The 80m ham band is not easy to operate on these days when the modern garden is so much smaller. So WATSON have introduced a new dual band compact dipole for the two most popular LF bands, 80m and 40m.

The antenna is full size on 40m and end resonators provide 80m operation. The total length is around 70ft and the dipole is centre fed via a 1:1 50 ohm balun with SO-239 connector. If you erect it as an inverted V you should be able to fit it into a space no longer than 50ft.

Price is £79.

Phone our sales team now to place an order.

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ICOM-IC7100E PRICE DEAL   April 30th, 2014


Get the above radio and the lovely InnovAntenna Dual Band 6m/4m 6 element Yagi completely free. This offers lasts until the 20th June, or until stocks are exhausted.

Innov dual 4m-6m

Total Price £1249

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Icom ID-5100E Prices.   April 30th, 2014


For those many hams who have been wondering about the price of the ID-5100E, here they are. Two packages: One basic and the other with accessories.

The standard version, complete with multi-functional microphone and hanger, DC power and controller cables and CS-5100 cloning software will be available for a suggested selling price of £569.95 (inc.VAT).

ID-5100E Deluxe*
Includes Bluetooth features and mounting equipment: MBF-1 Suction cup mounting bracket; MBA-2 controller bracket; MBR-100 Trunion mount; UT-133 Bluetooth unit and VS-3 Bluetooth headset with a suggested selling price of £719.95, saving £126 (inc.VAT)!.*

*These additional accessories will be shipped in August when they are available from Icom Inc.

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Getting your hands on the new Icom ID-5100 is going to be pretty easy within the coming weeks. The first shipment is due to arrive in May and we will have good stocks. Peter Waters, G3OJV, is shown here during his operation with a pre-production ID-5100E. Rumour has it that the price will be around £650. We are taking orders now.
His verdict – – Great! I want one

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Icom ID-5100E Arrives In UK   April 16th, 2014


Most of you will have read about the new Icom ID-5100E, but few will have actually seen one in the flesh. So we were pleased to be able to get our hands on one for a brief period of operation, and to see how it operated. The screen is huge by most people’s standards, and is lovely and clear. It is touch screen but not colour – that was just a rumour.

As dual band radios go, it packs an awful lot of punch, offering D-Star as well as FM, plus GPS capability, voice recording, SD card, and there is even an Android App that enables you to program your radio and send photos and other tricks. It is all very exciting.

OK, so what everybody want’s to know is the price and delivery. Our best guess on price is between £650 and £700 and the delivery will be at the beginning of May, son not very far away. We will be offering some great part exchange deals and also a great no deposit and no interest package.

So give our sales department a call and get your advance orders in now. 01702 203353 for further information.

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Elecraft KXP3 Panoramic Adaptor   April 11th, 2014

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Elecraft have announced the introduction of a panoramic adaptor for use with the KX3 transceiver. Delivery is expected in July.

  • Preliminary information
  • Our new PX3 Panadapter adds a visual dimension to signal hunting, with fast, real-time spectrum and waterfall displays of band activity. Its small size and weight make it ideal for travel or field use.
    The PX3 is fully integrated with the Elecraft KX3, utilizing its serial control port and RX I/Q signals*. The panadapter tracks the KX3’s VFO frequency and filter settings via on-screen cursors. You can point and click on signals by rotating and tapping the PX3’s SELECT knob.
    With its very wide dynamic range and frequency span of up to 200 kHz, the PX3 offers better performance than most PC sound cards. It’s also one of the most sensitive panadapters available, detecting signals down to the noise floor of the KX3. A PC or Mac can still be connected to the KX3 (via the PX3) for use with logging and control programs.

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    HFC-3015 Vertical Antenna   April 10th, 2014

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    Here;s a new antenna that is coming our way that will be of interest to those with small gardens or no gardens. It is a short vertical, and when we say short we means short. It is just 6ft long. With your radios’s internal ATU it will operate on 30, 15, 12 and 10m. And with an external ATU, (or if you are the owner of KX3 or K3 with internal tuner) it will also operate on 40m and 20m. It will benefit with some form of radial system or can be mounted just above the ground. The cost is £69 and will be available as from 14th April.

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    It’s Spring and the time when many ham operators turn towards portable and mobile operation in a serious way. I recently had an enquiry referred to me by the USA manufacturers of Hustler antennas. The ham operator had heard that I had developed a way of using the well known Hustler mobile antennas in a slightly different and more user friendly way.

    The Hustler mobile whip has not changed in ages, and essentially comprises a base vertical section, a loading coil and a top adjustable whip matching unit. In other words it comprises the familiar centre loaded whip format. This design dates back to the days when mobile antennas were frequently mounted on or around the bumper area of the vehicle.

    Well today that is rarely possible and the preferred way is to use a magnetic mount on the roof. Unfortunately that presents a problem if the antenna happens to be over 6ft tall. So my method is to simply remove the lower section so that what was a centre loading coil, now becomes a base loading coil. This is achieved by using a 3/8 inch length of screwed thread which enables the coil to be mounted directly onto a standard magnetic mount. The resulting antenna is around 3ft tall and mounts easily on the roof of a vehicle.

    The question I am often asked is how does this affect the performance and the VSWR? The answer is that it has virtually no affect at all. Resonance of the antenna is primarily dictated by the coil and the top resonator. Removing the bottom section, which is normally a very tiny fraction of the total electrical length, therefore has almost no affect. The efficiency seems to be just as good and the antenna is much safer, even for high speed driving. Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised. CLICK

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