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FDM-DUO – the DDS SDR design and build quality is Italian quality!

The FDM-DUO that provides an advanced Direct Digital Samplin (DDS) SDR Compact HF 50MHz QRP Transceiver. Covering all bands from 9kHz trough to 50MHz, with 5 watts RF outup and multiple receivers.  That can be used in standalone mode (not PC) or it can be entirely computer controlled – The design and build quality is Italian quality !

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 Standalone OperationG4WNC, Mike wrote on the RadCom of March 2015: The large knob provides the main tuning and this can be set to operate with a wide range of tuning steps from 1 Hz to 1 MHz . If you’re using the rig in standalone mode, you just need to connect power, antenna and mic/key and you’re in business. (! more: please read the User Manual)

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Computer operation – The real flexibility of the FDM-DUO was realised when I combined the rig with the Elad FDM-SW2 SDR Software on external PC – I had access to up to 8 software receivers plus the standalone receiver making a total of nine, which is more thanI could ever use!

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G4WNC, Mike wrote: If you were a datamodes fan or contester, you could have one receiver tuned to the PSK band segment and the audio routed to an instance of FLDIGI. You could then have another receiver set to the RTTY segment with a RTTY decoder. You could also have CW Skimmer running on another receiver checking out CW activity on the band. … You could then duplicate this setup on the second DUO channel, which could be tuned to a different band! – (!! nrd…. maybe you need many ears! hi)

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The antenna signal is applied to some ESD protection and 5 anti-aliasing filter before being passed to the main analogue to digital converter (ADC). Elad use the popular LTC2165, 16-bit ADC thet’s clock at 122.88MHz to provide confortable sampling (serial data stream runs at just under 2Gb/s) of the entire RF spectrum to 9kHz through to 54MHz.

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Elad uses a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA and the decimated outup in standalone mode is 192ksps and the tuning range wold be abaut 180kHz (output of the Spartan 6 is passed to an STM32F429 ARM microcontroller) – However, when operating the FDM-DUO using the included FDM-SW2 software, the decimation range can be changed in six steps up to a maximum of 6.144Msps.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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New CO1-HF The Pover-Combiner For Two Amps From SPE of Italy

CO1-HF Combiner coming soon from S.P.E. Roma Italy ! It doubles the powe of two Expert 2K-FA or two 1.3K-FA mantaining all their features. – The connection are the same as a single linear from 1.8 MHz to 50 MHz.

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[Note] the amplifiers connected to the CO1-HF must be identical. It is not possible to mix a 1.3 and a 2K for instance.

 Exper 1.3K-FA fully automatic Solid State Amplifier (SPE)

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The Expert 1.3K-FA has a sophisticated protection system tha constantly controls the amplifier’s most paramiters: Temperature Max/Min of the heatsink – Voltage on the PA – PA Current – Max voltage RF on Tuner – Imput power – SWR

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The 1.3K-FA is costituted by a class AB single Push-pull by a one Dual Mosfet device.  The amplifier has two imputs 1 – 2 to which it is possible to connect two Transceivers (any type)

Link to: SPE Expert Linear Amplifiers Official Home-page

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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IC-7851vs IC-7800 Phase Noise & RMDR -Icom videos

Icom IC-7851 vs IC-7800 upgrade modelv.3.00 Phase Noise Characteristics and RMDR (Reciprocal Mixing Dinamic Range) Characteristics in Receive Mode, data and pictures taken by videos of Icom Japan (see info and… lincks below).

Icom IC-7800, IC-7700, IC-7600 and IC-7100 Upgrade 21/5/2015 – New CI-V commands for External Antenna Controller & Logging Software and Other Features  – (Linck to: Icom New Release ENG .pdf)

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Phase Noise Characteristics in Receive Mode:
Measuring conditions: Receiving Frquency 14.200 MHz, Mode CW, 1st LO frequency 78.655 MHz (1st IF 64.455 MHz Supereterodina up-convertion type)
The IC-7851 employs a new Direct Digital Synthesizer (DDS) along with a Phase Locked Oscillator for the LO – ICOM writes: breaking the boundaries of traditional designs.

