Topics! breaking news: FUNcube-1 by AMSAT-UK’s is GO FOR LAUNCH! / FUNcube Dongle Pro 64MHz to 1.7GHz SDR Receiver / New FunSDR software coming by Alberto, I2PHD (source sdritalia) / New FDM-S1 FPGA based by ELAD S.r.l available in March 2012 (source woodboxradio)
The FUNcube-1 micro-satellite (CubeSat standard size) will carry a UHF to VHF linear transponder that will have approx 500mW PEP output and which can be used by Radio Amateurs worldwide for SSB and CW communications. -
AMSAT-UK is working on this new amateur satellite project: FUNcube-1 is a complete educational single CubeSat project with the goal of enthusing and educating young people about radio, space, physics and electronics, will be launched with a number of other spacecraft from a DNEPR rocket sometime in the third quarter of 2012.
FUNcube Dongle Pro or “FCD” is a SDR Receiver! - The Pro version gives unlimited access to the frequency range 64MHz to 1.7GHz (1.1GHz – 1.27GHz omitted) – Similar to USB TV Dongle, the FUNcube Dongle simple fits into your computer’s USB port. It’s compatible with many radio reception programs … like the future FunSDR write by I2PHD (see below!) and it is uses standard USB drivers already integrated into the operating system! (…No drivers required!)
FUNcube Dongle Pro Prices: (for EC buyers Inc VAT at 20%): abaut £134.60/£137.22 inc. shipping!
FunSDR Software (in development) - The new software FunSDR which is working I2PHD, Alberto is (probably..) expected soon! - A few days ago was released the GUI Ver.1.0 beta 1- (note the nixie counter, very fine… like a vintage style) – Features are tailored to operation on VHF, UHF and Microwave frequencies with the FUNcube Dongle SDR Raceiver range.
As is known, I2PHD, is a genius in developing the software! The Winrad written by Alberto is a free software pioneering for the SDR radio applications. – The WRplus by Sandro Sfregola is a Software Defined Radio program derived from the base code of Winrad. << Click to enlarge the Screen shot GUI Ver.1.0 beta 1
FDM-S1 is an analog to digital conversion board, FPGA-based developed by ELAD S.r.l. made in Italy… wow! – The Preliminary Spec. and Special Price (EN/IT) by Link to: WoodBoxRadio – (Italy)
Anteprima: FDM-S1 hardware: Campionatore ADC 14bit – 61,44MHz – Campionamento diretto da 80kHz – 30MHz – Ingresso adatto fino a 200MHz* per Undersampling ( *Richiede filtri d’ingresso opzionali) Uscita su USB a 192kHz I&Q e altro! – SW1 Software: Ricezione AM CW SSB FM Stereo e DRM integrati – Tripla barra di sintonia (patent pending) – Doppio Filtro Notch e Filtro DSP variabili - Registrazione e riascolto dei 192kHz campionati e altro!
[Note for all topics]: All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders
Motorola will keep the Vertex Standard LMR, Inc. (Land-Mobile Radio, division), while the amateur, marine and air-band will be under the YAESU Musen Co. Ltd banner. – New Headquarter addres: Tennouzu Park Side Building 2-5-8 Higashi- Shinigawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo and the US subsidiary will be YAESU USA Inc. – See the Link below for read the full letter!
Yaesu Musen Co., Ltd ritorna nel settore amateur, marine and air-band, la famiglia Hasegawa fondatrice della Yesu ne acquista la totale proprietà. Il settore LMR (Land Mobile Radio) Vertex Standard, invece, viene totalmente ceduto alla Motorola, dopo quattro anni di jount venture. La data di questi cambiamanti societari è dichiarata per l’1.01.2012 – - – Happy New Year to All!
The effective date for this reorganization will be January 1, 2012. – The Company is wholly-owned by Founder’s family – Announced from Mr. Jun Hasegawa (Presidente/CEO Vettex Standard Co., Ltd), son of Sato Hasegawa JA1MP, the founder of Yaesu.
