTA Marathon 2015 – the story

This was a natural evolution to the YO SOTA Tour 2014 from last year, only this time we decided to make it bigger, better, longer and harder. We added summits and regions, we increased the number of points, we got much more activators to join in and we were on the air for longer, on more bands and more modes. We got the chance to spend more time with people bound by the same passion, field-test alot of radio equipment, antennas and logging methods and give the chance to alot more chasers to log in a contact with a...

Read More

Archives