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QST reviews FTDX-1200 on January, 2014 vs VA7OJ’s NPR test – FTDX3000 Update Software Main V0115 & TFT V0108

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QST reviews the FTDX-1200 on Januaru, 2014, a overview of the YAESU 100W HF/50MHz Transceiver. –  ARRL labs including  81 dBc at 2 kHz RMDR (Reciprocal Mixing *) figure on 14MHz band, 3kHz roofing filter & 500Hz bw. See the complete Test report & NPR test by VA7OJ, Adam (82 dBc at 2kHz RMDR) link below. – FTdx-3000  Firmaware update: Main Ver.0115 and TFT Ver.0108 (11/19/2013).

 FTdx-1200_3000_block-diagram

Dynamic range (blocking, IMD and Reciprocal Mixing, related to Local Oscillator noise*) is a major limitation of receiver performance. It’s significant for amateurs who operate in contests, DX pileups, or others environments in which there are many strong nearby signal. – The Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range* (RMDR) is noise generated in a superheterodyne receiver when noise from the local oscillator (LO) mixes with strong, adjacent signals.

FTdx-1200 160-6 Meters Order #1200 by Universal Radio USA (rif. 12/15/2013)
List price: $2400.00 Sale Price: $1599,99 Net Price: $1449,99 (valid 12/31/2013)

 VA7OJ & FTdx-1200, S/N 3F02051 – Download the Complete Test (very good job!)

pdf_logoLink to: Downloada the FTdx-1200 Complete Test Report by VA7OJ, Adam (pdf)

QST 01/2014 “Key Summary” – (Intercept values ..determined using -97 dBm ref.)
Qui solo dati a 14 MHz, Pre OFF, 500Hz bw, 3kHz Roofing – FTdx-1200 / Ftdx-3000

  • ………….……Yaesu FTdx-1200…….…FTdx-3000
  • ………………QST January 2014….….. QST April 2013
  • Spacing 20 kHz blocking gain compression
    …………………………. 132dB*.……………….137 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-Order dynamic range
    ……………………….….101 dB……….……..….110 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-Order dynamic range
    ……………………….…..83 dB.…………….…. 100 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-Order intercept
    …………..……………+31 dBm…….……..…. +40 dBm
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-Order intercept
    ……………………….. +  4 dBm……………… + 23 dBm
  • Reciprocal Mixing dynamic range: 20/5/2 kHz  ofset:
    -104 / -91 / -81 dBc

ARRL Lab overwies ….the detailed results of all tests are available in the QST 01/2014 – [Note] QST Magazine is the monthly membership journal of ARRL (…login necessary)
Link to: ARRL – American Radio Relay League for Amateur Radio Home-page

italianoLo FTdx-1200 condivide l’aspetto esterno e le dimensioni del fratello-cugino FTdx-3000 che però utilizza la down-conversion in IF.  L’FTdx-1200 ha una diversa architettura per il circuito del ricevitore con la up-conversion in IF. – Come evidenziano anche i test di QST e di VA7OJ, Adam l’FTdx-3000 presenta numeri più performanti, l’FTdx-1200 ottiene valori riscontrabili, sia nel FT-950 che in  molti altri ricetrasmettitori recenti di costo medio basso. Quindi si può dire che si presenta con buone prestazioni, ma non fino ai livelli del ‘3000 o del ‘5000 dello stesso produttore! –
A parte per l’FTdx-5000 il tema: “OLED Display Dead” This saga will continue! The new mystery is why the dreaded white line  (link http://www.radiocronache.com/2012/10/p4581/) – [Note] FTdx-5000 Firmware Updates: The last upgrade i did was EDSP V.0546 and Main V.0124 (9/4/2013)

italianoSpectrum Scope & FFT-1 Unit (optional)
Il FTdx -1200 con il suo Display a colori da 4,3″ TFT offre una analisi di spettro che opera in una modalità intermittente. Cioè, automaticamente e in modo veloce (300 ms) sottrae una frazione al ricevitore e fa la scansione (sweep), bloccando l’audio del ricevitore. – Tra le veloci scansioni , mostra l’ultimo “snapshot” prelevato nell’intervallo settato (in due modi Select or Auto mode). –  Se si acquista la scheda opzionale FFT-1, la portata dello spettro può anche funzionare come un oscilloscopio per osservare attentamente sia il segnale audio ricevuto, sia il segnale audio trasmesso con il dominio del tempo in frequenza (cascata = waterfall) (AF FFT Audio Frequency Fast Fourier Transform). L’Unità TFT-1 permette anche la decodifica e codifica interna di RTTY, PSK31 ed anche CW (telegrafia) con messaggi visualizzati sul Display TFT e memorie. (ed altro!)

italianoPorta USB e interfaccia SCU-17 (optional)
SCU-17_USB-Interface-2Per l’utilizzo dei nuovi computer dotati di sole Porte USB, invece dei vecchi connettori seriali (RS-232), Yaesu offre in vendita la “SCU-17 USB Inteface Unit”.

Oltre a fare da adattatore Seriale/USB-2, semplifica le operazioni radio in modo Dati e RTTY con l’audio In/Out e CAT control via porta USB-2 e però servono cavi adattatori vari per i collegamenti.

FTDX-1200 Firmware Updates - Main CPU Ver. 01-15 and TFT Ver. 01-08

FTdx1200 upgrade V-0115_V-0108

FTdx-1200 New Firmware Update - Main CPU Ver. 0115 and TFT Ver. 0108 has just been posted 11/19/2013 by YAESU USA on his web-site. – Please read the  Yaesu FT3k Firmware Upgrade Manual & Yaesu Information before proceeding!

