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Radioworld presents Bob Heil – Saturday July 12, 2014

Radioworld presents Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee Bob Heil

– Saturday July 12, 2014 at the BARC Hamfest, Milton Ontario!

Heil Day Screen

Bob will host two workshops;

The first hour will start with the 10 minute DVD and cover the proper use of microphone, adjusting transmitter EQ, performance demonstrations, etc.

The second hour will start with a different DVD – about 8 minutes and then spend time doing live demonstrations on improving receiving audio set ups and covering some of the actual science of Audio…   How it affects everything about Amateur Radio operations.

This is one for the record books….. See you there!

About Bob Heil (source Wikipedia)

Bob Heil (October 5, 1940) is an American sound and radio engineer most well known for creating the template for modern rock sound systems. He founded the company Heil Sound in 1966, which went on to create unique touring sound systems for bands such as The Grateful Dead and The Who. He invented the Heil Talk Box in 1973, which was frequently used by musicians such as Peter FramptonJoe Walsh and Richie Sambora, and is still in use today.

Heil has been an innovator in the field of amateur radio, manufacturing microphones and satellite dishes for broadcasters and live sound engineers. In the late 1980s Heil Sound became one of the first American companies to create and install Home Theaters, and Heil has lectured at major electronic conventions and taught classes at various institutions.

He has won multiple awards and honors, and in 2007 he became the first manufacturer to be invited to exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2014 Ham Radio Field Day report

As an  annual tradition the Amateur Radio community holds its annual field day event on the last weekend in June. This event showcases the spirit of ham radio in a friendly competition but more importantly prepares them for emergency operation by setting up stations in remote areas with nothing more then backup generatorsfor power etc…

It is nice to see the local media supporting this event by providing some great coverage in local community newspapers…

Here are links to three clubs  covered by the media

Peel/Mississauga clubs coverage

York Region club coverage

Why not contact a club next year and plan to attend one of these great events and get a taste of a great hobby.

Leo

 

 

 

 

Announcing the Merger of Alpha Amplifiers and Tentec!

Announcing the Merger of Alpha Amplifiers & Tentec

rfc merger

Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC Merge Under RF Concepts Banner

LONGMONT, Colo.- May 9, 2014 – Announcing today the merger of Longmont, Colorado -based RF Concepts LLC / Alpha Amplifiers and Sevierville, Tenn.-based TEN-TEC Inc., RF Concepts Chairman Michael Seedman, AA6DY, declared the union the perfect combination of amateur radio brands. The merger creates a multi-million-dollar company with products that span QRP transceivers to full-legal-limit amplifiers and establishes an organization with the size and scale to continue to innovate into the next decade and beyond.

 

RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers has been building amplifiers continuously since the early 1970s and has put more than 13,000 amplifiers in the hands of demanding amateur radio operators. Alpha Amplifiers are considered “the finest line of linear amplifiers in the world” by the ham community. TEN-TEC, founded in 1968, produces top-of-the-line receivers, transceivers, amplifiers and tuners and is known worldwide for the reliability and performance of its products.

“For more than 40 years, Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC have shared a reputation in the amateur radio market for offering exceptionally well-engineered, American-made products backed by extraordinary customer service,” said Seedman. “Alpha Amplifiers is known for ‘key down performance,’ and TEN-TEC is known for pushing the boundaries of transceiver performance and capabilities.

“The merger of these brands under the RF Concepts banner makes perfect sense,” added Seedman, “not only in terms of creating a powerful product line, but also in terms of positioning our company for the future. This merger more than doubles the size of our business allowing us to invest more capital in innovative engineering and customer-driven product development.”

RF Concepts’ operations will now be shared between its Longmont Colorado facility and its Sevierville Tennessee facility. The company is currently seeking a new operations facility in the Sevierville area to more efficiently house factory operations, part of the engineering resources, and technical and customer support services. The Colorado facility will house engineering resources, technical and customer support services, and much of the front-office operations.

