We are always happy to receive feedback on products we offer. We recently received this feedback on the Micro Start XP-1 from Antigravity batteries. They produce a quality product that will boost most vehicles and provide back-up power for your electronics.
Please read below and visit our website here for more info on these great products.
The Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start has been unbelievable. Of course you only need it when conditions are their worst. Last winter was one of the coldest on record and my Micro-Start spent most of that time in my truck. That’s below minus 20 degrees for weeks at a time. Yet, without needing a refresher charge, I have boosted several six cylinder vehicles with no issues at all. I was completely surprised to tell you the truth. I have also used it to get me out of a jam when my cell phone has been dead several times. Ya, I could leave it charging in my truck but when you get out, in my case, to eat at a restaurant, I cant be without my phone for operational reasons. The XP-1 is no bigger than a deck of cards so I could continue charging it at the table and not miss a call. I’ve also used it to run my lap top in an urgent situation. This is now part of my standard kit on the north shore.
Having said that, nearly every guy in my detachment wants one and I’m going to recommend for all the Provincial Critical Incident Commanders this year.
I received an email today from a customer, and thought that this was a great question that deserved to be shared.
“Can you tell me how the display models are powered? I want to practise with my new Elite DSI in my house. Thanks in advance, Mike”
Although we have had powered displays at the store since we first opened, we take their operation for granted, but as I thought about Mike’s question, I realise that this is something most people will not know.
For most of our displays items that require 12 volt power, we use the Alinco DM-330 MV power supply. This allows using mobile apparatus on household power. See it here.
For our display, where many units are powered on at the same time, this power supply can provide up to 32 amps of current.
For the user powering one or two devices, you would not need such a powerful supply (although you’ll have plenty of reserve power), so, in Mike’s case, he could look at a lower current power supply like this one.
To see Radioworld’s full line of power supplies, look here. If you are not sure what the right power supply is for your situation, just send us an email like Mike did, and we will be happy to offer some suggestions.
From Coiltek Manufacturing’s Find-of-the-month contest ..
September Winner’s Story
WONDERFUL WOT I have been detecting for a few years now and have always been a bit of a slowcoach. I often go out hunting with a mate and it is usual for him to cover many times more ground than me. Sometimes being slow and thorough is a good thing but for recently dropped modern coin hunting I wanted a faster way to cover more territory and reap the rewards. For these modern coin hunts I use my great old workhorse the Minelab X-TERRA 70 as it’s light, precise and a pleasure to swing.
I was very pleased when I learned that Coiltek had gained the rights (the first ever to do so) from Minelab to develop and market a new, bigger coil for the X-TERRA range of detectors and I got straight on the phone and put my order in. On the release day I was at their doorstep and purchased a new 15” 7.5Khz DD WOT coil.
I soon learned the benefits of this nice addition to my X-TERRA, it was sensitive, light for size and the TID numbers were spot on. Within a fortnight of part-time hunts it had paid for itself in coin finds. At the beach it helped me cover larger areas than I had ever done before in a typical 3 to 4 hour session and being waterproof I had no worries if I wanted to do some shallow wading.
However, I mainly I wanted to tell you about 5 park hunts over a month with this special coil. All were 3 to 4 hours long. The 1st hunt netted $68 in coin, and some silver jewellery. The 2nd was at the same park and I scored $107 and a 5gram 9ct gold ring. The 3rd was at a new park and I bagged $50 odd and a 4.9gram 22 ct gold earring. The 4th and 5th were at the another park and brought home $132 and $258 plus silver jewellery. $258 in coins had my coin bag straining at the straps with the weight but put a big grin on my face.
Coiltek’s Wonderful X-TERRA WOT works for me. NSC
You can find the full line of Coiltek Manufacturing’s Minelab metal detector coils at Radioworld, your authorised Coiltek dealer.
Minelab (and Radioworld ) is proud to partner with the Canadian Metal Detector Forums (www.canadianmetaldetecting.com) and support MDers new and old. I challenged the CMD Team to create a contest that would be fun, interesting and create further interest in our hobby. Let me tell you that nobody was disappointed.