[Note] There are four different Software installations (Yaesu still uses the multiple software systems installations! on the FTdx-3000, Icom and Kenwood instead use a unified software environment) – Each one must be followed carefully. – Installing the wrong type software may cause difficulties. !! You are only doing the Main-CPU and TFT updates.
[Note] The rig has to be started in different ways for each of these two updates to work!  The Yaesu “Firmware Upgrade Manual” has the update procedure for all of the Firmware-Modules & extention type (MAIN .SFL – DSP .dat – TFT .bin – FFT .dat), and for all Trasfer-Softwares (!! FSW018 – FW-DSP – TFW – FW-FFT !!) – See this Yaesu complex procedure step-by-step! – [… already running out of fingers when  try to reset, etc. etc. !]

pdf_logoLink to: Yaesu USA (Main V0115 TFT V00108) Update Information (ENG)

pdf_logoLink to: Yaesu USA FTDX3000 Latest Firmware Upgrade Manual  (ENG)

[Note] 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 by IØgej)!

 

TS-990S New Ver. 1.05 – TS-990 徹底解説集 Base Station Being Built – In-Depth Manual JPN – RadCom Review and NC0B Full Test

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TS-990S firmware  updated to Version 1.05 of 11/15/2013  – The Kenwood TS-900′s Base Station Being Built (new video now in ENG !) – The RadCom Review by G3SJX, Peter & the Sherwood NCØB Full Test Report – TS-990 Pictures and inside view below – !! The In-Depth Manual  for the TS-990  in Japanese JPN  ファームウェア Ver.1.05 – TS-990 徹底解説集  (!! In-Depth Manual_JPN) 18.3MB. PDF ( 2013年11月15日)

The Kenwood TS-990S has been updated to Version 1.05 of 11/15/2013, owners can update the transceiver’s firmware by using a USB flash drive as detailed on the Kenwood Firmware update information web-page – Last updated: November 15, 2013 (see the link below)
I think we should do the firmware because it will upgrade your RTX a lot more than all the specific items mentioned on the Kenwood web-site.

Link to: TS-990S Firmware update info & Updated items & symptoms 

If you agree with the details listed on the Kenwood informations web-page (see “Firmware updating procedure”), click the following link to download the original firmware file: TS-990 V105.zip / 12.8MB – [Note]: The latest version includes all previous updates.

Link to: Download the original Kenwood TS-990 Firmware Ver.1.05.zip (link)

[Note] The firmware update is applicable to the following units. Model: TS-990S Serial numbers: From  S/NO. B32xxxxx through S/NO. B3Bxxxxx approx. – You can check the firmware version of your TS-990S by pressing [M.IN] (!…Memory) + Power ON. – After startup, the Firmware Update screen appears and shows the firmware version.

JVCKenwood news –  Now we have a In-Depth Manual  for the TS-990 ready, but at the moment only in Japanese language (PDF 18.3MB) !!

ファームウェアをVer.1.05にアップデートしました。TS-990 徹底解説集」を追加しました

 TS-990 Firmware Ver.1.05  (!..Japan: ファームウェアVer.1.05 11月15, 2013) 

TS-990S Kenwood Base Station Being Built  (22/ott/2013) – Giving you a rare glimpse behind the scenes at Kenwood’s Communications Division factory at Yamagata, in northern Japan, this video shows our new flagship Amateur Radio transceiver the TS-990S being built.

TS-990 spiegazioni approfondite in JPN (Japan: TS-990 徹底解説集  PDF: 18.3MB)

TS-990_PreSelector TS-990 Main-LO-C-N TS-990_TCXO-stability

Link to: The USB-to-Serial Adapter Cables for Ham Applications by WA8LMF

TS-990S & IC-7800 RTTY Decode – Kenwood 990′s a main receiver with a down-conversion 8.248 MHz 1st IF, the 1st Mixer is a double balanced grounded switch (H-mode mixer type)  and employs a double-conversion system – The sub receiver which incorporates the TS-590S receiver architecture.

TS-990S-rttydecode IC-7800-rttydecode TS-990S_internal-1

Video demo – TS-990S RTTY TEST – Connected to a Dell 30″ TFT Monitor with DVI

TS-990S the Peter Hart, G3SJX Review on RadCom of June 2013

RadCom-review-logoClick on the icon (…side) to find out what RadCom
Magazine had to say about TS-990S. (RadCom …link Kwd-uk)

TS-990S Updated Full Test Report by Rob Sherwood on July, 2013 

CTU-2013_NC0B RMDR_04 RMDR_08

RMDR_05 RMDR_06 RMDR_07

pdf_logoLink to:  TS-990S Updated Full Test Report by Sherwood May/June 2013

[Note] 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-7100 Video in use 07/14/2013 – Advanced Instructions – RS-BA1 V.1.40 & RC-28 V.1.01 – ID-51A/E MARS CAP

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IC-7100 HF/VHF/UHF Multi Mode & D-STAR DV the new Advanced Instructions pdf 379 pages !! Video IC-7100 in Use CW – LSB – WFM – RTTY (Sunday 07/14/2013) – Designed to the 70MHz band in European versions – Download the new ID-51A/E & IC-7100 brochures (EN) – ID-51 MARS-CAP Modification – Read the QST Review ID-31A, see link below -

IC-7100_instructionsICOM IC-7100 Advanced Instructions Manual a new pdf of 379 page ( Icom America July 2013). These Advanced Instructions describe the details of the IC-7100 features.
This PDF formatted manual provides you with convenient functions, as follows. …. Shows a term description When the mouse cursor is moved over a term which is highlighted in yellow, the description of the term is displayed.
The screen shots at the right column,correspond to the perating instructions and procedures shows both setting and operating example. The location of the keys used in the described steps in the left column are illustrated.. etc.