[Announcement]: A letter dated Dec. 27. 2011 from Jun Hasegawa President/ CEO Vertex Standard Co. Ltd addressed to:
“Dear Amateur, Marine and Air-band Valued Customers” … After four years of joint venture with Motorola, we have decided..
Vertex Standard LMR (Land Mobile Radio) division busines going to Mother Motorola
Link to: Vertex !! LMR digital tec! Land Mobile Radio ©2012 Vertex Standard LMR, Inc.
Do ut des Story!! … November 07, 2007 (source: Btown Monitoring Post blog)
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) will launch a tender offer to acquire a controlling interest in Vertex Standard Co., Ltd. (JASDAQ: 6821). Upon successful completion of the tender offer and subsequent restructuring process, Motorola will own 80% of Vertex Standard and Toko Giken, a privately held Japanese company, controlled by Jun Hasegawa, current president and CEO of Vertex Standard, will retain 20%, forming a joint venture. On 5 November 2007, the Board of Directors of Vertex Standard expressed their support of the tender offer. Yaesu, of course, as one of the Vertex Standard operations, will be included in this exciting development…… omissis….
!! This latest announcement says that they’re transferring the LMR business to Motorola and that the new Yaesu will be “wholly owned by the founder’s family”, I guess this means that Motorola is selling their stake in Vertex Standard back to the Hasegawa family… Do ut des !!
R&S®M3TR Software Defined Radios (Front panel on the image) – The new software Ver.7.0 supports third-generation Automatic Link Establishment (ALE 3G)* in line with the STANAG 4538 NATO standard. If a shortwave consumer receiver could do what this shortwave milspec transceiver hi!!
The heart of the new integrated communications system is the lightweight R&S®MR300xH/U manpack transceiver (1.5 MHz to 108 MHz or 25 MHz to 512 MHz), which offers solutions for all aspects of tactical communications - New Software Makes Rohde & Schwarz Shortwave Radios As Easy To Use As IP Phones -
Last-ditch voice enables reliable voice transmission even when the noise is stronger than the voice signal, ie with a negative signal-to-noise ratio. - The quality of shortwave links heavily depends on ambient transmission conditions such as solar radiation and atmospheric ionization – The software automatically adjusts the transmission rate to accommodate prevailing conditions. – Release 7.0 of the software also features the high throughput data link (HDL) protocol that allows transmission rates of up to 10 kbit/s under optimal conditions.
ALE 3G * - The latest ALE standard uses accurate time synchronization via GPS-locked clocks or a time server to achieve faster and more dependable linking. – It is generally known as 3rd generation or 3G ALE.
The Baofeng UV-3R Mark II Dual-Band HT VHF UHF Dual frequency on display, Dual Watch – They copied the VX-3R ?… very similar indeed – at least on the outside!! – US Market List Price $69.99 / Special save: $59.99 US - (source: Fleetwood web, powered by ©CafePress.com)
For European customers,1750Hz tone burst is standard. For North Americans, unlike other micro radios, we offer 5k frequency spacing. The dual-band DSP chip also allows you to work U/V -
The UV-3R Mk-II Transceiver has also passed CE, FCC and RoHS certification – !!…now, we buy regular equipment !!
Again the ©VGC Vero Global Communication Co.,LTD has announced another model similar to the UV-3R: the UV-X4 Dual Band Dual Watch Pocket Radio – Change the type of buttons on the front panel and Color body! – See the ©VGC image (click to enlarge) – Only the model name, trade name, and FCC ID are different. – The CE Code 0678 (!) is identical
[Note] Change the FCC ID of identification from the Baofeng Co., Ltd UV-3R Mk II (currently approved device) to the new VGC Co., Ltd UV-4X (electrically identical). – This…. for purpose of marcheting.
