New Products - Publications - Updates - Upgrades
Compiled by David Zantow N9EWO --
Editor "Passport to World Band Radio" 2000-2009
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New Icom IC-R8600 Wide Band “SDR” Receiver
The long awaited Icom IC-R8600 has started to ship. The IC-R8600 coverage is from 10 kHz to 3000 MHz (less cellular) in AM, S-AM (Synchronous Detector), USB, LSB, CW, FM. Additionally it decodes multiple digital protocols, including Baudot RTTY, D-STAR™, NXDN™, dPMR™, DCR (Digital Communication Radio) and APCO P25 (Phase 1). It has a large 4.3 inch color TFT touch screen display with fast spectrum scope and waterfall display. The receiver employs FPGA/DSP base SDR architecture (under 30 MHz) and traditional superheterodyne circuitry. 2000 memories (in 100 groups) are available storing frequency, mode, tone, step, etc. There is a convenient front accessible SD card slot for received log, decode log and audio “off air” recording. Optional RS-R8600 Windows PC remote control software allows control of all receiver functions including for worldwide listening and control. The optional CS-R8600 software allows for computer programming of the memories. [July 7]
New Yaesu FT-2980R 80 Watt Mobile Transceiver
The new Yaesu FT-2980R provides a powerful 80 watts of output power. No fan is required thanks to Yaesu’s advanced die cast chassis and heatsink design. This compact radio has four power levels of 80, 30, 10 and 5 watts. The new FT-2980 is similar to the earlier FT-2900, but with 10 watts more. Same beefy 4.2 lbs. weight. It will be available in July. We are accepting orders now. [May 22]
New Yaesu FT-70DR Dual Band “Fusion” Handheld
The new Yaesu FT-70DR Dual Band Handheld transceiver features normal FM and “Fusion” C4FM Digital voice operation at a very attractive price. The 2 meter / 70cm “one band at a time” HT provides 5 watts on both bands. The AMS (Automatic Mode Select) detects the operating mode of the received signal as C4FM digital or analog FM, and then automatically and instantly switches the receiver to the appropriate mode. The two multi colored LEDs indicate current mode of operation. Other enhancements include: wideband receive(108 - 579.995 MHz), CTCSS/DCS encode/decode, 700 mW audio output and multiple scan modes. Includes: Antenna, SBR-24LI 7.4V 1800 mAh Li-Ion Battery, SAD-18B Battery Charger, Belt Clip, USB Cable, Warranty Card and Operating Manual. Three year limited warranty. Shipping started on July 6th. [Mar 22]
New Icom IC-R6 “Red” Colored Version
There will soon be a "metallic-red" colored version of the Icom IC-R6 Sport pocket Wideband Receiver. This Sport-16 version does not include the rechargeable batteries or charger (sold separately). Started shipping on March 24th. [Mar 20]
New Eton Grundig “Executive” Portables
Eton Grundig has released two upgraded “Worldband” portable receivers. The new Grundig Executive Satellit and Grundig Executive Traveler now include a luxurious wrap-around case that protects the radio when traveling and also serves as a tilt stand. Another addition to both of these new models is the “double jointed” telescopic antenna for improved placement. Now shipping. [Feb 02]
New Sangean Digital HD Radios
Sangean has three new radios for listening to the exciting over the air AM/FM Digital HD broadcasts. This technology will give dramatically improved fidelity and provide additional programming that is only listenable with an HD Radio. Enjoy additional music formats, sports, talk programs without any subscription fees. The HDR-16 is a portable model that can be operated on four C batteries or with it's included AC adapter. Dual speakers and a powerful 3.5 watts per channel with separate Bass and Treble controls provides excellent sound. Table model HDR-18 features a powerful 7 watt amplifier (also with separate Bass and Treble controls) and includes a remote control. The HDT-20 is simply a "tuner". It would be connected to the "Aux Input" of your existing "stereo receiver" for full fidelity. (It does not have it's own audio amplifier). Features include a remote control, SPDIF digital outputs (coaxial and optical) and a large sized tuning knob. [Jan 26]
