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New SDR Communications Receiver Announced
The recently released, American made, CommRadio CR1 communications receiver is a true SDR (software defined radio), but does not require a computer. Enjoy the benefits and performance of state-of-the-art SDR, but in a conventional radio package. The CR-1 SDR is independent of a host PC, using embedded digital signal processing technology that provides a degree of portability and performance previously unavailable to the radio enthusiast. Coverage includes: 500 kHz-30 MHz, 64-260 MHz and 437-468 MHz in AM, SSB, CW, WBFM, NBFM modes. Memory and spectrum scanning are available on HF. The incredible performance is combined with exceptional portability and ease of use. The radio may be powered via USB or 6-18 VDC input. In both cases the optional Li-ion battery will be recharging, even when the radio is in use. All this top-shelf American technology and capability is housed in a solid, but very compact, metal case measuring 5.64 W x 2.43 H x 6.10 D inches. Click here for more CR1 information.
Dayton Hamvention 2013
The Dayton Hamvention is the largest amateur radio hamfest in the world! This year it will be held May 17, 18 and 19th in Dayton, Ohio. Visit the Universal Radio booth (506/507) to check out the new CommRadio CR-1 and other new radio products. For more information on the Hamvention visit: www.hamvention.org.
AOR Announces Two New Loop Antennas
AOR is shipping new wideband loop antenna called the LA-400. This antenna is from a long line of respected AOR indoor loop antennas. It follows in the tradition of the LA390, LA380, LA350, LA320 but has one entirely new capability. Unlike previous models, the band switching and fine tuning controls are not tied to the loop element. With these controls now on the control box and by using the optional LA400-RCK extension cables, it is now possible to tune the antenna while the loop element is setup at the best possible location. This antenna is now in stock at many AOR dealers. Click here for more LA400 information.
AOR has produced an outdoor loop antenna called the LA-800 that covers from 10 kHz to 500 MHz (tunable between 150kHz to 30MHz). The diameter of the loop is 2 feet 8 inches (80 cm). The LA800 comes with 33 foot (10 m) each of low loss coaxial cable and extension remote cable for remote tuning. Priced at about $800 this model will see service in high-end hobby applications as well as military and commercial venues. Click here for more LA800 information.
New Icom HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver
Icom is changing the shape of amateur radio with the unveiling of the new Icom IC-7100 all-mode HF/VHF/UHF mobile transceiver. The clever angled display is at home on your dash or on your desk, and it even features touch-screen technology. DSP at the IF level is the cornerstone of this impressive new multi-bander. RF power is HF 100 watts, 50 MHz 100 watts, 144 MHz 50 watts and 430 MHz 35 watts. Extended receive provides coverage from 30 kHz to 199.999 MHz and 400-470 MHz. Enjoy ±0.5ppm frequency stability and 505 memory channels. This radio requires 13.8 VDC at 22 amps. The rear panel has an antenna input for HF/6m and one for VHF/UHF bands.
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2012 Pirate Radio Annual
Pirate radio broadcasts can regularly be heard on shortwave if you know where to look. Some pirate programs are produced in a childish and amateurish manner and some extremely professionally showing great imagination and wit. Noted author Andrew Yoder introduces the topic, provides insights on tuning and QSLing pirates, but most importantly - provides an extensive review of pirate activity in the previous year. His extensive treatment includes both domestic pirate stations and international pirate stations heard in North America. As an exciting bonus, Yoder also includes an audio CD of 78 different pirate stations! Printed July 2012. 186 pages. Cabinet Communications.
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Grundig shortwave radios to El Salvador
Two Grundig model S350DL shortwave radios were presented for classroom use to the Dolores Souza school located in San Miguel, El Salvadore. The donated radios were donated each by Ears To Our World and Universal Radio.
The presentation was by Danys Guzman Colindres, Brother of Flower Lorenzo. Danys is shown on the right and the school Director is on the left. Next to him is the sub-Director of the school. Arrangements for the donation was courtesy of Don Schimmel.
Utility DXer's QSL Address Handbook
Steven Handler has written a well researched book that contains the postal and e-mail addresses of many shortwave Utility stations located on all seven continents. Beside the addresses, many listings contain QSL information indicating the type of QSL they issue, the preferred method of contact, information on station officials and verification signers and even comments and suggestions. There are over 40 QSL images, over half of which are in full color covering stations from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Antarctica, and even outer space. There are also QSLs from ships and even one from the Strategic Air Command's "Looking Glass" aircraft. Printed April 2012.
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WinterFest 2012 - March 1,2,3 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
The Winter SWL Fest is the annual conference of radio listener hobbyists of all kinds. Although the "Fest" is sponsored by NASWA - the North American Shortwave Association, it covers much more than just shortwave. Other areas include; mediumwave DXing, scanning, satellite TV, pirate broadcasting and more. For more information visit www.swlfest.com.
Worldwide Listening Guide
The Worldwide Listening Guide book explains radio listening in all of today's formats: “live,” on-demand, podcast, terrestrial, satellite, Internet, digital, analog, AM, FM, shortwave and WiFi. Here is a comprehensive guide to what can be heard how, where and when. Wire-bound to open in a flat, easy-to-use format. New expanded Fifth Edition. Printed December 2011 W5YI 160 pages.
Priced at under $25, this book is a must for world band enthusiasts. Click here for more information.
Grunding Annouces S450DLX Field Radio
Grundig is adding yet another new model to their world band radio line-up. The Grundig S450DLX boast dual conversion design, digital readout, 50 memories, backlit LCD and keys, wide-narrow bandwidth, S-meter, IF output, bass & treble, line out, line in, external antenna jacks and more.
Priced at under $100, this radio is now available. Click here for more information.
