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Super Deal on Cobra Marine VHF Fixed Mount radios

We made a HUGE purchase of MR F55-D fixed-mount marine Class-D VHF radios from Cobra, and are passing along the savings !

Cobra MRF55D only $ 89 !

Regular price is $ 129, now only $ 89 !
Compare to US pricing at $ 139.

This unit has features usually reserved for more costly VHF radio units including Dual Watch, Dot Matrix Display Area, an adjustable backlight, and function keys on the mic.

The Cobra MR F55 is a full function, Class-D,  DSC-capable VHF radio. Its compact design and included flush and bracket mounting kits make it great for any installation. The selectable 1 or 25 Watt output is perfect for short or long-range communication.

These are brand-new radios with a three year warranty. Limited to stock on hand, no backorders, available in white only.

The Flex Insider – It’s Q4. Where’s My Radio?

A Word from the CEO

I am sure some of you are asking that question so we wanted to provide the answer. The short version is that units will begin shipping to our beta team in November with general availability units to follow in the first quarter.   A more detailed explanation of the reasoning is as follows:

In development of the FLEX-6000 Signature Series, we have consistently assumed the position that it is more important to do things right the first time than to take shortcuts. Many times in software development there are design decisions where one can choose to quickly “hard code” for the short term rather than to take the time to architect a long term solution or “framework.” We have simply made the decision to architect a solid framework so that we deliver a product that will last for years to come.

While the FLEX-6000 Series resembles radio architectures FlexRadio currently delivers to its government customers, the new transceivers are unlike any other commercial amateur radio products on the market. Though we are leveraging the work we did for our commercial customers and have redirected our resources from this project to our amateur project, we are not duplicating it, hence the additional development time. Think of the FLEX-6000 Series as a “platform” for delivering radio applications. Some of those applications are obvious and some of the most interesting are not so obvious. When building a platform, it is important not only to implement the common use cases but to plan for the future ones as well.

So where are we? We are currently developing on four parallel paths: FPGA Digital Signal Processing (DSP), radio software/Application Programming Interface (API) for the business logic and base-band DSP, Graphical User Interface development (GUI), and GUI integration to the radio API. We are also performing a detailed use case analysis to make sure we have covered all the bases in the design.

Most of the major component modules and the GUI framework are in place and we have begun integration of the GUI with the radio’s network API. We are streaming real signals over the network to real spectral displays running on the real GUI with real audio playing through the speaker. We are hard at work to complete integration and testing and are focusing on completing the coding of the various use cases.

On the hardware front, our contract manufacturing partner, Austin Manufacturing Services (AMS), is in the process of building pre-production radios. Pre-production is where you build production ready hardware in low volume to work out any production kinks. We expect this process to be completed during the month of November. Assuming all goes well in testing the pre-production units, we will be prepared to release and ramp production volumes when the software is ready.

Our team is highly motivated and working hard toward the goal of delivering a radio that you will enjoy and be proud to own for many years. We also want it to be a radio that we are proud to deliver. That is why we call it the “Signature Series.” Thank you for placing your confidence in FlexRadio and for extending your patience while we bring you the best radio we know how to provide.

73,
Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR President & CEO

Are You Ready for Bad Weather ?

 

Are you prepared for some of the big summer storms?
How do you know when a storm is coming ?
What if you are asleep ?
What if your radio or tv is not on ?

Here is a news report from our friend Natalie at the Weather Network.

Check out our website for a great selection of weather radios starting at $40.00

FlexRadio PowerSDR v2.3.5 is now available for download

FlexRadio Systems is pleased to announce the general availability of the newest release of PowerSDR, version 2.3.5 intended for use with the SDR-1000, FLEX-1500, FLEX-3000 and FLEX-5000 software defined radios.  PowerSDR v2.3.5 has several new significant features, existing feature enhancements and bug fixes.
We recommend that all customers upgrade to v2.3.5 (see the links to the left).  PowerSDR v2.3.5 is not a maintenance release of version 2.2.3 therefore it is highly recommended that you review the PowerSDR v2.3.5 Release Notes, particularly the section “Known Issues or Recommendations with New Features Included in this Release”, before installing and operating your software defined radio with PowerSDR v2.3.5.  This release contains significant changes to PowerSDR’s internal database schema and as such, there are some caveats related to importing data from previous versions of PowerSDR along with new database import requirements and compliance measures.
While the improvements are too numerous to detail, the following is a list of major changes since the previous official release, PowerSDR v2.2.3