Whistler TRX-1 / TRX-2 Scanner Firmware Update for NXDN™
The Whistler TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/mobile) were released in May 2016 and it was announced during the initial product debut, that development of NXDN monitoring was underway and owners would receive the NXDN™ upgrade later this year. NXDN™ is a digital protocol for mobile communications developed jointly by Icom Incorporated and JVC Kenwood Corporation. This update is available at no charge for these Whistler scanner models. It is applied via the “EZ Scan” software application. Follow instructions carefully! [Jan 15]
"World Radio TV Handbook" 2017 Edition
The 71st edition of "The Directory Of Global Broadcasting" is now available. The 2017 "World Radio TV Handbook" is the definitive source of broadcast radio information. It's 672 pages contains country-by-country listings of services and broadcasters including television. DX clubs and Internet resources and much more. A number of radio reviews are also featured, this year includes the Icom IC-7300, Reuter Elektronik RDR55D, SDRPlay RSP, Wellbrook ALA1530LNP, and Bonito AAS300. Features section includes articles on Remote Receivers, A Pacific Radio Adventure, The Mighty KBC station, CKZN St John's, the International Radio for Disaster Relief Project. [Dec 26, 2016]
CommRadio CTX-10 QRP SDR Transceiver
AeroStream Communications new CommRadio CTX-10 QRP transceiver features high performance, internal SDR technology, low current consumption, compact size and simple operation. Transmitter coverage is from 160 to 10 meters, receiver is continuous from 200 kHz to 30 MHz. Superb “self-contained” portable operation with it’s three internal #18650 2600 mAh Li-ion batteries and internal antenna tuner. Power output is adjustable between 1 to 10 watts. Built in intelligent charger assures proper battery management and efficient operation. Robust aluminum cabinet construction including metal knobs and a premium quality “optical” tuning encoder. A built-in CW reader is also included. Proudly made in Colorado USA. Availability is estimated for Fall 2017 [Oct 23]
Tokyo Ham Fair August 19, 2016.
A number of major new radio models were announced at the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair on August 19. The Icom ID-51A PLUS 2 D-Star handheld transceive adds two new D-Star modes. Icom debuted two new wideband receivers. The new Icom IC-R8600 desktop receiver is in the same form-factor as the IC-7300 HF transceiver and will also be SDR based. Coverage is 0.01 to 3000 MHz. The new Icom IC-R30 handheld receiver will feature similar frequency coverage (TBA). Both will be capable of “Phase 1” P25 digital plus additional digital modes. Icom also announced the new IC-7610 HF Transceiver. Dual receive and a larger touch screen display were noted and is in the same size cabinet as the current IC-7600. More details are TBA. Also a new matching external speaker called the SP-39AD was shown with the IC-R8600. (The above items have not been FCC approved yet). Yaesu officially announced the improved FT-991A HF/VHF/UHF transceiver. A color waterfall and a real time spectrum scope have been added. Availability is scheduled for late September 2016 and are accepting orders now. Kenwood officially announced the new and very exciting TH-D74A Tri-Band HT with D-Star. [Aug 25]
Yaesu FT-891 HF Transceiver.
