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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.
- Icom IC-7300 Stuff : New 1.20 Firmware was released on November 30th 2017. Be
sure and save the settings to the SD card BEFORE as it will clear those
after the update has been done (just reload that file after). "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 : Nov 30)
New 1.20 Firmware was released on Nov 30th 2017. Icom IC-7300 Voice
Synthesizer can indeed audio stamp recordings (after selecting that ON in the
menu's, default is OFF).
The following bugs have been fixed:
- SCAN/SEARCH would often miss DMR signals when receive MODE was set to AUTO.
- DMR mode with CTCSS activated: CTCSS and color code were not displayed correctly.
- OFFSET frequency did not remain on screen after input.
The following features have been improved:
- Better audio quality when decoding voice inverted signals.
- Receiver now accepts a wider variety of SD card brands .
Important Update : It has been reported on the Radio Reference Forums
that with this version 1710C firmware, the audio cuts out when
receiving an analog signal with a tone. Hopefully this bug will get
corrected shortly (AOR Japan is working on it) ?
New firmware for the "AOR AR-DV1" receiver dated November 9th.
No more "factory repairs" for the Japan Radio Co. (JRC) NRD-545 (click on photo for my review)
- "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. We wish to thank Sungchul Cho again for the donation of the test sample.
UPDATE : We have tested the "SoDiRa" SDR software with the RSP1 and added text to the review. Bernd Reiser's "SoDiRa" does not only decode FM Stereo BUT "C-QUAM" AM STEREO
as well. During skywave nighttime conditions (at the time this text was
added), we received CFCO in Chatham Ontario (Canada) on 630 kHz in
beautiful AM STEREO
(country music format). Also
appears to have built in DRM AND DRM+ decoding
(not tested). Please see the review for important notes installing this software. I will admit the RSP1 could use some better
MW filtering as we are
hearing HF Ham interference mixed in the MW band with a decent antenna
(however this is not excessive). NOTE : We have no plans to test the new RSP1A version at this time. (Updated : Dec 08)
- Grundig Satellit 750 "Last Call" : We have received word that the Grundig Satellit 750 has been officially discontinued. Universal Radio (USA Dealer)
will (or has) received some of the last remaining new samples from the
last production run. Get them while you can !! We never thought much of
750, as we covered in our review here. A far cry from the excellent Satellit 800 (our "Sat 800" review can be seen here). The Satellit 750 and Satellit 800 (right photo below) were both manufactured by TECSUN. (Updated : Dec 08)
The "Grundig Satellit 750" has
been discontinued (left photo above). We will use the old Radio Shack
term "SOWG" here (that is "Sold Out When Gone")
New improved SDRPLAY "RSP1A" is now available. Price $ 20. USD more over the old RSP1 model (at the time this entry was added).
- ICOM IC-7610 : The ICOM IC-7610 "Direct Sampling" SDR HF Transceiver was FCC OET Cleared on November 6th. FCC ID : AFJ386400. My gut feeling (crystal ball) is the street price at release
will be in the $ 3999.95 USD area (UPDATE : US Street price at release $ 3900. on Nov 14th, we were not too far off).
- "Universal Radio" has Moved to a New Location as of Monday October 16th, 2017.
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
Universal Radio Inc.
651 Lakeview Plaza Blvd. Suite B
Worthington, OH 43085
The V-115 does
indeed have STEREO output with headphones and also records the MP3 file
in Stereo. From reading eham internet reviews some samples of the V-115 FM work in Stereo with headphones and others do not (Amazon Link : 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 ?
UPDATES TO N9EWO's REVIEW :
Test sample # 2 of the V-115 arrived with a broken whip antenna, Both samples AM
(MW) station breakthrough was experienced across the entire SW coverage
of the radio but was not all the time (MW station power of only 1000 watts at approx. 5 miles away). We also found
the V-115's internal charging indicator to be indifferent with both samples. See N9EWO review text for details. Text bugs now fixed with a number of additional findings added as well (Ver 5.0), sorry for the confusion. (Updated : Oct 29)
- 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).
- 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).
- 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). Of course early (non A?) versions used a coin
type lithium cell in a holder and this is not valid here.
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) !!
Watkins Johnson WJ-8711A : The DS1643-100+ RTC RAM's that are used in these
receivers has been discontinued and no longer available.
- 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
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"}.
- "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.
- 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.
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)
DE1128H" : N9EWO's review (located on the bottom of
the "Grundig G2 Reporter" review page). Updated : "G2 Reporter / Degen DE1128H" Page and "Degen DE1123-DE1125-DE1126-DE1127" Page : (fixed typos and added text) "Increased
“Off” Battery Life with Grundig G2 Reporter / Degen
DE1126 - DE1127 - DE1128 - DE1128H - "Important Tip" :
As out of the box, when “OFF” the Grundig G2
Reporter / Degen DE1126 / DE1127 / DE1128 / DE1128H
portables have increased standby current consumption for
the clock display (when the tuning knob is rotated). So
even when not being used the internal lithium battery
charge will be completely depleted in a few weeks without
even any use (this is normal). To greatly improve battery
life when “OFF” , access the “System Set”
menu (System Setting) then select the “Power Off
Mode”. Toggle the default “Standby”
setting over to “Sleep” mode (called “Hibernate”
with some Degen sets). This will greatly increase battery
life when “OFF”. Note: The clock will no longer
be accessible with the “Sleep-Hibernate”
DE1128H (right photo) is much improved over the old Grundig G2 Reporter
/ Degen 1128 model (left photo) .
Regulated Power Supply "Modifications". My
modifications for this 117 VAC transformer linear 9 volt
DC regulated power supply for use with Grundig Satellit
800, Eton e1, Drake SW-8 . No more hum with headphones
anymore. Runs way too hot out of the box even at 600 ma
current. Mods fix that bug as well as with the not so
stable voltage selector switch. Sadly this power supply has become mostly unavailable. Hunt around for MW122A's sold under other brand
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
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