Both Jim Wharton, NO4A, who in January of this year took the reins of TEN-TEC upon the retirement of founder Jack Burchfield, K4JU and Ken Long, N0QO, who has been overseeing the operations at Alpha Amplifiers will be Presidents of their respective group, working together to build a strong, innovative company.

“Ken and I have spent quite a bit of time discussing our short- and long-term focus over the last few weeks and I feel our responsibilities are very clearly defined.”, said Wharton.

“Jim and I have a lot of work to do to make sure the merging of these two brands goes as smoothly as possible.” added Long.

The merger announcement comes just days before one of the signature amateur radio events in North America-the Dayton (Ohio) Hamvention-where more than 75,000 hams are expected to converge on the Hara Arena Complex to discover the latest innovations in amateur radio. Both Alpha Amplifiers and TEN-TEC will operate separate booths at this years show (May 16 – 18). Both booths will feature new products and special offers to commemorate the merger. At booths 209-210 in the North Hall, Alpha Amplifiers will be demonstrating the soon-to-be released DreamTuner 4040 Automatic Antenna Tuner, a graphically based, 4KW Autotuner. At booths 458-450 in the East Hall, TEN-TEC will unveil the Patriot, an open source, arduino-based SSB transceiver.

About RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers

RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers manufactures high-end linear amplifiers for ham radio enthusiasts. Based in Longmont, Colo., the company is known worldwide for its quality amplifiers. Alpha Amplifiers have been continuously manufactured in the United States since the early 1970s.

About TEN-TEC

TEN-TEC Inc. was founded in 1968 to provide beautifully engineered, well-crafted, well-supported and high-performing products to the amateur radio market. For 46 years the Sevierville, Tenn.-based company has passionately designed, crafted and tested premium products which have earned the company a solid reputation and loyal brand followers throughout the world.

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Motorcycle season is coming soon!!

As winter continues to keep a grip on us, lots of people are already thinking about the up coming riding season. this was evident at the last motorcycle show which had great attendance.

With that i would like to talk about some of the great product Radioworld sells to enhance your motorcycle riding experience,

As most people know Garmin makes some of the best GPS products in the industry and with no exception is the Zumo lineup of motorcycle purpose built GPS products.

 zumo 660LM zumo 390LMThe Zumo 660LM is a fully featured motorcycle GPS, it offers full North America mapping with all the required mounting hardware for both bike and car, dual-channel Bluetooth to support both a cell phone and Bluetooth helmet headset.Plus lifetime mapping updates  Check it out here The Zumo 665LM has all the same features plus it adds XM satellite radio. The Zumo 350LM has all the same great features plus some very cool bike specific features, such as curvy road routing, optional tire pressure sensors and maintenance logs, take a look at the Zumo 350LM here

We also offer many difference rider to rider and rider to passenger communication options from companies such as J&M, Scala Rider, Uclear and Sena, this allow riders to communicate with other riders or passengers, answer a phone call, or listen to your favorite tunes on the road.

We also have not forgotten about the Amateur Radio operators, we have a very limited supply of in helmet headsets that will allow you to use your Kenwood, Icom or Yeasu handheld radio on the bike. these are extremely limited at $25.00 each, drop by the store or call our store at 416-667-1000 to discuss your needs

Would you like to record your on the road adventures? POV cameras from GoPro and Garmin will allow you to preserve some of your great riding adventures.

 VIRB Elite Hero3+ Black

Thanks

Leo

Boxing Week Specials

Radioworld is having its biggest and best Boxing Week Sale from December 26 thru December 31st, 2013.  Take advantage of HUGE SAVINGS on all of your favourite stuff now!