The compact FT-891 HF transceiver was first shown at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention. Transmit amateur coverage is from 160 thru 6 meters. It’s triple conversion receiver covers 30 kHz to 56 MHz. Power output is 100 watts with dual temperature controlled internal fans and features include a detachable front panel, 32 bit IF DSP and a stock ±0.5 PPM TCXO. A custom made FC-50 external antenna tuner is available (optional), and fits neatly under the set. [Aug 04]
Sangean HDR-18 HD Radio™
The new Sangean HDR-18 tabletop radio is capable receiving high quality stellar digital HD Radio™ on the AM (Medium Wave) and FM broadcasting bands and excellent audio quality on standard AM and FM stations. Features a powerful 7 watt mono amplifier with Bass, Treble and a loudness adjustments. Stereo FM with headphones and a rear mounted fixed level “line output” jack for tape recorder or external amplifier. Line input jack for playing your iPod or MP3 device through it’s quality speaker/amplifier. It even includes full featured infrared remote control and external antenna connections (for both AM and FM bands). All of this in acoustically tuned wood cabinet. AC power adapter is provided in the box. [Jul 25]
TYT Mobile Transceivers
Three new TYT mobile transceivers are now available at Universal and all at a great value. The TYT TH9000D VHF FM mobile transceiver covers 136 to 174 MHz and delivers 60, 25 or 10 watts of RF output. TYT TH9000D 220 FM mobile transceiver covers 200 to 260 MHz. Transmitter delivers 50, 25 or 10 watts of output. Mounting bracket, hand mic, DC power cord and manual are provided with either model. The TYT TH9800+ “Quad band” transceiver covers: 10 meters, 6 meters, 2 meters and 70 cm. 800 standard memories, 5 pairs of band-edge memories, 6 home channels and 6 hyper-memory channels. Independent Band controls. RF power is 50 watts on VHF and 40 watts on UHF. Supplied with mobile mounting bracket, DC power cord, handheld DTMF mic, a 14.8 foot control head separation cable and printed manual. [Jun 09]
Whistler Launching DMR Capable Scanners
Whistler has announced two new scanners, the TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/mobile). Digital modes feature P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR which covers: Conventional DMR, Hytera XPT, MotoTRBO™ Capacity Plus, MotoTRBO™ Connect Plus, MotoTRBO™ Linked Cap Plus systems. If that was not enough excitement, Whistler is in development of NXDN mode and the TRX-1 and TRX-2 will include NXDN as a FREE upgrade when available. Whistler will also be offering a DMR update at NO CHARGE to customers owning models WS1080, WS1088, WS1095, and WS1098. This upgrade is scheduled to be available via the EZ Scan pc app in late May. [May 17]
Alinco DR-735T Transceiver FCC Cleared
The long awaited Alinco DR-735T 144/440 MHz dual band mobile transceiver was FCC cleared on April 12. Features include a oversize LCD display, removable head, RGB backlighting, support for crossband repeater operation. There are separate volume, squelch and tuning knobs for each band. RF output power selectable for 50, 20 or 5 watts. Supplied with EMS-57 backlit DTMF microphone and mobile mounting bracket. Pricing and availability will follow shortly. [Apr 15]
TYT “DMR” Digital Handheld Transceivers
TYT’s exciting DMR-380 VHF and DMR-380 UHF handheld transceivers feature the latest TDMA technology at a very affordable price. They can also operate in traditional analog FM mode as well (12.5 or 25 kHz). Backlit color screen with voice prompts and channel name setting. 1 or 5 watts selectable RF power output. The “MD-380 VHF” model coverage is 136 – 174 MHz and the “MD-380 UHF” model 400 – 480 MHz. Radio is supplied with 7.4V 2000 mAh Li-ion battery, drop-in charging base, 110/220 Volt AC adapter, SMA type antenna, belt clip and carry strap. For a limited time includes the programming cable and software. These models came into stock at Universal on 03/23/16. [Mar 23]
Yaesu FTM-3200DR VHF Fusion Mobile.
Yaesu’s new FTM-3200DR VHF mobile with “System Fusion” Digital at a very attractive price. Power output is selectable at 5, 30 or 65 watts and includes a built-in cooling fan. AMS (Automatic Mode Select) instantly recognizes whether a transmission is digital or analog, and appropriately switches the operating mode to allow flawless co-existence of both digital and analog users. The cool dual multi-color LEDs indicate the transceiver's mode of operation. Even includes the USB connecting cable. This model came into stock at Universal on 03/18/16. [Mar 10]
Icom IC-7300 SDR HF Transceiver FCC Cleared.