[Note]: This Radio Requires a License – !! Use Responsibly:
It is the buyers responsibility to ensure that your Two Way Radio or Amateur Radio is operated under, and controlled, within the laws that govern your respected area – Please consult your local radio/spectrum/government agency prior to any and all use
Nokia Windows Phone 7 – Nel video il ceo Stephen Elop inizia la presentazione del cosidetto in codice “Sea Ray” che è il primo smartphone con WS7 con una linea che è molto simile all’N9. Il nuovo modello con Meego da poco presentato dalla stessa Nokia. Gli evnti vengono seguiti con attenzione, incertezza e curiosità per queste strategie che arrivano con un certo ritardo sui mercati.
Nokia Sea ray Smartphone – video leaked today that shows the first working Windows Phone prototype device from Nokia. The phone, codenamed “Sea Ray,” looks almost exactly like the N9 smart phone Nokia announced this week – - – [Note] See the Video by grnsomnia below
Molti sembrano domandare in rete: perché avendo Meego pronto, per certi versi molto innovativo con l’hardware di Nokia sempre ottimo, abbiano scelto anche di lanciarsi nell’avventura Windows.
Nel frattempo, il sig. Elop ha confermato al sito finlandese “Iltalehti” che il novo N9, sarà il primo e ultimo modello Nokia con proprio sistema Meego. – (Click the pictures to enlarge..)
Molti altri invece si dicono convinti che Nokia e Microsoft vedranno premiati i loro sforzi. Tanti Sono convinti che Meego su N9 sarà un ottimo sistema operativo ma ritengono che il Top si potrà avere il prossimo anno con la piattaforma Windows 8 che potrebbe stravolgere il mercato dato ora già acquisito da altri.
Da quanto si può vedere il design è pulito, semplice e di sostanza, si potrebbe dire: alla facebook ! In rete si fa rilevare che è’ vero che Microsoft è sempre un po’ in ritardo… però è pur vero anche che la sua forza di recupero è stata sempre incredibile, basta ripensare a che cosa si diceva di XBOX che venne anche lei lanciata su un mercato dove già la PlayStation aveva il 99% del mercato!!
Video Nokia Sea Ray : Το πρώτο Windows Phone της Nokia
QST Magazine reviews the TS-590S on May, 2011 by N0AX, H. Ward Silver . The review radio originally shipped with firmware Ver 1.00 (S/N B0900113 September, 2010) but was upgraded to firmware Ver. 1.02 for final testing on the ARRL Laboratory.
N0AX also writes: The TS-590 is a very interesting superhetero-dyne that operates as either a double-down conversion (RX1), used on the 160, 80, 40, 20 and 15 meter bands for SSB, CW and FSK only; Triple up-conversion (RX2) chain on other bands, including 10 and 6 meters is used for wider IF BW such as for AM and FM, in addition to the SSB, CW and FSK.
Source: QST reviews, we show only the figures at 14 MHz, Pre OFF ( K3 / TS-590S)
I found the adjustable AGC action to be quite clean — no clicks, thumps or pops. It’s possible for a very close signal to be inside the roofing filter but outside a narrower DSP filter, causing the audio level to fall dramatically, but the signal has to be really close.
When either NR system is turned up to its most aggressive setting audible artifacts are created (NR2 artifacts sound like the band is “boiling”) but both are far better than the noise they have replaced.
The only problem I encountered was a significant power overshoot on the leading edge of a first dot or dash before recovering to the intended level. That caused the ACOM Series amplifier to trip offline unless we reduced drive, dropping amp output to 800-1000 W. – The problem was eliminated by a Ver. 1.02 firmware upgrade from Kenwood and verified by testing with the same amplifier at W1AW at the legal limit. –
Link to: Web-page Firmware Ver.1.02 01/20/ 2011 and Download full RadCom Review!
