Even More Stock Arriving   June 12th, 2017

 

Here in Portsmouth we are adding stock to our warehouse on a daily basis. This puts us way ahead of the competition.  Our new despatch arrangements can handle more goods than ever before. Faster picking and faster despatch means you get your goods promptly. And our large buying power also means you get the best possible deal.

 

But although we have the largest warehouse for ham radio in the UK, we have not forgotten the personal caller. You will be more than welcome to call into our retail store at Portsmouth. And no parking problems.

 

Yes, we really do have the largest ham radio operation in the UK.

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A VERY SHORT DIPOLE   June 7th, 2017

I have been experimenting with the Diamond WD330S T2FD dipole. It is an interesting design that has great possibilities for small gardens. Check out the video.

 

 

Peter G3OJV

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Above is my Buddhistic.  I mounted it on a small camera tripod. This example is rather weather beaten but has served me well. If you look closely you will see the radial counterpoise that is wound up on a plastic spool. Whilst the Buddistick system is primarily for use as a portable system, there is no reason why it cannot be used from home. I would not advise it for use as a permanent antenna installation outside, simply because the weather would get to it. But certainly for those with very small gardens, it could be quickly placed outside and then taken in once operation for the day is finished.  It should take up to around 50W. I use mine for portable QRP operation on 40m and 20m. Band changing is achieved by simply changing the tap on the coil. Fine tuning is achieved by adjusting the telescopic whip section.

 

 

In the past, the May Bank Holiday has been the time when we have our Open Day in Hockley. As we have now closed our shop in Hockley and we are still in the process of finishing our move we, have decided to do some special offers on the web site. I won’t say any more about this now, but keep a close watch on our web site over this weekend. CLICK

 

Peter G3OJV

 

 

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AOR AR-DV1 Gets Even Better!   May 24th, 2017

 

Waters & Stanton, The UK’s only official Importer of AOR products, today confirmed the most recent update to the capabilities of the AOR DV-1 analogue/digital receiver to include NXDN Descrambling and discriminator Direct Recording on SD. Details below:
 
NXDN Descramble function
 
(For 15 bit digital scrambling mode NXDN signals. Does not support encrypted mode NXDN signals )
-Select the NXDN mode (=D-CR) or AUTO mode.
Once the desired signal is received:
-Click once on the main dial
-Long press on MODE button
The blinking question marks means that AR-DV1 is searching for the descrambling code. It just takes 1 or 2 seconds if reception conditions are good. Once found, it will the scramble code such as 000015 for example and you will hear the decoded voice.
Please note that although the display shows “ENC.CODE”, it actually means “descramble” code. No relation to encryption.
 
 
 
Discriminator direct recording on SD
 
Whereas AR-DV1 features a discriminator output (AUX socket), with a little trick the discriminator signal can also be recorded directly to its SD card! Here is how:
1) On your PC, open a text file and type the word “DISC” (in capitals, just the letters DISC).
2) Save this file as DISC.txt
3) Copy this file to the SD card.
4) Put the SD card into AR-DV1.
Whenever the receivers sees this file, it will record the received audio in “discriminator” format. (In FM mode, only 6kHz, 15kHz and 30kHz bandwidth supported)
In case you don’t know, discriminator audio is an unfiltered signal, also called baseband audio. It is required by some PC applications decoding data signals such as  CTCSS, SCA, FSK, RTTY, FAX, Pager data, and trunked system control data, etc. For details we invite you to ask Google.
 
For more details visit www.hamradiostore.co.uk
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Justin Johnson, from Waters & Stanton and Group director of IHSG, was the first UKK dealer to get his hands on the new ICOM IC-7610. We don’t have any we can sell yet, but we will be first with UK stock so keep in touch or do what many customers have done an pay a small deposit to secure from the first batch.

 

 

Peter G3OJV

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Followers of our web site will know that we have already announced the new KPA1500 amplifier. This is a 1500W amplifier that covers 160m to 6m, Unlike most high power amplifiers, this one includes its own internal auto antenna tuner unit. Initially this amplifier will only b available as a ready built item. Whether or not it will be offered as a kit, we do not yet know.

 

Because of the power demands, this amplifier will feature a separate power supply. There is no firm delivery date yet, but we expect it to become available at the end of the summer, or maybe earlier.

 

 

Peter G3OJV

 

 

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FlexRadio have given the IHSG Group of Companies – Waters & Stanton, Nevada and Innovantennas, exclusive details of their new transceivers. The Flex-6600 is pictured above. The new range have quite amazing receiver and noise reduction performance. For the first time, you will now be able to buy the radio in two forms. The first is to use in conjunction with a PC, whilst the second is in stand-alone form with its own front panel display and control system.

 

There are a number of different models in the range and readers are encouraged to check out our exclusive announcement in Sought News.

 

 

Peter Waters G3OJV

Waters & Stanton Ltd

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New Product Announcement   May 18th, 2017

As of midnight tonight we will be announcing several new transceivers that will shortly be available on the UK market. So please check back late tonight or tomorrow morning.

 

There will also be a host of new models announced at the Hamvention in the USA later today or tomorrow.

 

 

Peter G3OJV

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The Small Garden Challenge   May 15th, 2017

I have spoken about how one’s attitude may need to change when trying to enjoy ham radio when you have a small garden, From the very beginning, ham radio operators have been breaking down barriers and showing how what was once thought impossible is now possible. Even small antennas and very low power can bring results and sometimes results that are far better than perhaps we could hope for.

 

So if you have a small garden, maybe you should start to treat it as a challenge. And I am not writing this from the position of having a large garden with large antennas. So I can empathise with the problem and know exactly how it feels to hear the DX pass you by. There are many options that can be considered and some of these do depend on what the shape of the garden is and the position of surrounding things. But there are very, very few gardens that cannot be used for hame radio.

 

Stick with me.

 

 

Peter Waters

www,hamradiostore.co.uk

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Small Garden – Big Signal?   May 15th, 2017

Ah, wouldn’t that be great if we could achieve that? I am going to talk about this over the next week or so. The reason is that many of us hams now have small gardens and envy those that are able to put up big antennas and achieve big signal performance.

 

There is perhaps a psychological aspect to this. Big signals certainly bring satisfaction, but for how long? Let us suppose that you had a massive antenna array and you were able yo work any station you could hear. How long would that satisfaction last? I know from my own experience having operated a massive station in the USA. After a while it becomes almost boring. Why? Because there is no real challenge. It is rather like handing an angler, who had been happy sitting by a river with his rod, a large net. No further problem! He could catch all the fish in the river as soon as they appeared. Satisfaction? I suspect not! So we will be thinking along those lines over the next few blog entries. Yjat does not mean we cannot catch fish as they appear!

 

To be continued.

 

Peter G3OJV

Waters & Stanton

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