Link to: Downloada the IC-7100 Advanced Instructions pdf 19.3MB (ENG)

L’Icom IC-7100 finalmente è stato approvato dalla  FCC ID AFJ339300 25.6.2013

IC-7100 List Price $1999.00 Your Price: $1665.95 USD – (Universal Radio Inc.)
IC-7100 #03 List Price €1477,16 (inc. 21% IVA IT) – (Marcucci Spa Importer)

IC 7100 in Use CW – LSB – WFM – RTTY – Sunday Morning 07/14/2013

IC-7100 the size is just about the same with IC-7000 Series and IC-706 & IC-706MKII, but it has a slanted header and can not be mounted on the main body. Touch Screen and user friendly mode and many menu could be easily controlled via Microphone, including changing mode and band selection.

IC-706MK2G IC-7100_Box-rearpanel IC-7200_manpack

At Dayton Hamvention 2013, ICOM the booth rep says there are now 27,000 D-STAR users with over 1,000 repeaters — and they’re dropping the price on those repeaters.

Icom Inc. has updates RS-BA1 Ver. 1.40 &  RC-28 USB encoder Ver. 1.01

Major improvements of the function RS-BA1 V.1.40 (!! must be insert code from CD)
1. IC-7100 is now supported.
2. Improved for stable operation with RC-28 after PC comes out of the sleep mode.

Major improvements of the function RC-28 V.1.01
1. Improved for stable operation after PC comes out of the sleep mode.

Link  to: Icom co.jp-word support download Software & link to Firmware

IC-7100_ID-51

ID-51A/E 2m + 70cm Dual Band Portable – 5/2.5/1.0/0.5/0.1 Watts Output Power – RX: 88-174, 430-479MHz + AM Broadcast – Repeater Directory /Near Repeater) – Built-in GPS Receiver – Micro SD card slot for recording – IPX7 Submersible and more.. Download the new Icom Brochure EN PDF link below

ID-31_ID-51 ID-51_builtin-GPS

Der ID-51E verfügt über ein kompaktes 58 × 105,4 × 26,4 mm großes Gehäuse und wiegt mit Akku und Antenne nur etwa 255g –  Der integrierte GPS-Empfänger sorgt für schnelle Start-up-Zeit und genaue Position – Dowload Prospekt pdf

Link to: Download the new Icom ID-51 Brochure EN 13GS0020 PDF
Link to: Bitte entnehmen Sie diese Angaben dem ID-51E Prospekt

Link to: Read the QST Review of the ID-31A here! (Icom America Inc.)

Universal Radio (US) ID-51A  List Price: $756.00 Your Price: $579.00
Difona Communication (DE) ID-51E Special Price: €495,00 incl. 19% VAT

ID-51 Official MARS CAP Expanded TX & RX Mod by Icom America Inc. – MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System) has a long history of providing worldwide auxiliary emergency communications during times of need
RX frequency expansion – (Click the picture to enlarge)

ID-51-MARS-CAP-Mod_IcomA BAND – (FM/FMN/DV)
VHF: Expanded range: 137.000-174.000MHz.
UHF: Expanded range: 380.000-479.000MHz.
B BAND – (AM & FM only)
VHF: Expanded range: 108.000-136.995MHz. (AM), 137.000-174.000MHz. (FM)
UHF: Expanded range: 380.000-479.000MHz. (FM)
Remove D9 on Logic board. – [Note] How to open up the TX range on your Icom ID-51 this mod will provide transmit from 137-174 Mhz & 400-479 Mhz: See the video by K1LA link http://youtu.be/UR40ZA0yRds

IC-7100 at Dayton 2013 – Icom Inc. have released a new Brochure Pdf (EN), and the MSRP Price in Japan. The Importer Marcucci Spa  released the List price in Italia.  See more news, links, video and pictures below.

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IC-7100_Bande-setting IC-7100_Mode-setting IC-7100_Multimode-meter

D-STAR is NOT proprietary to ICOM, D-STAR is an AMBE Codec owned by Digital Voice Systems. Icom is the only manufacturer putting D-STAR in their currently available Icom rigs. – (!! Click to all pictures to enlarge)

Suggested Retail Price (Japan) ¥ 165,900 (base price ¥ 158,000 no taxes)
Marcucci Spa (Italia) – IC-7100 #03 Prezzo listino € 1.534,00 (+ IVA 20% !!)

IC-7100_one-touch

TMS3206745BPTPA3_DSPTMS320C6745BPTPA3 Device 3000MIPS (Million Instructions per Second) Clock 375MHz - a high-performance 32-bit floating point IF DSP delivers rich digital signal processing features, including digital IF filter, digital twin PBT, noise reduction, CW auto tune, etc.
Those digital features work on all bands from HF to V/UHF bands. The DSP digital signal processing is incorporated into the AGC loop. Built-in SD Card Slot for Voice & Log Storage

The optional RS-BA1 software allows you to operate the IC-7100 from a remote PC over the Internet or local home network. – (IP Remote through Home LAN) – (IP Remote over Internet) – also available the RC-28 Remote encoder.