Link to: Web-page TS-590S News On air test Video! Download User Manual & more info
QST fa il test al TS-590S su Maggio 2011 – Top performance ad un prezzo medio basso
QST Magazine n. 5/2011, esamina il nuovo Kenwood con N0AX, H. Ward Silver; Un transceiver di classe top a prezzo medio basso scrivono. – Il TS-590S esaminato è arrivato alla ARRL in imballo originale con il Firmware 1st Ver. 1.00 (S/N B0900113 di Settembre, 2010), poi per il test finale è stato aggiornato con la nuova Ver. 1.02 nello stesso Laboratorio della ARRL.
Power overshoot? Nell’impiego del TS-590S con amplificatori, in particolare con la serie ACOM, sono stati riscontrati problemi di picchi di potenza di millisecondi all’atto dell’inizio trasmissione, questo problema risulta risolto da Kenwood con il nuovo Firmware Ver. 1.02 del 20.01.2011 che al punto 5) riporta la questione tra le varie migliorie apportate con l’aggiornamento ..Vedere il link più sopra che porta alla pagina web con info sul Firmware 1.02 e al Test completo del TS-590S di RadCom di Gennaio 2011 della RSGB
Le caratteristiche del TS-590S si trovano anche in Italiano su Kenwood Electronics Italia
Link to: Kenwood Electronics Italia – Comunicazioni TS-590S
OY/PA0VHA and Team DX-Pedition to Faroer Island from 22.05.2011 till 03.06.2011. IOTA EU-018, WLOTA 2216, IP62lc. – The next trip is to a small island the Faroer with the prefix OY. The Faroer is between the Shetlands and Iceland. Hans PA0VHA, Steef PA2A and Wim PA2AM are qrv from 22-05- till 03-06-2011. all HF bands in CW and RTTY, also qrv on 6m and 4m and Wim PA2AM is also qrv via satelliet AO-51. – QSL via home call.
PA2AM, Wim van der Zwan declares on his blog this equipment:
2 x Elecraft K-3 and K-2
1 x Kenwood TS-850 and TS-590
1 x Icom IC-9100
3 x Acom 1000
1 transverter ME4-t for 4m
IC-7410 HF/50MHz Icom Transceiver CE Conformity: Icom Inc. Japan Declare that this equipment complies with the essential requirements of the radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive, 1999/5/EC…. 14th Jan. 2011
US MRSP: List Price: $2475,00 Your Price: $1999,95 !! (source Universalradio Inc)
In fondo tutte le notizie in italiano qui sotto il Link alla scheda IC-7410 #05 di Marcucci distributore Icom Italia. – Il Nuovo prezzo di listino pubblicato a Luglio è ora di € 1.680,00 + IVA +20% !! (invece il prezzo di aprile 1652,00 e a febbraio 2011 di € 1.848,00 + IVA)
Icom Inc. Jp Update 2010/12/24 the Software USB Driver last Ver. 1.10.
The driver supports the following radios (as of December 2010): IC-7200 IC-7410 IC-7600 and IC-9100.
This driver is for Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7 only, [Note] if you require to USB driver for Windows® 98SE/Me/2000, please use Ver.1.00.
Link to: Icom co jp Word support Download the last USB Driver Ver.1.10
Link to: Icom IC-7410 More news on VA7OJ’s web page by Adam
Link to: IC-7410 Ver.#05 Ricetrasmettitore HF/50MHz Scheda Marcucci IT
Link to: Download the IC-7410 User Manual in ENG 18.79MB ! PDF
The IC-7410 provide a USB connector Rear panel. - Using a USB cable, connect a PC to do the following: Input modulation / Remotely control the transceiver using CI-V commands / Send the received audio to the PC / Send the decoded characters to the PC. – However, you must install the correct Icom-supplied driver on your PC.
About the USB driver:
The USB driver and the installation guide can be downloaded from Icom Inc. Jp website. Before starting the download, please read “USB driver installation guide”!!
IC-7410 HF/50MHz, the he Instruction Manual ENG Ver. A-6904H-1EX for the new Transceiver, is available on the Icom Co. Jp. web-page from 01.07.2011.