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IC-7851 v IC-7800 ver. 3.00 the RMDR Characteristics
Measuring conditions:  BW 250 Hz,  Roofing Filter 15 kHz!
See the video below: 1st step: a weak CW signal is received, 2nd: a strong signal is receiver on the same frequency, 3td step: move generator distance from center frequency: 100Hz / 200Hz/… 2kHz / 10kHz etc. (the CW signal cannot be eard or be clearly eard again) …What a difference. Impressive! (…thanks to jboyd00 for the his many videos)

Icom’s engineers focused on a new Local Oscillator (LO) in the IC-7851′ that drastically reduces the phase noise. As a result of this design, the purity of the LO achieves a Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range (RMDR) of 110dB!

Icom IC-7851/7800 LO C/N Characteristics Comparison
Measuring conditions: Receiveng fre 14.200 MHz, Mode CW, Center at 1st LO fre 78.655 MHz, SPAN 20 kHz, RBW 30 Hz, VBW 10Hz (Att 30 dB)

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Icom IC-7851 Band Scope Dual Band Display Left / Right – Dual Watch Receiver, Dual scope with waterfall horizontally aligned – (Dual scope vertical aligned is available by setting).

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

IC-7600-update2-evidenza

IC-7600 Upgrade Model The Ver.2.00 Firmware is on the Icom Inc. Support page

IC-7600 HF/50MHz Tranceiver Upgrade Model at Ver. 2.00 – The new firmware 2.00 is now on the Icom Co. Jp – Support web page for download more useful features – !! Download: the ver. 2.00, the Upgrade Brochure pdf and the Revised User Manual ver. A-6722H-1EX-4 in ENG – large pdf 15.1 MB ) (see the  enhanced features list and the links below!)

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IC-7600 Ver.2.00 Enhanced Functions and Features. The new functions are a free download for all existing IC-7600 owners. (tnk Icom) – [NoteThe first time you update, thoroughly read the Section 14 (UPDATING THE FIRMWARE) of the IC-7600’s instruction manual and information for firmware 2.00 on Icom Co. Support page (links below in)

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IC-7600 Ver.2.00 – Mouse Operation, point and click the mouse for Click-and-Listen receiver control (Left-click /Right-click / Click and hold  a button and move to the rigth or left, similar to rotating the Main Dial ! )

italiano • Tasto sinistro per selezionare un segnale o la frequenza di funzionamento. • Tasto destro per selezionare temporaneamente una frequenza diversa. • Rilasciare il pulsante del mouse per ritornare alla frequenza originale. • Cliccate e tenete premuto un pulsante (destro o sinistro) e spostarsi verso destra o sinistra per aumentare o diminuire la frequenza di funzionamento (come e si ruotasse la manopola di sintonia principale)

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The firmware can be updated using a USB-flash drive. – Never turn OFF the transceiver power during the update !-
IC-7600 Version 1.11からVersion 2.00の主な変更点
IC-7600  da Ver.1.11 at Ver.2.00 Enhanced Features (…It is very likely that V2.00 has also improved the IF filters/DSP ! and Icom  will have incorporated undocumented code optimisations and minor improvements as well as added functionality)

[Note] would be the audio oscilloscope / spectrum has not been implemented by Icom at this time and it is not mentioned in the new feature list & manual from Icom Japan.

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Link to: Icom Firmware Updates and Downloads page (EN)
Link to: Download the icom IC-7600 News Release pdf (EN)
Link to: Download Revised User Manual v. A-6722H-1EX-4

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

dayton-2015-evidenza

Dayton Hamvention 2015: Elecraft K3S – IC-7600 Update Soon! FlexRadio Maestro console

Elecraft Introducing the secondgeneration K3S HF/50MHz Transceiver with many new features at Dayton Hamvention 2015 –  ICOM America stating that a new firmware has been announced for his IC-7600 (see below!) – The New FlexRadio Maestro™ SDR Console – Hamvention will be held 15-17 May, 2015 at the Hara Arena Complex in Dayton, Ohio.