Link to: Download the Icom IC-7100 new EU Brochure V.13GS0170 PDF  (EN)
Link to: Download the Icom IC-7100 new US Brochure V.13GS0160 PDF (EN)

[IC-7100] タッチパネル&スラント型コントローラーが、今までにない直観的で軽快なマルチバンド運用を実現 – HF+50MHz+144MHz+430MHz〈SSB・CW・RTTY・AM・FM・DV〉100W トランシーバー -

Link to: Download the Icom IC-7100 (JP) new  Brochure 2013-1-GSG661 (JP)

Touch Screen: The 48.6×75.9 mm in large “resistive” touch screen display can be operated even while wearing gloves.

LCD_Display_Six-Screenshots

italianoIC-7100 il nuovo HF/50/70/144/430MHz, Multi Modo & D-STAR DV compreso. Ha un nuovo sistema di comando IC-7100 Base operationintuitivo e rapido con “Touch Screen” resistivo. Si possono eseguire i vari settaggi operativi direttamente toccando lo schermo LCD a matrice di punti! Il Transceiver dispone di una Slot per inserire una memorie SD-card (opzionale) per memorizzare e gestire Dati, il Log e le funzioni GPS (anche il GPS è opzionale esterno) i dati dei Ripetitori D-STAR, etc.  (come già nel ID-51E/A). – Molto interesse alla Hamvention di Dayton 2013 – Icom ha annuncito la disponibilità a fine Giugno pv.

Purtroppo nessun ATU è stato integrato all’interno. Un accordatore automatico opzionale (come ad esempio l’AH-4 oppure l’AT-180) è disponibile per l’acquisto (!), per eventuali scopi di ottimizzazione con il sistema di antenna. – (Cliccare sulle varie immagini per ingrandirle)

Prezzo consigliato IC-7100 (!! in Giappone) ¥ 165,900 (prezzo base 158.000 ¥)

Marcucci Spa (IT) IC-7100 #03 listino € 1220,80 (+ IVA 22%) (upd. 01/01/2014)

Link to: Scheda in Italiano IC-7100 #03 di Marcucci Spa Icom importer Italia 

Anche questo apparato IC-7100 può essere utilizzato in remoto via porta USB con l’utilizzo del Software RS-BA1 della stessa Icom, con o senza RC-28 Remote encoder, sia via rete LAN o via Internet, naturalmente tramite l’impiego di Computer sia in locale che nel sito remoto. [Nota] con solo RS-BA1, allo stato, non si accende o spegne il Transceiver!

The 2013 Dayton Hamvention has come and gone. In this, video for Ham Nation, I show some of what we saw at the worlds’ largest gathering of amateur radio operators….. italianoLa Hamvention di Dayton del 2013 è venuta ed è già passata !! poi Julian dice: questo mio video per Ham Nation, vi mostra alcune delle cose che abbiamo visto al più grande raduno di Radioamatori del mondo! – (tks’ Julian & grazie by IØGej) – 22 maggio 2013 by jyunte’s channel.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official ICOM  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.

 

FTdx-3000D QST review – Comparison Table – NPR test VA7OJ – New Firmware Ver.0112

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FTdx-3000D Firmware now updated Main CPU Ver. 0112 and TFT Ver. 0106 for the HF 50MHz Transceiver. – The April QST Magazine has a favorable review of the FTdx-3000 ( – The QST Reviews Comparison Table by PA1HR, Hans, link below – Here is the link to VA7OJ FTdx-3000 FT-950 TS-590 IC-7700 IC-7600 IC-7410 and K3 etc. NPR Test Results, Analod/DSP radios.

The FTDX-3000 new Firmware Main CPU Ver. 0112 and TFT Ver. 0106 has just been posted 03/29/2013 by YAESU USA on his web-site. – Please read the latest version of the Yaesu FTDX3000 Firmware Upgrade Manual before proceeding! Checking current version on your Transceiver before download new upgrade!

[Note] There are four different Software installations (Yaesu still uses the multiple software systems installations! Icom and Kenwood instead use a unified software environment) – Each one must be followed carefully. Installing the wrong type software may cause difficulties.

[Note] The rig has to be started in different ways for each of these two updates to work!  The Yaesu “Firmware Upgrade Manual” has the update procedure for all of the Firmware-Modules & extention type (MAIN .SFL – DSP .dat – TFT .bin – FFT .dat), and for all Trasfer-Softwares (!! FSW018 – FW-DSP – TFW – FW-FFT !!) – See this Yaesu complex procedure step-by-step!

FTDX-3000D Implements & Improvements and Manuals see the Link below

Link to: Yaesu USA (Main V0112 Tft V00106) Update Information (ENG)
Link to: Yaesu USA FTDX3000 Latest Firmware Upgrade Manual (ENG)
Link to: Yaesu FTdx-3000D  >Files, USB Driver, Manuals, Software (ENG)

 QST_4-2013

QST reviews the  FTDX-3000 on April, 2013 – An favorable overview of the YAESU FTdx3000 100W HF/50MHz Transceiver on the QST magazine. ARRL labs including high close-in IMD3 data, but only -82 dBc at 2 kHz RMDR figure.

Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range (RMDR) is noise generated in a superheterodyne receiver when noise from the local oscillator (LO) mixes with strong, adjacent signals. – (See the QST April 2012,  pag. 55 [Large Box] Reciprocal Mixing Testing: What Is It?, written by Bob Allison, WB1GCM)

QST 4/2013 “Key Summary” – (Intercept values ..determined using -97 dBm reference)
Qui vengono riportati solo i numeri a 14 MHz, Pre OFF – RTX  FTdx-3000 / IC-7410

  • ………………………………………………Yaesu FTdx-3000………Kwd TS-590S
  • …………………………………………………QST April 2013.…….….. QST May 2011
  • Spacing 20 kHz blocking gain compression….137 dB*………….…….141 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz blocking gain compression….127 dB*……….……….121 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range…….110 dB……………..….106 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range….…100 dB…………….…… 97 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order intercept……………+40 dBm……………. +26 dBm
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order intercept………… +  23 dBm……………. + 22 dBm
  • Reciprocal mixing dynamic range: 20/5/2 kHz  ofset:  -106/-93/-82 dBc

See the April, 2013 issue of QST magazine for the complete review by ARRL Labs
[Note]: Area Members Only – to log-in; –
Link to: ARRL – American Radio Relay League for Amateur Radio Home-page

Noise Power Ratio (NPR) Testing of HF Receivers -© by Adam, VA7OJ/AB4OJ
- Using notched noise to evaluate dynamic receiver performance

Noise Power Ratio (NPR) Testing of HF Receivers – Using notched noise to evaluate dynamic receiver performance – (…. To put the impact of the NPR test into perspective, a -9 dBm Ptot level at 5.6 MHz BRF is equivalent to 1200 simultaneous SSB signals at -43 dBm each, i.e. S9 + 30 dB!) etc. etc…. by Adam Farson, VA7OJ/AB4OJ- (!! updated in March, 2013 – see the link below)

NPR_va7oj-labsCon il Test NPR Adam, spiega che il Generatore di Rumore Bianco (W&G RS-50 il suo) immette un segnale a banda larga al connettore d’antenna e quindi carica tutti gli stati del ricevitore, il Front-end, i Filtri e l’eventuale Preselettore, simulando la risposta alla ricezione di multi-segnali del DUT in prova (come in realtà succede collegandovi un’antenna). Dice poi Adam che questo Test equivale a 1200 segnali in SSB simultanei! a -43 dBm ciascuno i.e. a S9+30 dB! – Il rumore bianco viene rimosso con una tacca alla frequenza sintonizzata del ricevitore da un adatto filtro notch, inserito in serie tra generatore e antenna imput – A causa della distorsione dei circuiti del ricevitore (DUT imput), questa tacca (notch) tende a riempirsi con prodotti di intermodulazione, i cui effetti verranno oppurtunamente misurati in uscita (DUT output). – Here is the link to VA7OJ’s FTdx-3000 FT-950 TS-590S IC-7700 and IC-7410 K3 etc. NPR testing report in PDF of March 2013.

Link to: Download the NPR Testing  HF Receivers by VA7OJ Adam (ENG)

QST_table_pa1hrThe QST Reviews Comparison Table by PA1HR’s – Transceivers/receivers sorted by 2 kHz 3rd-Order dynamic range with the QST Key measurements summary figure.

[Note] This overview is provided for your convenience by Hans PA1HR; it is a summary of measurement figures and gives no indication of the ergonomics,the features and/or the operational characteristics of the transceivers/receivers.

Link to: QST Reviews Comparison Table here is the Link PA1HR Hans (ENG)

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders –  These events and news are reported for information only!

 

QST reviews KX3 on Dec, 2012 – SDR with a 0 Hz IF – KX3 Datasheet & Schematics

KX3 a SDR with a ØHz IF (Direct Conversion) – QST Magazine reviews the Elecraft KX3 HF and 6 Meter QRP 10W on Dec., 2012 by W1ZR, Joel and K1RO, Mark. – IMD3 dynamic range, Blocking gain compression and Reciprocal mixing it is at the “top of the heap”! – See below the QST 14MHz Key Summary and Internal pictures.  Watch  the Video KX3 with iSDR app. Link to Schematics & Block Diagram pdf !

QST 12月号のProduct ReviewにKX3が掲載されます。

See the December 2012 issue of QST magazine for the complete review and ARRL Lab test results – [Note] Area Members Only.
Link to: ARRL – American Radio Relay League for Amateur Radio

The authors write: To say that the KX3 is a Direct Conversion Radio misses the point. It would probably be more descriptive to say that the KX3 is a Software Defined Radio (SDR) with a Ø Hz IF and I/Q quadrature component receiver processing that provides single-signal reception. Those signals allow a PC running your SDR software to display the spectrum and usual rig control management. – Elecraft provides your choice of a cable that connects to a PC USB2 port or an RS-232 socket (add. $29.95 or so!) -

Link to: Elecraft KX3 the Schematics & Block Diagram pdf (ENG)

Link to: Elecraft KX3 Datasheet (pdf 5.5MB) ver. May 2012 (ENG)

Source: QST Reviews, we show only… the Key figures at 14 MHz

  • Band: 14 MHz – Pre OFF – (500 Hz BW,  500 Hz  roofing filter)
  • Spacing 20 kHz blocking gain compression….130 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz blocking gain compression….128 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range…….103 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range….…100 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order intercept…………..+34 dBm
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order intercept…………..+34 dBm

  

How To Connect Elecraft KX3 To iPad by WD9E - This video shows how to use the iSDR app with the Elecraft KX3 SDR Transceiver – (a great video, thanks WD9E!)

