Category Archives: Amateur Radio

Icom’s D-STAR PARTY STARTS NOW… FREE SHIPPING ON D-STAR RADIOS

Radioworld is now offering FREE SHIPPING on all Icom D-STAR products from September 11-24th, 2017! Don’t miss out on the savings, order today!

There is no better time to join in on the fun than get yourself an Icom D-Star Transceiver from Radioworld and join in on the fun September 22nd through the 24th…

More information about the D-STAR QSO PARTY is found at… PARTY WITH ICOM

Flex Maestro Available Again, and now Shipping

Good news from FlexRadio Systems…

Maestro

Dear Maestro Customers,

First of all, we would like to offer you our sincere thanks for your patience while we resolved a major issue with a critical subsystem supplier for Maestro! Unfortunately, last year the supplier changed a critical interface component but did not meet their own specifications. Proper adherence to the industry standard specification is critical to proper operation of Maestro. The spec compliance problem was escalated to the highest executive levels within the company but the issues still took significant time and expense to resolve.

We are thankful to report that the issues have now been resolved. Maestro has been released to manufacturing and all the parts are either in house or on order. We currently are on track to resume shipments in September. The production line should be in full force within a couple weeks after startup.

As we approach the actual start of shipments we will begin reaching out to those who have been waiting the longest. We expect that it will take us several weeks to make it through the substantial backlog. When we contact you we will provide you with the opportunity to modify your order as needed as well as submit any remaining payments.

Thank you once again for your extraordinary patience and continued support of FlexRadio Systems!

73,
Gerald K5SDR

You can see the FlexRadio Maestro, available from Radioworld, here.

 

Smart SDR Version 2.0 Now Available

FlexRadio Smart SDR Ver 2.0 Now available!
FlexRadio Smart SDR Ver 2.0 Now available!

Remote operation made beautifully simple. That’s the best way to describe the new SmartLink capability included in SmartSDR Version 2.0 available immediately for download. Finally, remote operation that just works. No boxes to buy, no complicated VPN to set up, no remote desktop, no computer required, and no complexity. Just download, upgrade, purchase, register, and operate from anywhere at any time. Remote so simple it’s practically magic!

When you register your radio on the FlexRadio cloud server, you have the convenient option of using your Google or Facebook login or create your own secure account credentials. From that point you can securely connect from any remote Maestro, PC, Laptop, iPhone, or iPad. If you have multiple radios, they all show up in the radio chooser. Simply select the radio and our server securely connects the remote client device directly to the radio so you can operate just as you would running SmartSDR at your home station. You can even use logging applications remotely using the new SmartLink enabled SmartSDR CAT interface.

In addition to SmartLink we have added a number of new features and enhancements including:

  • Pop out panadapters and control windows on SmartSDR for Windows
  • New metering sidebar for Maestro
  • 40 dB preamp gain for increased VHF sensitivity on FLEX-6700/6700R
  • Improved single tone and two tone dynamic range on the FLEX-6300
  • New N1MM spectrum feature with spot integration
  • New VSP driver for SmartSDR CAT
  • New TURF for Australia, and IARU Region 2
  • Numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements

If you own any FLEX-6000 Series radio, download SmartSDR v2.0 right now to get started. If you own a FLEX-6500 or FLEX-6700 Limited Edition or previously purchased the v2.0 upgrade simply download and upgrade. Your radio is already set up on our server. If you want to learn more you can read the SmartSDR v2.0 FAQ, SmartLink for Windows and SmartLink for Maestro Quick Start Guide, and updated SmartSDR v2.0 Operating Manual.

Also, be sure take a look at this helpful setup tutorial by WO2X: https://youtu.be/Umt3q0Uwk0Y

Simplicity is beautiful.

Icom Announces the new ID-4100A

Icom has released a sneak preview of their new ID-4100A Dual band D-Star transceiver.

Some cool new features (see the image below) are coming soon.
Bluetooth option, D-Star Repeater mode, and Terminal and access point mode, are just a few of the exciting capabilities.
No pricing yet, but we will be carrying this new D-Star mobile when it becomes available.

