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            Reported on the IC-R8600 Yahoo Groups mailing list (info via Icom Europe GmbH), availability of the IC-R8600 European version will be in October. 7 page review in the November 2017 edition of QST (now available for download here via Icom America's web site). CPU Firmware 1.20 (USA Version linked here) and CS-R8600 1.20 Software update both released on August 30th.

            Our friend and supporter to this web page Eric Cottrell provided some excellent information and a picture to the general parts used in the IC-R8600 as well as a few other tidbits now added to the bottom of our review. Who knows what the 4 mounting studs are for near the speaker area might be used for (or will ever be used ??).
            (Updated : Oct 18)


            ICOM's SDR "IC-R8600" WIDE-BAND RECEIVER. Available in the USA for around $ 2500. USD "street price" ($ 3400. in Canada). Full N9EWO Review Here.
            • "Universal Radio" has Moved to a New Location as of Monday October 16th. 
            "Universal Radio has moved its operations to a more efficient location here in the Columbus, Ohio area where we can continue to serve our loyal customers. This will be the fourth location change since Universal was founded in 1942. We look forward to many more years of serving the amateur and short wave communities which Universal Radio has done for 75 years. The new location is a 30-minute drive from the old Americana location."

            Universal Radio Inc.
            651 Lakeview Plaza Blvd. Suite B
            Worthington, OH 43085

            www.universal-radio.com


            • N9EWO TIVDIO V-115 Review / Guest Reviews : N9EWO's review on the V-115 is now available (bottom of the this page). This is the first version, so as usual updates to this text are possible for awhile. Craig Menning checks out the TIVDIO V-111, V-115 and Kaito KA29 , near pocket MW/SW and FM receivers. The V-115 and KA29 also include built in "Off Air" Recording functions. The V-111 has no internal recording, but operates on AA batteries and is dirt cheap. We thank Craig for his reviews on these. The V-115 does indeed have STEREO output with headphones and also records the MP3 file in Stereo. From reading internet reviews some samples of the V-115 FM work in Stereo with headphones and others do not (it's dead in one channel (mono ??) ?? Craig found this out in his testing of the V-115 :"Proper headphone / earbud operation depends on the diameter of the reduced portion of the tip on the phone plug. Works fine with some phones, but not with others.". So the reason why some only get one channel, and it has to do with the "low quality" jack being used ? (Updated : Oct 18)
             
            Craig Menning checks out the TIVDIO V-111 , V-115 and Kaito KA29. The V-115 and KA29 both have built in "Off Air" internal recording functions. Now updated including internal pictures and N9EWO's V-115 Review (bottom of this page).
            • Grundig Satellit 800 (Tecsun HAM-2000) Review : N9EWO's Satellit 800 / HAM-2000 Review is available here. Again we normally do not review discontinued products anymore. But have been making exceptions depending the availability of test samples and if I wish to cover that model. The Satellit 800 was well worth the review effort. It's a excellent LARGE SW receiver and in our opinion the Chinese have yet to top it (not even close). (Jul 04)
            • Baofeng UV-3R Micro HT / GA-37B AA Battery Holder : From reader requests we have reposted the (discontinued) Baofeng UV-3R Micro HT Reviews (located on the bottom of the Yaesu VX-3R page). The "UV-3R MK II" model is still available new on ebay for around $ 30. as I type this. We have totally updated the Mark II review and the latest received UV-3R test sample was received DEFECTIVE (yes...another bad LCD screen). But we tested this anyway along with the original sample from 2011 via the local owner for the updated report. In a number of ways it beats out the Yaesu VX-3R (DSP receiver and more RF power for two).
            Also turns out that the Yaesu FBA-37 "3 AA cell battery case" will indeed fit / work on the UV-3R Mark II (with a slight modification).

            There is a lower cost Chinese clone available of this AA case . It's called the GA-37B, and our micro review can be found on the VX-3R page (just below the UV-3R Mark II review). It works with a few important notes. (Updated : Sep 11)


            We have reposted (and updated) the Baofeng UV-3R Micro HT reviews (located on the bottom of the Yaesu VX-3R review page), also the GA-37B AA Battery Holder.
            • WJ-8711A HF Receiver Review Page "Updated" : Updated text / review on the WJ-8711A receiver. The DS1643-100+ "Real Time Clock" RAM's are no longer available (Maxium DS1643)It is REQUIRED for operation of the receiver and the internal battery does die in about 10 to 15 years after it's activated. Of course early (non A?) versions used a coin type lithium cell in a holder and this is not valid here. 
            UPDATES : As of me typing this text, I do see availability up on ebay and Amazon from strange unknown dealers (but who knows how long these supplies will last ?). WARNING : As it goes these days, watch out for "counterfeit" manufactured ones (or ones that have been already activated....that is are USED) !! We are unaware of any workaround for this serious issue (anyone ??). (Updated : Mar 01)