Link to: QST Reviews the Kenwood TS.590S on May, 2011 (TS-590 > K3 Key)
Link to: QST Magazine Product Reviews Key Soummary List by PA1HR, Hans

[Note] All marks are property of their respective owners. – Specifications are subject to change without notice!  – This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions.  –  Non si assume alcuna responsabilità per eventuali inesattezze nella visualizzazione dei dati e notizie. (Tnx)

 

IC-9100 Up. Firmware V.E1 – QST review April 2012 and the “NPR rx Testing” by VA7OJ

IC-9100 update the Firmware Version V.E1 of April, 2012 – Checking Version on your rtx – The NPR Testing of many HF Receivers by VA7OJ, Adam (latest NPR updated in March, 2013) see link below –  QST reviews IC-9100 on April, 2012 by WW3DE, see the summary key 14MHz below – RS-BA1® remote control system … really cool stuff and Linck, Video and more.

IC-9100 Checking the Version installed – (idem for the IC-7410)

IC-9100_checking-version1) – Press and hold [F4] and [F5] while turning [ON] the IC-9100 – (idem for the IC-7410)
2) – Do NOT release [F4] and [F5] until you have READ the Version results (3)
3) – Results will appear at the bottom of the display

Results for latest V.E1 – F: 3.01-000 = Front (currently no updates) – M: 3.42-E00 = Main (currently no updates) – DM: 3.03 <00> = DSP Main (Previous version should read 3.02) – DS: 3.04 <00> = DSP Sub (Previous version should read 3.03) – (!! Read the Icom information)

[Note] for the IC-7410 HF/50MHz  is NOT granted any firmware, for now

The IC-9100 Firmware V.E1 has just been posted 13/3/2012. – This upgrade is applied from a PC via the rear-panel [USB B] port. – The IC-9100’s firmware can be updated if desired. By updating the firmware, new function(s) can be added and performance can be improved. – This capability ends months of speculation: “Is it or isn’t it?”  – – See the Utility Link, the QST Review, the latest NPR rx Testing (3/2013) by VA7OJ  and RS-BA1 remote control … below !

IC-9100 la Versione V.E1 del Firmware è disponibile dal 13/03/2012.

Con questo terminano le incertezze e le voci varie, sì l’IC-9100 ha il suo Firmware aggiornabile!
Come verificare la Versione del Firmware nell’IC-9100 e IC-7410: vedere comandi riportati più sopra; –  I dati identificativi dell’ultima Versione E1 rilascita da ICOM Inc. solo per l’IC-9100,  ove già installata a bordo oppure  dopo aver fatto l’aggiornamento, apparirano sulla parte bassa del Display con una serie di valori (vedere più sopra) – [Nota] Per l’IC-7410 non risultano ancora aggiornamenti ad oggi – (NB: Informarsi tramite tutte le news ufficiali di Icom!)

Il firmware del IC-9100 può essere aggiornato, se uno lo desidera, tramite un PC e via porta [USB-B] sul pannello posteriore. Con l’aggiornamento del firmware, naturalmente, possono essere aggiunte nuove funzioni e migliorate le prestazioni via, via da parte del costruttore. –
[Note]: A USB cable type A-B  is required. – Please read Icom “Firmware update instructions” PDF

Link to: Icom Co. Jp Firmware V.E1 Official download page
Link to: Icom Co. Jp Firmware Update Manual Istructions

Noise Power Ratio (NPR) Testing of HF Receivers -© by Adam, VA7OJ/AB4OJ
- Using notched noise to evaluate dynamic receiver performance

Noise Power Ratio (NPR) Testing of HF Receivers – Using notched noise to evaluate dynamic receiver performance – (…. To put the impact of the NPR test into perspective, a -9 dBm Ptot level at 5.6 MHz BRF is equivalent to 1200 simultaneous SSB signals at -43 dBm each, i.e. S9 + 30 dB!) etc. etc…. by Adam Farson, VA7OJ/AB4OJ- (!! updated in March, 2013see the link below)

Con il Test NPR Adam, dimostra che il generatore di rumore bianco immette un segnale a banda larga che carica tutti gli stati del ricevitore, il Front-end, i Filtri e l’eventuale Preselettore, simulando la risposta alla ricezione di multi-segnali del DUT (come in realtà succede collegandovi un’antenna). – Il rumore bianco viene rimosso alla frequenza sintonizzata del ricevitore da un adatto filtro notch, inserito in serie. – A causa della distorsione dei circuiti del ricevitore (DUT imput), questa tacca (notch) tende a riempirsi con prodotti di intermodulazione, i cui effetti verranno oppurtunamente misurati in uscita (DUT output).

Link to: Download the NPR test in PDF by VA7OJ Adam (pdf ENG)

QST reviews the  IC-9100 on April, 2012 – An overview of the ICOM IC-9100 MF/HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver on the QST magazine by Rick, WW3DE  NCJ Managing Editor (ARRL).

Da: “Key Summary” – (Intercept values ..determined using -97 dBm reference)
Qui vengono riportati solo i numeri a 14 MHz, Pre OFF – RTX  IC-7410 / IC-9100

  • …………………………………..Icom IC-7410……………..Icom IC-9100
  • …………………………………QST October 2011.………….. QST April 2012
  • Spacing 20 kHz blocking gain compression….144 dB…………….…….142 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz blocking gain compression….111 dB………….……….111 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range……106 dB…………….…….108 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range….….88 dB…………….………87 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order intercept……………+29 dBm……………….+29 dBm
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order intercept……………+  5 dBm…………….….+  2 dBm

See the April, 2012 issue of QST magazine for the complete review and ARRL Lab test results.
[Note]: Area Members Only – to log-in; –
Link to: ARRL – American Radio Relay League for Amateur Radio Home-page

QST pag. 55 [Large Box] RMRD, written by Bob Allison, WB1GCM
– From this review forward, we will include RMDR in the Key Measurements Summary.
Reciprocal Mixing Testing: What Is It?
You may notice two new color bars in the “Key Measurements Summary” at the top of this review. These are for Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range (RMDR), with measurements at 20 and 2 kHz spacing. …….omissis …….. Reciprocal mixing is noise generated in a superheterodyne receiver when noise from the local oscillator (LO) mixes with strong, adjacent signals.