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Improvementes include: KSYN3A a ultra low-noise synthesizer for strong-signal receive performance and transmit signal purity (now option for K3) – 32-bit DSP provides stereo effects, NR,EQ, notch, and built-in PSK31/CW/RTTY decode/encode – USB Port integrates remote control and line-level audio, eliminating the need for a PC sound card and audio cables and more (… link below)

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Dayton, VA7OJ’ Adam: IC-7600… Spectrum Scope Waterfall Display – PC Mouse Operation (probably similar to IC-7700 V2,0) – Increased APF volume levels – New CI-V commands RIT, delta -TX, Sub band and external antenna control – Wake-up from standby mode via CI-V (for RS-BA1 remote) Configurable RF onset delay for keying external amplifiers with slow T.R relays! (tnx to Adam for news!)

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IC-7600 Update coming-soon – ICOM America stating that a new firmware has been announced for the 7600 ! Not on the firmware support site – !! Dayton 2015: Icom has an IC-7600 on display with the new waterfall firmware in operation. !! The new 7600 firmware should be available soon !

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Eecraft new P3 panadapter now with Transmit Monitoring! –The P3’s bright, full-color LCD has both spectral and waterfall displays, and new optional TX metering and signal envelope monitoring. (… read more on the official web-page)

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At Dayton Hamvention 2015 !! The New FlexRadio Maestro™ an intuitive, plug-and-play control console that directs operation of any FLEX-6000 SDR Signature SeriesTtransceiver without need of a traditional PC! …..

  • Interfaces with all FLEX-6000 Signature Series SDRs
  • Real time spectrum display and waterfall
  • Up to 2 simultaneous band displays
  • WiFi and LAN connectivity
  • Slice (VFO) A/B high resolution controls
  • Independent A/B Pass Band Tuning, AGC-T, and audio controls
  • Quick touch for critical tuning operations
  • Easy access to secondary on-screen menus
  • 10-point capacitive touch screen control
[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)
TS-990-upd-V110-evidenza

TS-990S firmware has been updated to Version 1.10 with new NB2 Type A or B!

TS-990S Firmware has been updated to Ver.1.10 with the two [NB2] Type A or Type B – The noise blanker function (NB1/NB2) is equipped with digital (NB2) and analogue (NB1), now the [NB2] can be selected in Type A (conventional algorithm) and Type B (newly added algorithm) …and more.

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I think there is merit in doing that (now upgrading the DSP), but both the implementation and the explanation of the TS-990S original firmware was clearly lacking ! V1.10 works fine here.. how well it works on a crowded band will need to be evaluated by operating  time and setting!

TS-990S/D のファームウェアが、Ver.1.10にアップデートされました – The Kenwood TS-990S Ver.1.10 updates the following features (! ….in summary).
1) Now if NB2 [Type B] is selected, the “WIDTH” (width of the pulse noise blanking) and “DEPTH” (depth of the pulse noise blanking) parameters can be adjusted to appropriate levels.
[Note] The [TYPE B] is not applied to the SUB band due to limitations of the DSP memory capacity!
2) Changing of the IF filter passband is enabled by rotating the [HI/SHIFT] / [LO/WIDTH] knobs while transmitting, via setting the Menu No.8-01 in ON or Off (TX Audio Waveform Display or Not) – (! please read the official page by Kenwood)
Revises the following symptom.
1) When playing and transmitting a stored CW messages with text entry, the consecutive space characters for intervals are deleted. – Read the Kenwood page (link below)