 

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FlexRadio Meet & Greet at Radioworld

FlexRadio Systems and Radioworld are pleased to announce a visit by Gerald Youngblood K5SDR, and Matt Youngblood KD5FGE, on Friday , March 18, 2017 from 2 – 5 pm.
Come see them at Radioworld, 4335 Steeles Avenue West in Toronto. If you need directions, please click here.

flex-6000There will be a meet and greet for FlexRadio owners, however everyone is welcome to join us. You can also hear about the new FlexRadio PowerGenius XL amplifier !

FlexRadio Maestro

If you can’t make it to Radioworld on Friday, you can see Gerald and Matt at Ham-Ex 2017 the following day, at the Brampton Fairgrounds.
There will be live demonstrations of the FlexRadio 6000 series radios and Maestro controller.

For information and directions to Ham-Ex, please visit the Ham-Ex website here.

Have you worked VE100VIMY ?

CBC News features Ron Huybers, VY2HR, in an article on the special event station VE100VIMY. The special event callsign celebrates the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which occurred 100 years ago this year.

You can read the CBC article entitled “Ham radio operators spread the word about Battle of Vimy Ridge” here .

You can read more about Vimy Ridge here.
You can read more about special event callsigns from Industry Canada here.
And of course, you can find your best Amateur Radio deals, service and customer service here.

FlexRadio Systems PowerGenius XL Full Legal Limit Amplifier

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FlexRadio Systems has introduced their PowerGenius XL HF amplifier.

You can see Gerald Youngblood K5SDR tell you about this amazing product here.

The PowerGenius XL is a 100% duty cycle, legal limit (1500W ICAS) 1.8-54 MHz RF amplifier intended for both amateur and government use.  It incorporates a pair of modern NXP 1K5H LDMOS transistors that are individually capable of 1.5 kW thus providing plenty of headroom for lowest IMD and spurious output. Efficiency and spurious performance are also enhanced through the use of diplexed filters.

Multiple band selection methods are supported including CAT, CI-V, BCD band decode and Ethernet.  When connected to a FLEX-6000 transceiver, band selection is fully automated through the Ethernet connection.  Even T/R control is provided over the Ethernet connection to further minimize wiring. In addition, all amplifier status reporting including power levels, fault conditions and resets are reported to the FLEX-6000 Signature Series transceiver using the SmartSDR API.  SmartSDR client interfaces such as SmartSDR for Windows, Maestro and others can display power levels and other reported statuses.

For remote operation with other HF radio exciters, an Ethernet API or friendly Windows and Android applications can control the PowerGenius XL. For contest operation, the PowerGenius XL is SO2R capable with two inputs and two outputs for two sources and antennas and the rapid band switching eliminates the need for two amplifiers. A single FLEX-6700 and PowerGenius XL comprises a complete SO2R station at half the cost of competing solutions.

The Power Genius XL amplifier will be priced competitively with specific pricing and availability announced after FCC and CE certification has been achieved. Power Genius XL will be packaged to complement FlexRadio’s FLEX-6000 Signature Series transceivers.

SPECIFICATIONS

PA Specifications

  • RF Power Output: 1500W (ICAS)
  • Exciter Drive Level: 50W
  • Transistors: NXP 1K5H x 2
  • Exciter Inputs:1 SO-239 x 2
  • Antenna Outputs: SO-239 x 2
  • Antenna Impedance (w/o tuner): 50 Ohm Unbalanced
  • Cooling: Thermostatically controlled fans

Mechanical

  • Height: 5″ (13 cm)
  • Width: 13″ (33 cm)
  • Depth: 17″ (43 cm)
  • Weight: 33 lbs (15 kgs)
  • Operating Temperature Range: TBD

Electrical

  • Input Voltage:2 90 – 250VAC, 50/60 Hz
  • Power Supply: Modular internal switching

Specifications subject to change without notice.
1-SO2R configuration
2-Maximum RF power output achieved using 220 VAC

MFJ-1026 Signal Enhancer and Noise Canceller

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We’ve recently put MFJ’s 1026 Signal enhancer and noise canceller through its paces.

And were we impressed !

See the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e95hlEJsxEU

There is a bit of adjustments / peaking and tweaking required, but once you have it correctly adjusted it really enhances operations. We show how it turns a noisy band into a band full of signals.

We do not recommend using the included small telescoping antenna. You need to use an external decent antenna for it to work properly.

Watch the video, then order yours online here .