  1. Support for new channelized 60 meter band changes and the addition of a visual Channel Mode for PowerSDR
  2. VAC for RX2 (VAC2). VAC2 is available only for use with the FLEX-5000 equipped with a second receiver (RX2)
  3. The maximum VAC sampling rate (SR) has been upgraded to support 96 and 192 KHz
  4. Expanded TX Profiles now saves all significant transmit related PowerSDR settings
  5. RX2 disconnect on transmit
  6. TNF now works properly with ANF so both can be used in a complimentary manner
  7. Expanded TX Profiles now saves all significant transmit related PowerSDR settings
  8. The management of Memories in PowerSDR has been improved to include an automatic DB backup and recovery mechanism in addition to committing memory changes to the memory DB on copy, add and delete operations
  9. Session specific and previous database backups are created for recovery purposes
  10. PowerSDR Database import requirement compliance to prevent applications errors and anomalous behavior of your radio
  11. There are six (6) new PowerSDR skins available. There are five new IK3VIG 2012 skins and a new default skin
  12. New CAT commands to support PowerSDR features
  13. Updated FLEX-1500 USB driver

Thanks to so many of you who have provided constructive feedback during the development process.We would like to express our special appreciation to our internal alpha/beta team for their tireless testing of internal test releases.
– The FlexRadio Software Development & Product Management team

 

You can download PowerSDR v2.3.5 here.

Icom Spring Savings Rebates

Starting today, March 1st 2012, purchases made on the handheld Icom M36 will receive a mail in rebate of $30.  If you are in the market for a fixed mount VHF radio the M412 also has a mail in rebate for $20.  These rebates apply to purchases from March 1st 2012 until April 30th 2012.

We have a wide array of VHF antennas in stock for the M412 as well.

-Lawren

2012 Toronto International Boat Show

The month of January in Toronto marks an exciting time for boaters and on the water enthusiasts as the week long Toronto International Boat Show takes place between January 14th and 22nd 2012.  This year Radioworld will be leaving a big footprint on the show as we will be there with our biggest booth yet full of electronics and boating accessories!

You’ll find some of the best deals we have ever been able to offer on marine electronics.  We will have our expert staff on hand to answer all your questions and help you select the right electronics for your boat.

Some of the highlights that we will have on display include the Simrad NSS, Garmin auto-routing chartplotters, and Maretron NMEA2000 networking products.

Be sure to check out some of the seminars on NMEA2000 presented by Ken Harrison of Maretron and Robin Martel of Actisense to learn more about this awesome technology that makes boating even more enjoyable.

Be sure to come by the show and visit the Radioworld booth in Hall G, Booth 458

See you there…

-Lawren

Get your ADVANCED Amateur Radio License

The Mississauga Amateur Radio Club (MARC) VE3MIS is again conducting a course for hams to acquire their Advanced License qualification. Hams in the Mississauga and surrounding area are invited to join in taking the course.

The course begins Monday January 9th 2012 at 7 PM at the Red Cross Meals On Wheels, 2445 Dunwin Drive, Mississauga. The classroom is close to Winston Churchill and Dundas Street in Mississauga. The cost is $30 and students are requested to become MARC members which is an additional $30 for a single memberships. Reduced fees are available for full time university/college or high school students.

We will use the RAC Advanced Study Guide on CDROM for the text supplemented by instructor notes and slides. Students may order the RAC Advanced Study Guide at the first class if they do not already own a copy.

The course includes the Industry Canada examination.

For additional information:
1) email: Earle VE3XEL at “ve3xel@rac.ca” or call 905-823-1345
2) read the attached flyer
3) visit our website: www.marc.on.ca

We will be holding a graduation ceremony [aka “Pizza Nite”] at the club station VE3MIS on Thursday January 19th at 7:00PM to award the Basic Top Score $50 gift certificate from Radioworld.

73,
Earle VE3XEL
Mississauga Amateur Radio Club (MARC)

 

Comedian Tim Allen Stars as Radio Amateur on New TV Show

Tim Allen — star of Home Improvement, Toy Story, The Santa Clause and Galaxy Quest, just to name a few — stars in Last Man Standing, an ABC comedy airing at 8 PM (EST) on Tuesday nights. Allen plays Mike Baxter, KA0XTT, a married father of three and the director of marketing at an outdoor sporting goods store in Colorado whose life is dominated by women. While Amateur Radio has not been prominently featured in the first episodes, according to John Amodeo, NN6JA — the producer of Last Man Standing — it is a part of the show and an important part of Mike’s character. The episode that will establish Mike as a radio amateur is currently scheduled to air in mid-January.

 

For the rest of the story on the ARRL website, click here