International Ham Store Group December 19th, 2016
Many readers of this blog will be aware of the formation of this new group based at Portsmouth in the UK. This is great news for customers because it means that this new group will be able to bring a wide range of exciting products to the ham radio operator at competitive prices and with excellent backup service. We will continue to offer great part exchange facilities and also be able to arrange collection of your trade-in gear.
Here at Waters and Stanton we are preparing to move to Portsmouth at the beginning of April. We already have in place a warehouse facility in Portsmouth and some mail order products will come from this warehouse. This facility will shortly become the central hub for the despatch of all our products. But our retail counter at Hockley and our service facilities will continue as usual during the teansitional period.
The Lie from ML&S December 19th, 2016
Martin Lynch Trouble December 16th, 2016
The Martin Lynch company, have been found out out sending emails to our ham radio suppliers making false claims that were intended to cause maximum damage to W&S. This is a most serious and foolhardy action which says a lot about the Company and its owners. This information is now being handled by the legal authorities who will now handle this
External Speaker for KX2 and KX3 December 5th, 2016
There can be little doubt about the popularity of the two Elecraft QRP transceivers. They offer unparalleled performance whether used for bases station or portable operation. In fact the receive performance is better than most base station transceivers.
I know that a number of operators have tried using both of these transceivers for mobile operation. In fct, I myself, have operated HF mobile with both radios but, I hasten to add, as a passenger! If I use my iPhone headset for listening, it is fine. But the internal speaker is just not man enough for the job when competing with road noise. So I have been working on an amplified speaker arrangement that works with both transceivers.
anybody who has tried plugging a standard speaker into the KX2 or KX3 will know that the output is very low and in fact achieves nothing, The only available audio output is fro the headphone socket but not able to drive a speaker. Hardly surprising really. It s probably a combination of impedance matching and absolute outout levels that causes the limitation.
The speaker in the illustration above is a prototype and gives significantly more power output than that ached using the internal speaker, probably as much as some base transceiver designs. The remote speaker I am usng has a somewhat more fuller frequency response as a result of it being a lot larger than the internal Elecraft ones. But the total size is not too large to be used in a compact base station setup as shown.
Once tests are completed we will probably offer this unit as an accessory for the KX2 and KX3. We plan to provide a DC lead terminated in a cigar socket to make mobile installation easy. Customers who wish to connect direct to power supply terminals can simply cut the plug and make a direct wire connection.
A Dedicated Headset for ICOM IC-7300 November 25th, 2016
Many ham operators are now using headsets for base station operation. This permits hands free operation, or permits the operation of a PC and logging programs. etc.
Here is a dedicated headset ready wired to go straight into the ICOM IC-7300. There are actually two models. The PMD-IC is a dual headphone headset whilst the PMS-IC is a single headset.
Peter Waters G3OJV
Heil Microphones – Making The Connection November 15th, 2016
We just published another video giving advice and help on how to connect up your Heil microphone to your radio.
ICOM Keep Their Scanner Receiver Production Going November 14th, 2016
The scanning receiver has been around for a good many years now. There are still plenty of basic models around that cover FM and AM reception, but there are far fewer upmarket models around. Currently the leader are Icom and AOR.
Icom’s IC-R20 has been in production for quite a time and in recent times, more and more transmissions are digital. Icon clearly realised that they need to address this issue and the result is the announcement of their new IC-R30. This will offer decoding of D-Star as well as other digital modes. The demo model was unveiled at the recent Tokyo Ham Radio Fair and we have published what details we know so far in the from of a video.
Peter Waters G3OJV
ICOM ANNOUNCE IC-7610 November 14th, 2016
Icom’s IC-7600 has been a firm favourite for HF fans and rightly so. It offers great performance, and has a lovely front panel display and performance to match. But the launch of the IC-7300 SDR design earlier this year clearly has encouraged ICOM to build on this success and turn their attention to an up-markey model. The result is the aouncement of the IC-7610 at the recent Tokyo Ham Radio Fair. We have published a video on what we know so far about this radio. So please check it out.
Peter Waters G3OJV
HF Mobile Antennas November 14th, 2016
I regularly take phone calls from hams who either want advice or have a problem about fitting an HF mobile antenna to their vehicle. There are totally different requirements for fitting HF antennas to a vehicle compared with that of fitting a VHF antenna. On HF the antenna is a much smaller fraction of a wavelength and the bandwidth is much narrower. Efficiency is also potentially much less and so a proper installation is absolutely key to bet performance.
Watch the latest video on this:
Peter Waters G3OJV.