Thursday, June 8, 2017 and NooElec SDR Package Giveaway and NooElec SDR Package Giveaway:
NooElec and have teamed up to give away Software-Defined Radio (SDR) Receiver Packages to 30 lucky ham radio operators worldwide! …plus NooElec will even pay the shipping worldwide! 
The deadline to enter is 14 June 2017 at 18:00 UTC.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

TYT MD-380 to MD-2017 Code Plug

It's DMR all the time...

Retevis RT82: Dual Band DMR HT

Also via Radiosification (comment)...

Retevis Facebook Page:
"RT82 is coming, DMR dual band, similar with MD2017, We R&D with TYT and another company. Software and functions are Programming based on RT3. RT82 can be used for business(like hotel,KTV, big mall, construction site,Logistics,school...), outdoor sports(like hiking,climbing,camping,CS,surfing...), and hams. Ailunce is a brand mainly for R&D hams products. HD1 is the first radio we R&D by ourselves,collecting advice and tips from hams. RT82 has a wider use range. HD1 mainly for hams. You can choose according to your needs.Your satisfaction is our goal. Thanks for your support to Retevis."

Ailunce HD1 Dual-Band HT

The Ailunce HD1 Dual-band DMR HT:
Newest Information of Retevis Ailunce HD1 Digital Mobile Radio
The sample radio of Ailunce HD 1 has been produced out now, and the next step is TESTING. When a new product coming out, it needs to test the communication quality, communication distance, battery charging time, battery working time, frequency programming, other fetures and the accessories compatibility. Then it will be available for all the customers to purchase. Please don’t worry. I will update the newest information to you by the blog. 
Ailunce HD1 is True 2 Slot
Ailunce HD1 provide 2 slot communication, which allows 2 talk paths on one frequency. It could connect the repeater, and it also compatible with Mototrobo Tier Ⅰ&Ⅱ. 
Dual Band Digital Mobile Radio Ailunce HD1
Ailunce HD 1 is dual band handheld radio, it supports VHF 136-174 MHz, and UHF 400– 480 MHz, most digital radios only have single UHF frequency or VHF frequency.  Ailunce HD1 is the combination of them. so it is more powerful than others.
And a little more here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Connect Systems: CS108G X108G

Connect Systems has the CS108G for $349:
"As you probably know by now, the CS108G is the X108G with slightly different firmware. The hardware is identical. 
Because of non support from Xiegu, we are discontinuing the CS108G Radio and selling at our cost. The radios seem to work fine in CW and AM mode but have problems in SSB mode. Some radios work fine but the majority of radios do not. The problems in the SSB mode is as follows: 
1. Spike in the transmitter when PTT first pressed in SSB mode which last 1-2 seconds
2. Continous carrier in SSB mode even when not speaking...3. Hum even when speaking in SSB mode. 
From what other people have confirmed on this site, these problems have been known for a long time but have never been resolved.
Call our office at 818 889 0503 if you want to purchase these radios as is. We will not warranty these radios at these prices."

Friday, June 2, 2017


I learned about SatNOGS via the HamRadio 360 Hamvention Day 1 Review. SatNOGS is:
"a global management interface to facilitate multiple ground station operations remotely. An observer is able to take advantage of the full network of SatNOGS ground stations around the world. It's part of the SatNOGS project."
And speaking of satellites, this is a cool visualization of stuff in space (via @InfoSec208).

Thursday, June 1, 2017

BaoFeng Tech X-Series Mobiles

I'm way behind on the BaoFeng Tech mobiles, so I'm spending some time looking at them. Who all grabbed one of these? Comments? The UV-25X4 has the highest ratings on Amazon - averaging 4.6 stars over 21 reviews.

The X-Series:
"The X-Series Mobiles introduce our new fully customizable Multi-Color LCD display screen. You can adjust the complete display to be exactly as you want it (with 9 available colors across 10 display elements). Beyond the display, you can fully customize your channels to display their alpha-numeric names or frequency settings.
The X-Series Mobiles also introduces our new dual sync mode! With this option, you can single or dual sync two different channels and display both their frequency and name simultaneously. If you prefer instead to monitor up to four channels; you can single line display a channel's name or frequency. Additionally, as a new feature added: you can even monitor both VFO (frequency) and channel modes simultaneously.

Another feature introduced in the X-Series mobiles is the ability to edit your channel preferences without needing to program a new channel! You can edit tones, additional squelch information, and even add or remove it from your scanning list anytime!

Scanning channels and frequencies has now gotten even easier! A new menu allows you to select scanning resume methods. You can set the radio to start scanning immediately during reboot, resume scanning if you interrupt scanning to transmit, or start scanning soon as it powers on."

BTECH UV-25X2 - 25 watt dual band mobile
BaoFeng Tech link
Amazon link ($114.89)

BTECH UV-25X4 - 25 watt quad band mobile

TYT MD-2017: Pricing

BuyTwoWayRadios: $219

Grapevine: $219 (Use coupon GARMD2017 for $40 off.)

Which leads me to this article on pricing on the MD-2017.


"Smartphones sales are cooling, tablets are sinking, and PCs are stagnant — but demand for drones just keeps on growing. As this chart from Statista shows, consumer drone sales in the US have increased sharply over the past few years, and are expected to keep growing."
And you won't have to register them with the FAA anymore.


It's everywhere!