RS-BA1® Remote control system (QST… Now for the Really Cool Stuff )

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 and VAC. The Icom USB driver must be installed.
Link to: Watch the Video RS-BA1 setting (IC-7410) by GoospeedGoo

QST, verso la fine, tratta anche il Software RS-BA1® opzionale della ICOM, che consente di operare l’IC-9100 in remoto tramite Internet o una rete locale LAN. (Porta USB ad  un PC locale (Server),  un’altro PC remoto (Client). Uso di Porte audio virtuali (VAC), oltre ad uno specifico USB Driver da installare prima di collegare l’apparato al PC)
Per caricare il software, dovrete inserire l’ID del prodotto e la chiave di licenza dall’etichetta del CD acquistato. – Icom dopo la prima versione ha rilasciato un aggiornamento: Ver. 1.20 – 01/04/2011

Link to: Manuale PDF dal sito web di VA7OJ, Adam, www.ab4oj.com.
Link to: ICOM America  RS-BA1® Guida rapida di riferimento on-line
Link to: Icom USB Driver(Ver.1.10) –  Driver Utility and manuals.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official ICOM Inc. sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.

 

FTdx-5000 Update Software Main V.0123 – SP1NY OLED’s display replacement tutorial

FTdx-5000’s Update Software Main Ver.0123 released 10/22/2012. The Yaesu USA information PDF (link) –  SP1NY OLED’s sub-display replacement DIY (do it yourself) tutorial – Step-by-step procedure to replace the faulty OLEDs (EL) on the FTDX-5000 Front panel – See the Software Info (link),  QST review PDF (link) below.

FTDX-5000 OLED change DIY tutorial and more info.

On the FTdx-5000’s three EL “OLED” Electro Luminescence displays maximize your operation with useful and tactical supportive information. –
[Issue]:) OLED subdisplay broken (see the picture) one vertical white line or plus lines appear in them! – More people had the same issue (see the FTdx-5000’s Yahoo Group). – It seems that it’s an mortality of the OLED driver chip that is integrated into the ribbon connector of the display or so.

Step-by-step procedure to replace the faulty OLEDs – (! other by link below)

  
…………………………………………………………………………………………………….
 On the first OLED one line starts faint and then become brighter and brighter. In the mean time second one showed up with it’s full brightness and thikness.
On the second OLED first line starts with almost full brightness then after about two weeks second one appeared dummy and thick, increasing brightness, day by day then starts slowly dimming or so – [Note] !! These events are reported for information only!

Link to: FTDX-5000 OLED change DIY tutorial (many items) by SP1NY

FTDX-5000 Yaesu USA Update Software with Main Ver.0123 (10/22/2012)

You need a serial cable from your computer to the serial port on the FTdx-5000’s. – If you use a USB port to serial interface adapter, make sure it is the FTDI chipset or so. – Update Software in the FTdx-5000 it takes a little practice for the many “DIY” steps procedures. – By the way, each update has all the previous updates, so you only have to do the latest one. – The tricky part is throwing the programming switch inside the back of the Transceiver!

!! Please see the versions list on the PDF Yaesu and be sure to read the entire package before doing anything.

The latest versions are listed below with the release dates (! partial list).
・ MAIN Software Version 0123 (10/22/12)
・ EDSP Software Version 0537 (7/20/11)
・ OEL (OLED) Software Version 0110 (3/23/10)
・ SM-5000 Software Version 0107 (3/23/10)
Link to: Official Yaesu USA Sofware Information released 10/22/2012
Link to: HB9ZS FT-5000 Utilities and Memory Saver – Fine Swiss utility!

FTDX5000’s QST Review –  Both receivers cover from 0.03 to 60 MHz. Receiver A is double conversion, with the first IF at 9 MHz and the second DSP IF at 30 kHz for SSB and CW and 24 kHz for AM and FM modes. Receiver B is a tripleconversion design, with the first and second IFs at 40.455 MHz and 455 kHz, respectively, and the DSP third IF identical to the second IF in the main receiver

Link to: Download the December 2010 QST review here (link-ML&S !)

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders –  These events and news are reported for information only!

 

FT-450D HF/50MHz Tranceiver, Product Review, QST, 11/2011 by Mike, W5MPC

Yaesu FT-450D HF/50MHz Transceiver, Product review, QST, November 2011. Reviewed by Mike Corey, W5MPC. – Following in the line of the FT-100D, FT-817ND, FT-857D…. arrived it the FT-450D!

The FT-450D adds a standard internal ATU that cover the 6 to 160 meter bands (operation is very easy), and several ergonomic upgrades to the original FT-450. – New knob design, new standard hand mic., Button illumination and 500 and 300 Hz CW filters. (…please click the thumbnail to enlarge!) – See …..the link below !