Forum Moderator “Crusty” came up with the concept for a Newbie Contest and took the reigns from there….. Here is a link to some of the fantastic stories that were submitted but in the end, there was one story that hit home and the “Newbie” Contest Prize was awarded. Allow me to share the story from here….Mrs Radar wrote:
I have been metal detecting since last spring. I saw an article about a woman who found a large diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park on the internet one day. I watched several YouTube videos about the park and thought I would love to do that, but Arkansas is pretty far away…After watching those, I saw some videos in the “you might also be interested in” column and they were about metal detecting! After watching quite a few of those, I mentioned to my husband that I would like to try it. He bought a detector for me for Mother’s Day and I have been enjoying md’ing ever since! (My husband got his own detector 2 weeks later and we love going metal detecting together now.)
As I was recuperating from cancer surgeries and going through treatments at the time I started detecting, I found it very cathartic and it gave me a reason to get out for exercise 3-5 times a week, not to mention, I love being outdoors. Some of my favourite times have been when I was able to find lost items for people and the look of gratitude when it was returned. I would like to continue finding lost items for others (free of charge of course) and, finding other items that I get to keep is just icing on the cake!
I found both these rings on the same day. Have to say the gold one is my favorite find so far… Congratulations to Mrs Radar from Burlington, ON
But this is NOT the end of the story…..
Mrs Radar also wrote:
After picking up the new Minelab detector that I won in the Newbie contest, went out with Radar and the grandkids for a little md’ing at a local park. First two finds were modern pennies. Then I got a great signal that produced this:
It’s a $10.00 coin from the 1976 Montreal Olympics issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. Almost 1.5 ounces of fine silver! (The toonie is in the picture just to show the size of the coin.)
I can’t thank Jack from Minelab Canada and CMD enough for running the contest. This new machine is awesome!!!
Radioworld Pro Staff Danny Dunn had his Lowrance Structure Scan transducer mounted on the side of his jack plate with the standard mount supplied by Lowrance. After about a month of fishing his rusted bolt and twisted bracket needed a face lift to ensure his side imaging sonar was performing properly.
Danny’s boat has a 8″ Slidemaster jack plate which makes a perfect mounting surface for the Transducer Shield and Saver mount. The best part of all is that you don’t have to do any drilling into your boat. These mounts will use the factory holes on most jackplates. Let’s take a look at how he mounted his Lowrance LSS-2 10″ transducer with Transducer Shield and Saver. Notice the before and after pictures…what a difference!
Transducer Shield and Saver has mounting solutions for transom mount and trolling motor mount transducer. These mounts not only secure your transducer, but they also prevent it from being damaged in case of an unexpected impact.
Scott from West Lake Willows in Picton, Ontario isn’t letting the lack of ice on the Bay of Quinte stop him from getting out fishing. Here is a short video he shot recently of some winter walleye action.
Here is a great story from one of our team members Joe Pickstock on how he decided to make a difference this Christmas season by donating $1 per pound of walleye caught to the Belleville Firefighters Toy Drive. Here is his story…
“I was on the way to the boat to do one of my charters when I thought it would be kinda cool to give to the Belleville Firefighters Childrens Toy Drive. Trying to decide on an amount I thought I’ll let the walleye decide… So I decided that for every pound of walleye caught on my boat between December 1st and December 15th I would donate $1. I originally posted the info on Facebook and received a lot of positive feedback. Jack from Radioworld called me to say he really liked the idea and wanted to match my donation!
The month started off kind of slow with only a few fish a day but some we got into some bigger fish and the total started rising. Well, over the last 4 or 5 days the walleye have gotten in the holiday mood with several days with 8 or more fish, this past weekend saw over 200 lbs of walleye and our total now stands at $744.00. When asked about my goal originally I thought if we could hit $500 it would be great! So to have exceeded that by almost half as much again is simply awesome and fun.”
Great job Joe! So far the biggest fish of the month is a whopper at 14.28lbs. If you are interested in a day of fishing with Joe check out his website at http://www.pbandjcharters.com/.
Earlier in the year we worked closely with Scott Walcott from West Lake Willows resort in Picton, ON as he was outfitting his boat with electronics. Scott operates a charter boat service focusing on walleye in the Bay of Quinte and eastern Lake Ontario. We assisted him in the selection of marine electronics for his new boat he was taking delivery of in the fall.
Take a look at this video Scott made doing a quick walk through of his electronics setup.
As you can see this boat is loaded with the latest in marine electronics technology. If you are interested in a day of fishing with Scott aboard the his 26′ Wooldridge Pilot house you can contact him through his website at www.westlakewillows.com
I decided to borrow the Flex-5000A from our showroom display for a day this past weekend.