Page 1 Boxing Week NO TAX LO RES

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Plus some *GREAT DEALS on selected Garmin GPS products:
(*in stock items only)

Approach S1        $170      Edge 500 Bundle  $270         Edge 800              $375
Etrex 20 Bundle $170      ForeRunner 10      $140         Forerunner 110 $140
ForeRunner 310 $270     GPSMAP 62             $170         GPSMAP62S        $200
GPSMAP 78          $180      GPSMAP78S           $275         Oregon 450          $195
Oregon 450TC     $250      Oregon 550             $275         Oregon 550T       $400
Nuvi 54LM            $130      Zumo 350LM          $600         Echo 100               $  70
Echo 150                $85        Echo150 Portable $160         Echo 200               $145
Echo 300C              $200     Echo 500C               $225         Echo 550               $300 
GPSMAP 421        $325     GPSMAP 421S         $385         GPSMAP 521S     $399
GPSMAP 541S     $525      GPSMAP 546S        $650         GPSMAP 720S     $800
GPSMAP 740S     $899      GPSMAP 5012        $2800       GPSMAP 5015     $420
GPSMAP 5215     $4400

NEW!!! ICOM 7100 now on display

The long awaited ICOM 7100 is now on display, limited stock on hand. Icom’s latest addition to the world of all-mode, mobile HF, 6/2/440 radios is now on display..

Icom 7100 on display
Icom 7100 on display

 

Touch Screen Control Portal

An amateur radio first! The radio control head features a large, multi-function, “touch screen”‘ DOT-Matrix LCD display that is positioned for easy view and operation. This is an important feature as the controller display not only provides information, but is your control portal to the IC-7100’s feature settings and menus.

Control Head

Breaking the the concept that a radio panel should be flat, the IC-7100’s control head is designed for an optimal view angle for the LCD as well as the spacing for large fingers, and plent of room to have a large, internal speaker along with a CW keyjack, phone/speaker, microphone, and control cable.

D-STAR READY*

The IC-7100 provides D-STAR DV mode digital voice and low speed data communication.

(* No info on operations bands beyond 2m/70cm)

IF DSP features

The latest 32-bit floating point DSP supports many digital processing features such as digital IF filter, twin PBT, manual notch filters. Of course, those highgrade digital processing features work on all ham bands, from HF to the 70cm band.

Other Features:

  • Built-in SD Card Slot for voice storage and data cloning
  • Dual DSP chips deliver versatile digital processing performance
  • Built-in RTTY demodulator and decoder
  • Multi-function meter
  • SWR graphic display
  • DSP controller RF speech compressor
  • Total of 505 memory channels
  • Voice recording and playback functions
  • ± 0.5ppm high frequency stability
  • Optional RS-BA1 IP control remote control software

Supplied Accessories:

  • Hand microphone
  • DC power cable
  • Electronic keyer plug
  • Spare fuses
  • Key plug
  • ACC cable
  • Separation cable

Back Panel

DVAP/DV Dongle coming soon to Radioworld

Radioworld is pleased to announce we will be carrying the exciting DVAP and DV dongle products.

 

dvdongle

 

The DV Dongle connects to your PC or Apple Mac via a USB port and provides encoding and decoding of compressed audio using the DVSI AMBE2000 full duplex vocoder DSP chip.  AMBE technology is used in all D-Star radios to provide efficient voice transmissions.  It is also used in some HF digital protocols by vendors like AOR.  The DVTool application used with the DV Dongle may be installed and run on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X Leopard, or many flavours of Linux. This allows you full access to the DSTAR network from your computer using a quality headset.

We are also carrying the very popular DVAP, (Digital Voice Access Point Dongle)

dvap

 

The DV Access Point Dongle connects to your PC or Intel based Mac via a USB port and provides a 2 meter or 70 cm Access Point for use with a D-STAR radio.  Using an Internet connection, a user may connect to and communicate with D-STAR gateways and reflectors around the world.  The DVAPTool application used with the DV Access Point Dongle may be installed and run on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X Leopard/Snow Leopard, or many flavors of Linux.

Look for these great D-Star products in store soon…

 

Regards

Leo