Friday, March 11, 2011

Icom IC-9100 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver, available now!

The eagerly awaited IC-9100 all-in-one HF/VHF/UHF transceiver is now available in the UK!!
IC-9100 Amateur Radio transceiver
This new, revolutionary, Amateur Radio base station covers HF, 6M, 2M, 70cm and 23cm* Amateur radio bands.
Operating modes include SSB, CW, AM and FM. It also features dual band simultaneous receive, satellite mode operation and RTTY decode on the display.
One of the most exciting features of this new model is that it is capable of D-STAR (Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio) DV (Digital voice) mode operation above the 10M band. The D-STAR DV mode allows simplex, repeater, Internet linking between repeaters, operation with low speed data messaging, GPS position reporting and other data communications capability.
Icom has also engineered into this advanced model a combination of its IF DSP and double conversion system technology providing performance comparable to Icom’s range of high tier HF/6M transceivers.
The IC-9100 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver is available now at a suggested retail price of £2999.99 inc. VAT and is available from authorised Icom Amateur Radio dealers.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

VHF activity on the increase


Several amateur radio operators in the Johannesburg and Cape Town areas have started to experiment with SSB on 2 meters.
Recently they decided to also use 144,200 MHz SSB as the country-wide calling frequency. This frequency has been in use for a number of years by division 2 and 5 stations and many contacts have been made on SSB.
If you are only equipped with FM then try 144,400 MHz the FM DX channel. Very long distance contacts have been made on this frequency from the east coast of the RSA to Reunion Island on both FM and SSB and over land from Richards Bay to Port Elizabeth.
Amateurs in Port Elizabeth monitor this FM channel from 19:30 CAT until 20:00 CAT for stations in Mosselbay and East London. At 20:00 CAT they change frequency to 144,200 MHz SSB for longer distances to Durban and beyond.
Likewise there has been a revival of interest in the 6 metre band too. Quite a number of stations became active again in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth using the frequency of 50,200 MHz SSB.
To get the best long distance results on VHF you should use around 100 Watt and a high gain horizontally polarized Yagi beam antenna with a LNA.

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