My computer situation at home is a bit different from most. The PowerSDR software is for a PC only, and I am a Mac guy. I have Windows XP SP2 (not the current SP3) running under Apple’s BootCamp, so I was somewhat concerned about having enough computer for the Flex setup. What’s nice though, is my 24″ iMac has the Firewire interface built-in, so no need to add any hardware.
I set up the radio hardware, grounded, power hooked up, firewire plugged in, antennas connected, ready to go. I installed the software, booted it all up, set my preferences, hit the start button, and I got the choppy audio at startup issue !
No problem, hit the start button again and everything is fine. Whew !
Right away I realised that my Apple mighty mouse’s swipe-to-scroll feature does not work under Windows (at least I haven’t figured out how to make it work), and I had left the USB VFO knob back at Radioworld, so I was unable to tune around, other than clicking with the mouse. I quickly discovered you can use keyboard keys to tune the vfo. Although a bit awkward at first, once you get the hang of it all, it is pretty easy to do.
Tuning around the bands, there were many stations working the ARRL Sweepstakes contest, of which I had zero interest. But this makes a good test for the Flex, as there are big signals with big splatter and bad operators. Perfect.
Off to 10 metres I called a number of Europeans, netting none of them. Hmmm. I didn’t connect my amplifier, maybe the 100 watts isn’t enough. No, couldn’t be. I noticed the power meter on the radio is staying at 0 or at best a watt or two. Hmmm. I see my audio shows really nicely on the scope, what’s wrong ?
Over to 10 metre FM, an OK2 station calling on simplex with a booming signal. I give my call and ….. no answer. Then the OK2 says he sees a carrier but there is no audio. DOH ! Mic gain is down at almost nothing. Turn it up, equalize it, and the OK2 remarks on how fantastic my audio is – five different times during our QSO. YAY ! Of course the Heil PR-781 helps too – what a fantastic microphone.
After working a few guys, it happened again. No one answered my calls, even strong stations I should work easily. Why? I was baffled. Those that have seen the PowerSDR software know there are a lot of controls on that screen – a little overwhelming at first. And after looking very closely at all those settings, I noticed my split was on and I was transmitting 5 kHz away from my listening frequency. Turn off the split and everything is good again.
Throughout the course of the day I tested the Flex on every band 160 through 6, and contacted a number of stations, avoiding the contesters. Even poking around the AM broadcast band and shortwave bands I was amazed at just how great the receiver is.
The ability to sneak in between two splattering contesters and work weak DX amazed me over and over. I saw a cluster post for T2T in Tuvulu, tuned to his frequency, and there he was around S4 working Asian stations. There were no North American stations calling him – I guess he was too weak and they couldn’t hear him through the splatter. I called one time and worked him.
“WOW”. I literally said “Wow” out loud.
Then I saw a cluster post for a station in Rarotonga. Again, weak, but surrounded by big stations, no North Americans calling because they couldn’t hear him. It’s like I have a secret weapon and they don’t. Worked him on the first call. I said it out loud again – “Wow”.
Then ZL2WX on 10 metres, really early in the day for ZL’s but there he was calling CQ with no takers. In the log, thank-you. Awesome.
Then I hear FP5BZ in St. Pierre & Miquelon working a European pileup. I thought that he will never hear me if he’s beaming Europe. Worked him on the first call.
Okay, that was easy, but now there is a pileup for D2AM in Angola, Africa. No way I’ll crack this one. Au contraire – you know where I’m going with this – worked him on the first call. Again – “Wow”.
Was this all due to conditions, my average antenna, or the FlexRadio ? Probably all three. Most of these guys are weak or surrounded by the contesters, so this is where the Flex 5000 really shines.
This went on for the rest of the day. Whether they were new countries to me or not, if they seemed weak and unworkable, I worked them all. The Flex really flexed it’s muscle. All at 100 watts and a modest triband beam at 30 feet – nothing special.
My iMac did not have any issues running the Flex setup, never showing more than 30% CPU load, even with both receivers active and all the bells and whistles on. I had web browsers open, logging software running, and antivirus software running at the same time.
After the initial plug in of the firewire cable, I never had to think about it again.
After packing it all up to return it, I must say it was a fantastic experience. I definitely was a “big radio with a VFO” guy until I gave the FlexRadio a chance. There are one or two comparable big box radios, but none at a better price or even close to it.