QST Key summary 20m only: 500 Hz bw, Pre-off… 20 kHz spacing blocking gain compression 134 dB / IMD3 20 kHz 97 dB / IP3 +17 dBm. – FT-450D performance is about the same as the previous ‘450! – See the November 2011 issue of QST magazine for the complete review and ARRL Lab test results (members only….login)

A big improvement to the front pannel is backlighting for the buttons, strong enough that buttons can be seen from several feet away ub a dark room, and a significant improvement over the CW filter in the previous FT-450 Transceiver.

Link to: ARRL – American Radio Relay League for Amateur Radio Home
Link to: Vertex Standard >Company Profile >Historical Highlights !!!

QST reviews IC-7410 on web 25.08.2011 – IC-9100 and IC-7410 Test reports by VA7OJ

An overview of the ICOM IC-7410 HF 50MHz Transceiver on the QST magazine by Rick, WW3DE  NCJ Managing Editor.  – QST reviews the  IC-7410 on October, 2011 -

Adam Farson, VA7OJ released  Ic-9100 and IC-7410 Test reports. Here are the links:

Link to: Download the IC-9100 Test Report in .PDF by Adam  !!(54 pag.)
Link to: Download the IC-7410 Test Report in .PDF  by Adam !!(41 pag.)

Many thanks Adam for doing all those tests – and for writing them up so thoroughly – and for publishing your reports! really appreciate your hard work – IØgej RadioCronache

Molte grazie Adam per aver fatto tutti i test sui Transceiver IC-9100 e IC-7410 della Icom – per ever scritto i risultati e le valutazioni in modo molto approfondito e professionale – ed anche per la loro pubblicazione! apprezzo molto il  grande lavoro – IØgej RadioCronache

 !! See the QST 14MHz Key Summary data and the Video QST Reviews by ARRLHQ (TNX to Lab Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM) below

Guarda  QST i dati a 14MHz da  Key Summary  e il testo più ampio in italiano riportato più sotto e segue su full story (below)…

The ARRL has posted their review (October QST) of the IC-7410 on their website. – The basic numbers for the IC-7600 and IC-7410 are not significantly different; they are all up-conversion rigs with relatively wide roofing filters. – Receiver employs a double conversion superheterodyne system which has an image rejection mixer I/Q for the 2nd mixer stage. – The IC-7410 employs a higher speed DSP Unit: ADSP21369 with internal Clock 333MHz, 2000MFLOPS and the AD/DA converter AK4620B.

See the October 2011 issue of QST magazine for the complete review and ARRL Lab test results – [Note] Area Members Only – to log-in; –
Link to: ARRL – American Radio Relay League for Amateur Radio Home-page

Video QST Review: ICOM IC-7410 – It is nice watching this video in 1080p full screen mode.

Da: “Key Summary” – (Intercept values ..determined using -97 dBm reference)
Qui vengono riportati solo i numeri a 14 MHz, Pre OFF – RTX  TS-590S / IC-7410

  • …………………………………..Kenwood TS-590S……………..Icom IC-7410
  • ……………………………………QST May 2011…….…………..QST October 2011
  • ……………………………….. with a down conversion ………. with a up conversion
  • ………………………….……(500Hz,  roofing filter)..…(500Hz DSP bw, 3kHz roofing)
  • Band: 14 MHz – Pre Off
  • Spacing 20 kHz blocking gain compression….141 dB…………………….144 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz blocking gain compression….121 dB…………………….111 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range….…106 dB…………………….106 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range….….97 dB………………………88 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order intercept……………+26 dBm………………….+29 dBm
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order intercept……………+22 dBm………………….+  5 dBm

QST 07  2010 DR3 of the FTdx-9000 pep Yaesu flagship rig is 85 dB 2kHz spacing
QST 03 2007   DR3 of the IC-7800 Icom inc.  flagship rig is 86 dB  2kHz spacing

Sul sito web della ARRL QST è stato pubblicato il Test review dell’IC-7410 HF 50MHz Icom dal 25.08.2011 in formato PDF (solo per soci con log-in) –  Poi l’articolo si troverà nella Rivista QST del prossimo  mese di Ottobre 2011.

Pertanto la recensione completa del Transceiver ICOM IC-7410, a cura di Rick, WW3DE NCJ Managing Editor, sarà sulla rivista QST del mese di ottobre prossimo. I dati di base rilevati in laboratorio per l’IC-7600 e ora per l’IC-7410 non mostrano differenze significative tra i due apparati, sennò come struttura complessiva, DW, Display TFT a Colori, Analisi di spettro, decodifica RX e TX per RTTY e PSK31 . – Come si vedrà dal sommario qui sopra i numeri con 20kHz sono simili al TS-590S  settato, quest’ultimo, in up-conversion e Roofing da 500Hz contro i 3kHz dell’Icom!! con una certa differenza, invece, a 2kHz.  – A proposito di valori di DR3 (IMD3), che non sarebbe la primaria misura da valutare,  guardate la DR3 dei due flagship Yesu e Icom. ….continua…>

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QST reviews the TS-590S on May, 2011 – Top class performance at a middle price

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)

  • …………………………………………..Elecraft K3………………..Kenwood TS-590S
  • ………………………………………...QST Jan 2009……………………..QST May 2011
  • ………………………………………..In both operate with a double down conversion
  • ……………………………………(400 Hz, 8-pole roofing)………(500 Hz, roofing filter)
  • Band: 14 MHz – Pre Off
  • Spacing 20 kHz blocking gain compression….142 dB…………………….141 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz blocking gain compression….140 dB…………………….121 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range……106 dB…………………….106 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range……103 dB………………………97 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order intercept…………..+29 dBm………………….+26 dBm
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order intercept…………..+28 dBm………………….+22 dBm

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