Link to: The TS-990S Firmware update information ENG

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Kenwood’s Communications Division The TS-990 Factory at Yamagata Japan

italianoIl Kenwood TS-990S è già dotato di due NB (Nois Blanker) il NB1 analogico e NB2 digitale, essi ora sono selezionabili in NB1 oppure NB2 o entrambi NB1+NB2 e questo distintamente per MAIN e SUB Receivers.
Con il nuovo firmware Ver.1.10 rilasciato, pressato più a lungo il [Tasto NB2] si abilita l’ulteriore selezione e settaggio in NB2 [TYPE A] (con algoritmo convenzionale) oppure in [TYPE B] (con nuovo algoritmico aggiunto) usando il  [Tasto F6] che appare nell’icona del  Display per la nuova funzione.

In’oltre se è selezionato [NB2 Tipo B], i parametri di [WIDTH] (larghezza del rumore impulsivo blanking) e il [DEPTH] (profondità del rumore impulso blanking) possono essere regolati ai livelli più opportuni. – Pressando a lungo il Tasto NB2 oppure il Tasto ESC si chiudono le indicazioni di settaggio NB2 – [Nota] Queste nuove funzioni non si applicano al SUB Ricevitore a causa del limite della memoria del DSP.

Penso che si deve dare merito a Kenwood di aver fatto ora l’implementazione del sistema DSP, e che c’è la spiegazione che il firmware originale del TS-990 era chiaramente carente. – Ora funziona bene,  quanto bene funzioni su una banda affollata però dovrà essere valutata col tempo di funzionamento e operativo e con le varie impostazione!

Altra novità della V.1.10 consente di variare il filtro passabanda con le manopole [HI/SHIFT] / [LO/WIDTH] in Tx (trasmissione) con le indicazioni o senza sul Sub dispaly, e questo tramite il Menu n. 8.01 (in ON oppure in OFF etc.)-

JVCKenwood risolve ora anche la questione del CW con messaggi pre-settati contenenti spazi di intervallo in sequenza, ora non vengono più trasmessi perchè cancellati – (! Attenzione: leggere tutte le informazioni e i dati nella pagina web di Kenwood …in Inglese !)

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Kenwood’s Communications Division The TS-990 Factory at Yamagata Japan

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

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FT-991 & FTDX-1200 The FTRestore by VK2BYI a Windows desktop app

Yaesu FT-991 and FTdx-1200 – New Desktop Applicaztion ©FTRestore – The Yaesu FT Radio Menu Configuration & Channel Memory Restore a Desktop Utility © by Chris Fredericks, VK2BYI (… first release Ver.1.1.0) – Link below !

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FTRestore – Details of the Regular Memory Channels and the PMS Memory Channels can be uploaded from the transceiver into a worksheet grid control where they can be modified as required, before being saved in a Microsoft Excel compatible file.  Details of the Menu Settings can also be uploaded, saved and downloaded.

The FTRestore is free to use although we may ask for a small donation sometime in the future to help Chris  (..link below)

You can download the application and documentation via the following links for FTRestore Ver.1.1.0 (9.46 MB) and or later; Relaesa Notes (65.54 KB); Documentation v1.1.0 PDF (1.77 MB) –
Un eccellente lavoro di Chris, che vive a circa 29 km da Sydney, Australia, si è ritirato dal lavoro professionale in Aprile 2014, dopo 42 anni di lavoro tecnico e sviluppatore. ( ! grazie VK2BYI) 

Link to: FTRestore VK2BYI for Instruction PDF & Software

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Please be aware that this software has not been developed as a commercial exercise, and is free. – [Note] Chris, not offer no warranty or guarantee of support and all use is at your own risk.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (..tnx to all)

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Alpha amps the Cadillac of HF amplifiers! to the RKR Designs, LLC – USA

The Alpha Amplifier are known worldwide as the Cadillac of HF power amplifiers! – RKR Designs, LLC of Longmont Colorado has announced that they have acquired the assets of Alpha Amplifier and TEN-TEC brands from RF Concpts – (News April 2, 2015 ) 

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This is Alpha’s latest product, the 4040 4 KW Antenna Tuner

RF Concepts makes and markets one of the flagship brands in amateur radio, the Alpha Amplifier line of HF power amplifiers. With the recent purchase of the Ten-Tec Corporation, RF Concepts now owns two iconic American brands in ham radio, ….now sold RKR!