The forthcoming Icom IC-7300 was “officially” FCC cleared on February 24th. This exciting HF+6 meter transceiver features a direct sampling receiver, TFT Touch screen with real time spectrum display and waterfall, built-in antenna tuner, SD card slot, voice memory, 15 band pass filters, CW/RTTY memory keyer functions and much more. [Feb 25]
Shortwave Receivers Past & Present - Available Again
The new Universal Radio Research publication Shortwave Receivers Past & Present - Communications Receivers 1942-2013 4th Edition - Second Printing is now in stock. The greatly expanded 4th edition includes 360 manufactures, 1700 models and boast 800 pages, hard bound. The Second Printing addresses a few technical corrections, and features some upgraded photos. The price remains at $49.95 (plus shipping). Worldwide shipping is available. [Jan 30 2016]
World Radio TV Handbook 70th Edition
The 70th (2016) edition of the “World Radio TV Handbook” is now shipping from Universal. It has been the definitive source of broadcast radio information for seven decades. It covers the latest on medium wave, shortwave and FM broadcasts and broadcasters. Country-by-country lists of services and broadcasters, winter shortwave frequencies, international and domestic broadcasts by frequency and language, television broadcasters, DX club information, radio reviews Internet resources — and much more. 70th Anniversary Edition [Dec 22]
Whistler WS1088 and WS1098 Scanners Now Shipping
Whistler’s new WS1088 handheld and WS1098 base/desktop scanners are now shipping. Both feature a full numeric keypad for easy frequency “on the fly” entry while retaining the all of features of the WS1080 and WS1095 models. [Dec 15]
Uniden offers EDACS ProVoice upgrade to BCD436HP and BCD536HP Scanners
Uniden now offers an optional firmware download to allow owners of their flagship BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners to scan and monitor EDACS Pro Voice trunked radio systems. The EDACS ProVoice systems are currently used in several major market areas in North America. The cost of this update is $50.00. Full information on the required firmware updates can be found on the Uniden web sites: BCD436HP firmware update. BCD536HP firmware update. [Dec 04]
New ARRL Publications
Two new ARRL publications are now available. The 2016 93rd edition of the “ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications" includes new information on: Beacon transmitters for VHF/UHF, New RF connector identification chart, A CD-ROM article on light wave transmitting and receiving, Fractional-n frequency synthesizers, A high-altitude APRS tracker and SDR Knob Box and ARRL Lab Test Procedures Manual. This edition is bundled with The ARRL Handbook CD (ver. 20.0)-- a complete and fully searchable book on CD-ROM, including all the text and illustrations, as well as PC board templates, additional software and other support files. Available in soft or hardcover.
The “ARRL Antenna Book” is the classic reference on antennas for ham radio operators and also includes a CD-ROM that adds software utilities. An astounding 992 pages. In soft or hard cover versions. [Oct 17]
AOR AR-Mini “B” Returns
Universal Radio is pleased to announce that AOR has made available again the AOR AR-Mini handheld wideband receiver. This radio puts nearly the entire radio spectrum into your pocket a very attractive price. Universal also has limited quantities of most accessories. [Sept 23]
New Yaesu FTDX-1200 and FTDX-3000 Waterfall Display
Yaesu has updated the firmware in the FTDX1200 and FTDX3000 HF transceivers to include a waterfall display. This added feature gives the user the ability to view all the spectrum information at a glance, providing the data needed to place the operator in the correct spot on the band. In the case of the FTDX3000, it’s simply downloading the instructions and update file from the Yaesu web site as it has a USB socket as stock. With the FTDX1200 the update process also requires the optional SCU-17 USB interface unit. Radios produced or upgraded as of 07/15/15 feature this impressive and powerful feature out of the box. [July 15]
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