            Watkins Johnson WJ-8711A : The REQUIRED DS1643-100+ RTC RAM's that are used in these receivers has been discontinued and no longer available (no known substitution or work around...??).
            • Icom IC-7300 : "Line Audio Output" : Added comments with our IC-7300 review in regards to the now tested "Line Output" at pin 12 of the 13 pin rear connector, plus updated "Voice Synthesizer" information at this output (as well as the built in SD card recorder).....yes it can indeed "voice stamp" recordings...excellent. My apologies that I missed this important feature in the original report (it's not set ON at default). See my review for more information on this topic. (Updated : Jul 11)

            Icom IC-7300 Voice Synthesizer can indeed audio stamp recordings (after selecting that ON in the menu's, default is OFF).
            • Updated SONY Page : Revamped and added a ICF-6500W receiver review (located near the bottom) to the newly named "SONY SW RECEIVER PAGE". We normally do NOT review discontinued products anymore. But we received this "donated" Sony and being it is such an interesting set even in 2016, we have made another exception. Repairs had to be made before testing could begin on this sample (as covered in the review). To our ears, it actually has better audio, SW and MW sensitivity, dynamic range and image rejection than the ICF-SW7600GR (see review top of page). Speaking of the ICF-SW7600GR , it has been discontinued (sorry....no longer available new....."so this is the end of an era for Sony and Short Wave receivers"}. UPDATES : Updated and added text to the ICF-6500W review. With properly cleaned band switches, the MW and FM performance improved greatly. (Updated : May 12)

            Revamped and added a ICF-6500W receiver review to the remaned "SONY SW RECEIVER PAGE".
            • "JVC R-S77 Synthesizer Stereo Receiver" Review :  For something a bit different, we review JVC's (Japan Victor Co.) Classic 1980 "R-S77 Synthesizer Stereo Receiver". Tired of the current lot of Stereo Receivers on the market (and this has been the case for over 25 years now) that are WORTHLESS for listening to MUSIC ?? A bit of my history here as well with stereo receivers. We restored a sample and is a "excellent" sounding (digital tuner with preset memories) stereo receiver. (Updated : Jan 01)

            JVC's first "Top of The Line" R-S77 Stereo Receiver that featured a Synthesizer Digital Tuner and "Super A" Amplifier. In our view overall JVC NEVER equaled it (performance / sound / longevity / quality of construction). (N9EWO Photo)

            Our C.Crane "FM Reflect" INDOOR FM antenna review. We found to be near excellent provided it is installed properly.
            • "SDRplay RSP1" Review : Our "SDRplay RSP1" review is available here. We also tested it with the popular DSD+ software and worked well after some troubleshooting. UPDATED : Added additional text and fixed typos. We wish to thank Sungchul Cho again for the donation of the test sample. (Updated : Sep 02, 2017)

            • TDXone TD-Q8A Handheld Transceiver :  Our review on the TDXone TD-Q8A Dual Band HT is available here. Overall a good small "low cost" full powered "amateur radio" VHF/UHF FM transceiver. However we had issues with it's lithium Ion batteries and the included plastic antenna. UPDATE : Added additional photo that shows the recessed antenna connector. (Updated : Apr 12, 2016)
             
            TDXone 2meter/70cm Dual Band Handheld Transceiver. Our review is available here. (N9EWO Photo)
            • Yaesu FT-450D Review : Our Yaesu FT-450D DSP HF Transceiver review is available here. Nice set for Amateur use (receiver performance is good), but not so hot as a SWL set at least in our view. It's fair to poor ergonomics, hissy receive audio and a cooling fan that runs full time (yes even in just 100% receive only operation) makes for a sour experience. (Updated : Mar 10, 2016)

            Yaesu FT-450D DSP HF Transceiver. FAN-tasic (that is if you like fan noise !!) Great Ham rig with good receiver performance, but is a poor SWL set in our view. My review is posted here.  (N9EWO Photo)
            Degen's DE1128H (right photo) is much improved over the old Grundig G2 Reporter / Degen 1128 model (left photo) .

            MW122A power supply runs very hot out of the box with the Satellit 800, e1 or SW-8.
            My mods will help to make it run a bit cooler. Click on photo above for more information. (N9EWO Photo)

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