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Less than a year after TEN-TEC and Alpha Amplifiers merged under the RF Concepts banner, the companies now have changed hands. – RKR said it plans to expand the product line while “continuing to service their customers”.

Link to: more news Ten Tec/Alpha Sold to RKR Designs

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Meno di un anno dopo che la TEN-TEC e Alpha Amplifier si sono fuse nella società RF Concepts, passano ancora di mano. -La RKR Designs LLC di Longmont, in Colorado, USA infatti il 2 Aprile ha annunciato di aver acquisito la RF Concepts con l’attività dei due marchi. RKR dichiara che prevede di espandere la linea di prodotti, mentre da ora continuerà a servire anche i loro clienti.
(pic’ by  AA7BQ/forums qrz com enhanced by RadioCronache)

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[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (..tnx to all)

Int-Marconi-day-2015_evidenza

International Marconi Day 28° Event 25/4/2015 “IY” Italian historic callsign

International Marconi Day 25/4/2015 – il 28° evento del IMD 2015 si svolgerà per 24 ore e  solo i contatti effettuati in HF dai 160 metri a 10 metri, più i 500 KHz saranno validi per la richiesta del diploma in tutti i modi CW, SSB, FM, AM e nei modi digitali.

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Special IY Marconi Radio Stations

International Marconi Day & AWARD Stations by GB4IMD – Cornish Radio Amateur Club – 28th event of 04/25/2015.
The Station List in the link below shows the possible stations known at this time but subject to conformation (!19/4/2015) – When confirmed as a participant in 2015 the text will change to BLUE, if not participating text will change to RED 

Link to: GB4IMD Cornish Club by g4usb web page list
link to: IMD 2015 Regolamento per il Diploma C.S.M.I.

Award-IMD-2015Award Certificate IMD 2015 Cornish Amateur Radio Club rilascia  due speciali Certificati per le stazioni che collegano le stazioni valide per l’International Marconi Day 2015. – Uno è rilsciato per le stazioni ricetrasmittenti e l’altro per gli SWL via Cornish Amateur Radio Club, G0FIC – IMD Awards Manager.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (..tnx)

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Wouxun KG-UV9D multi band two way radio coming soon from China

Wouxun KG-UV9D multi-band two way radio coming soon from China a new Dual Bands Transceiver and Seven Bands Reception. – Simultaneously Scanning on Twin Band. Download the 9D broshure in ENG, link below!

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For more information, read the full specs on the Wouxun KG-UV9D.

The KG-UV9D offers dual band transmit and seven bands reception. – The list includes 76-108MHz (FM radio), 108-136MHz (AM RX only), 136-174MHz (FM RX/TX), 400-512MHz (FM RX/TX), 230-250MHz (FM RX only), 350-400MHz (FM RX only) and 700-985MHz (FM RX only).
See the pictures below for a physical and cosmetic comparison between the Wouxun KG-UV9D and its popular cousin, the KG-UV8D (one year later)

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While the full color display is similar in design to the KG-UV8D, the new 9D radio looks and feels different! –  The KG-UV9D also has some new or improved features. –  Work Mode U-U U-V V-U VV Duplex Repeater / U-V V-U Duplex Work Mode and QT/DQT Encoding/Decoding QT/DQT Scan (non-standard CTCSS ?) and Cross-band repeat capability. – [NoteFor more information, read the official data-sheet.

Link to: Download the KG-UV9D Broshure in ENG (pdf)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (..tnx)