The firmware is not upgradeable via USB !! In the Manual there is no chapter for this. Same as the previous Models IC-7400 nd IC-746PRO….! -> See the Link below for downloads and more…
The IC-7410 employs a higher speed DSP unit compared to the IC-746PRO/7400’s DSP unit. The AD/DA converter AK4620B allows for a high dynamic range. Receiver employs a double conversion superheterodyne system which has an image rejection mixer for the 2nd mixer stage.
Built-in ATU cover from 1.9MHz to 50MHz – can retune using builti-in memory. – Icom writes: Variable capacitors provide higher accuracy than a typical mechanical relay tuner.
The new Icom IC-7410 FCC ID AFJ318200 certification was granted: Date available 12.29.2010 on FCC OET-Web page -
With the RS-BA1, you can configure a remote control system through the Internet, or a LAN network. — Link to: Download the Icom RS-BA1 product brochure EN .PDF ….go more.. (…prosegue su: leggi tutto / full story)
Japan Earthquake 8.9 and Tsunami! Prayers for all people in Japan, God bless them!! - (Clik the photo and thumbnails to enlarge)
Both ICOM, Kenwood and Vertex Standard have issued statements concerning the affect of the earthquake on their factories.
It appears Icom’s facilities at Osaka and Wakayama are in the south of the country and Kenwood’s primary office facilities in Yokohama and Hachioji are to the south and west of the quake’s epicentre. Kenwood’s primary manufacturing facility is located in Malaysia. The production of Yaesu Amateur Radio equipment at Vertex Standard’s factory in Fukushima, Japan, has been temporarily halted due to earthquake damage. It is understood the factory is just 60km from the quake-stricken nuclear reactors ! – See the Link below
Link to: Icom Inc. and the Recent Devastating Japanese Earthquake – ENG
Link to: Kenwood Updates Current Status of Company Operations in JP – ENG
Link to: Download the Vertex Standard Message from the CEO/President ENG
Of course all radioamateurs will keeps the people of Japan in their thoughts and prayers during this time of extreme disaster. - Sad times for Japan, especially folks living near Sendai. The disaster area is in the north east, where the Tsunami hit the coastline and also the earthquake was closest to the epicenter. In the most affected Northern Japan, main highways remain closed, strictly available for emergency aid vehicles.
Terremoto in Giappone 8.9 e Tsunami! Naturalmente tutti i radioamatori non mancheranno di tenere il popolo giapponese nei loro pensieri e nelle preghiere in questo momento di disastro estremo. Tempi tristi per tutto il Giappone, soprattutto per la gente che vive vicino a Sendai. La zona del disastro si trova a nord est, dove lo tsunami ha colpito lungo la costa ed il terremoto è stato più violento essendo più vicina all’epicentro.
JARL – The Japan Amateur Radio League, Inc. – Emergency traffic.
【重要なお知らせ】 JARLでは、東北地方太平洋沖地震に際し、JA7RL/7 ほかRL局において、 主に7.030MHz SSBにより非常通信のワッチを実施しています。非常通信用周波数をクリーンな状態に保てるようにご協力をお願いします。!
click the Google picture to links: Alarm and warning, Person Finder japan Earthquake, Disaster message board, Shelter information, Donation to the Japanese RED CROSS SOSIETY (in JPY via Google Crisis Response)
Lista delle frequenze HF per il traffico di emergenza utilizzate in Giappone
IC-7600 Ver.1.11 has just benn posted 3/3/2011 - IC-7700 Ver.1.21 just benn posted 3/3/2011 and IC-7800 Ver.2.30 last updated on 31 January 2011. – Icom® have released these Firmware to increase the RS-BA1® IP Remote control functions and the new Time-Out Time Increase security. – For IC-7600 last Ver.1.11 Improvement of firmware Ver.1.10 (taken off) – Fot IC-7700 last Ver.1.21 Improvements software performance for the DSP UNIT. See the Link and news below…
Please read 7600/7700/7800 Firmware update information if you want to know more detail information of additional functions – !! The last Firmware is cumulative of the previus improvements
Nuovi firmware per IC-7600 Ver.1.11 e per IC-7700 Ver.1.21 appena rilasciati
IC-7600, la Ver.1.11 del firmware è stata appena inserita oggi 03.03.2011 nel sito-web della ICOM Jp. Il nuovo firmware aumenta i comandi e le funzioni per il C.IV control e per l’utilizzo del programma RS-BA1 Controllo remoto dei Transceiver sia via LAN da altre stanze di casa oppure via Rete Internet da qualsiasi altra località (Nota: leggere bene il manuale istruzioni RS-BA1 !)