The AOR AR5001D Wideband Receiver Available
The recently unveiled AOR AR5001DB wideband communications receiver covers 40 kHz to 3150 MHz (less cellular) in: USB, LSB, CW, Wide FM, Narrow FM, AM and AM Synchronous modes. APCO P-25 mode is available optionally. We got to test drive this radio on June 1, 2010 in the Universal Radio showroom. This radio has some extraordinary features, and most impressive specs. Click here for more information.
Shown in photo: Mr. Takashi Nakayama KW6I, Executive Vice President, AOR USA Inc., Boomer and Ron Rateno W9WL, Operations Manager, Universal Radio Inc.
The government "U" version of this radio and the consumer "B" version are now available.
Pirate Radio Seminar
Noted radio author, George Zeller (shown in foreground) presented a seminar on Pirate Radio at Universal Radio on Saturday April 11, 2009. Mr. Zeller writes a pirate and clandestine shortwave radio column for Monitoring Times magazine. He is also a contributor to Passport to World Band Radio. This presentation covered pirate radio past and present and was part of the monthly NASWA Central Ohio Chapter meeting.
NASWA - The North American Shortwave Association, is the premiere organization in North America for shortwave listeners and DXers. Since 1961, NASWA has focused on domestic and international broadcasts on shortwave frequencies between 2 and 30 MHz. NASWA members receive The Journal, a printed monthly digest of the latest logs and news about shortwave radio, as well as various feature articles and columns. Members can also subscribe to a weekly e-mail DX tip sheet, Flashsheet for no additional charge.
The Central Ohio NASWA chapter meets every second Saturday at 10:30 A.M. at Universal Radio, 6830 Americana Parkway, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068 614 866-4267. Members and non-members are welcomed to attend. If you are interested contact Mike Rohde (shown in the background) at 614 527-1398 or email@example.com
Ears to Our World
Ears to Our World is a new humanitarian organization focusing on the distribution of shortwave radios in the developing world. The mission is specifically designed to enable children in the most remote, impoverished parts of the world to educational programming, local and international news, emergency information and music through the use of shortwave receivers. The initial focus will be on getting radios into the classroom.
Universal Radio donated the initial trial group of Grundig FR200 radios for Africa. Serah Mucha, Ears to Our World partner with World Corps Kenya, delivered the first Grundig shortwave radio to Saint Catherine's School in Kibera, Kenya.
Recently, Etón CEO and Chairman, Dr. Esmail Amid-Hozour, offered his enthusiastic support of this program with a generous commitment of hundreds of Grundig FR200 radios!
For more information on Ears to Our World visit: www.earstoourworld.org
New NASWA Chapter formed in Columbus, Ohio
NASWA - The North American Shortwave Association, is the premiere organization in North America for shortwave listeners and DXers. Since 1961, NASWA has focused on domestic and international broadcasts on shortwave frequencies between 2 and 30 MHz. NASWA members receive The Journal, a printed monthly digest of the latest logs and news about shortwave radio, as well as various feature articles and columns. Members can also subscribe to our weekly e-mail DX tip sheet, Flashsheet for no additional charge.
NASWA also has several local chapters around the country. A chapter has formed in Central Ohio. It meets every second Saturday at 10:30 A.M. at Universal Radio, 6830 Americana Parkway, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068 614 866-4267. Members and non-members are welcomed to attend. If you are interested contact Mike Rohde at 614 527-1398 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Quick Radio Index
Looking for information on a new, discontinued or future amateur radio models? Then check out the Quick Radio Index at the Universal Radio website. This feature will bring you only one click away from photos, specs and info on hundreds of amateur radio receivers and transceivers.
If you like old (and new!) radios check out QRI.
Listening to Longwave Available
Most radio hobbyists are familiar with the shortwave spectrum above the AM broadcast band, but many are not familiar with the fascinating longwave spectrum below the AM broadcast band. Listening to Longwave by Kevin Carey is a nontechnical introduction to the fascinating "basement band" of the radio spectrum. This up-to-date book reveals the interesting world below 500 kilohertz. Topics includes: who is on the air, LW reception equipment, listening tips, sounds of nature: Whistlers, Squeaks, Dawn Chorus and other radio atmospherics, navigation beacons, time stations, broadcasters, NAVTEX and the Lowfer license-free band.
This book is now available for $6.95 plus shipping from Universal Radio.
King of the Satellits - Six Five O Available
German author, Thomas Baire's respected treatment of the venerable Grundig Satellit 650 is now back in print. This new second printing is perfect bound with color covers. Over 100 pictures are featured in this 80 page book. Learn about variants, production numbers, disassembly, adjustments, bulb replacement and much more. The Owner's Manual and circuit schematic are also fully reproduced. This is a must have reference for anyone lucky enough to own a Satellit 650. It is now available from Universal Radio.
Universal Radio Field Day Participation
Employees of Universal Radio joined with thousands of other amateur radio operators in participating in this years Field Day activities. Operating from Amanda, Ohio, bands worked included 2 meter and 440 SSB, 160 CW, and 10 and 40 meter SSB. All contacts made were QRP. Operators were: Will (W8WB), Larry (K8BBQ), Leonard (WB8ZKI), Sean (KB8JNE) and Art (W8OSZ). W8OSZ shown at the mic above. Field Day is an annual event encouraging hams to operate in "field conditions", supplying their own power and practice operating under emergency conditions. Click here for other photos: Will W8WB, Leonard WB8ZKI and Larry K8BBQ and Sean KB8JNE.
Universal adds Photos to Used Equipment List on Website
Universal Radio has added photographs of select used items to its website. Additionally, recently sold used items are now archived. This feature will of interest to radio collectors and dealers of used amateur and shortwave equipment.
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