IC-7700, la Ver.1.21 del firmware è stata inserita sempre il 03.03.2011 nel sito-web della ICOM Jp. Comprende tutti gli aggiornamenti precedenti, le nuove funzioni per RS-BA1 Controllo remoto ecc. in più Icom introduce qui miglioramenti alle funzioni della Unità DSP.
Per favore leggere le informazioni Icom per tutti i nuovi firmware rilasciati, per conoscere tutti i dettagli informativi e tutte le funzioni addizionali implementate, compresi tempi per il Time-Out Timer ora variabile da menù per maggior sicurezza - Gli ultimi firmware sono cumulativi dei precedenti!
Icom® has also released a new Software, Version 1.10 of the USB Driver on 12/24/2010. The Driver supports the following radios (as of December 2010): IC-7200 – IC-7410 – IC-7600 and IC-9100. This driver is for Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7 only, if you require to USB driver for Windows® 98SE/Me/2000, please use Ver.1.00. – See the Link and news below…
The RS-BA1 allows you to use the radio installed in another room using your home network or even from a remote location over the Internet - Most functions and modes of your transceiver, including interference rejection functions and IF filter settings, can be controlled. Also, S-meter and SWR can be observed, and more. - [Note] Click the image RS-BA1 GUI to enlarge
Firmware update information – (source: icom releases)
→ The configurable range of the CI-V address has changed to between 01h and DFh
→ Additional functions for CI-V commands are provided to support the RS-BA1 (Remote IP), as described on the Icom update information in PDF format. Command 10 has changed to be used not only to send tuning step settings, but also to read the.
While transmitting in the CW mode, or if the Break-in function is ON, the transceiver transmits CW code when the PC sends this comman, etc.
→ A new feature, the Time-Out Timer (CI-V) function is added to the Others Set mod. Turns the Time-Out Timer function ON (3, 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes) or OFF. Increased security: If a continuous transmission exceeds the selected time period, this function will cut off the transmission, to prevent a prolonged transmission. (default: OFF)
[Note]: This function will be activated only when you transmit using CI-V commands, or pushing [TRANSMIT] on the transceiver!
→ For IC-7600 last Ver.1.11 Improvement of firmware Ver.1.10 (taken off)
→ Fot IC-7700 last Ver.1.21 Improvements software performance for the DSP UNIT.
Link to: IC-7600 Firmware Ver.1.11 downl page now update 2011/03/03
Link to: IC-7700 Firmware Ver.1.21 download page update 2011/03/03
Link to: IC-7800 Firmware Ver.2.30 download page update 2011/01/31
Link to: Icom co jp word support download the Software Ver.1.10 USB Driver
About the Remote control system:
An RS-BA1® remote control system consists of at least one PC, which is used as a Base station (Server) and at least one PC, which is used as a Remote station (Client). Both PCs have to be connected with a network. [Note] Click the Remoting a Icom Radios picture to enlarge
Radios are physically connected to the Base station, and the Remote station can operate the radios through the network. In the remote control system, CI-V commands, control commands such as “Connect” and “Disconnect,” and audio are exchanged between a Base station and a Remote station, through their Remote Utilities.
Most functions and modes of your transceiver, including interference rejection functions and IF filter settings, can be controlled. Also, S-meter and SWR can be observed – Rx Voice recording function available and more.