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New Products - Publications - Updates - Upgrades
Compiled by David Zantow N9EWO  --  Editor "Passport to World Band Radio" 2000-2009

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Tokyo Ham Fair August 19, 2016.
A number of major new radio models were announced at the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair on August 19. The Icom ID-51A PLUS 2 D-Star handheld transceive adds two new D-Star modes. Icom debuted two new wideband receivers. The new Icom IC-R8600 desktop receiver is in the same form-factor as the IC-7300 HF transceiver and will also be SDR based. Coverage is 0.01 to 3000 MHz. The new Icom IC-R30 handheld receiver will feature similar frequency coverage (TBA). Both will be capable of “Phase 1” P25 digital plus additional digital modes. Icom also announced the new IC-7610 HF Transceiver. Dual receive and a larger touch screen display were noted and is in the same size cabinet as the current IC-7600. More details are TBA. Also a new matching external speaker called the SP-39AD was shown with the IC-R8600. (The above items have not been FCC approved yet). Yaesu officially announced the improved FT-991A HF/VHF/UHF transceiver. A color waterfall and a real time spectrum scope have been added. Availability is scheduled for late September 2016 and are accepting orders now. Kenwood officially announced the new and very exciting TH-D74A Tri-Band HT with D-Star. Availability is also scheduled for late September and are accepting orders now. [Aug 25]

Yaesu FT-891 HF Transceiver.
The compact FT-891 HF transceiver was first shown at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention. Transmit amateur coverage is from 160 thru 6 meters. It’s triple conversion receiver covers 30 kHz to 56 MHz. Power output is 100 watts with dual temperature controlled internal fans and features include a detachable front panel, 32 bit IF DSP and a stock +- 0.5 PPM TCXO. A custom made FC-50 external antenna tuner is available (optional), and fits neatly under the set. We have been advised that shipping is scheduled to start in September 2016 and are accepting orders now. [Aug 04]

Sangean HDR-18 HD Radio™
The new Sangean HDR-18 tabletop radio is capable receiving high quality stellar digital HD Radio™ on the AM (Medium Wave) and FM broadcasting bands and excellent audio quality on standard AM and FM stations. Features a powerful 7 watt mono amplifier with Bass, Treble and a loudness adjustments. Stereo FM with headphones and a rear mounted fixed level “line output” jack for tape recorder or external amplifier. Line input jack for playing your iPod or MP3 device through it’s quality speaker/amplifier. It even includes full featured infrared remote control and external antenna connections (for both AM and FM bands). All of this in acoustically tuned wood cabinet. AC power adapter is provided in the box. [Jul 25]

TYT Mobile Transceivers
Three new TYT mobile transceivers are now available at Universal and all at a great value. The TYT TH9000D VHF FM mobile transceiver covers 136 to 174 MHz and delivers 60, 25 or 10 watts of RF output. TYT TH9000D 220 FM mobile transceiver covers 200 to 260 MHz. Transmitter delivers 50, 25 or 10 watts of output. Mounting bracket, hand mic, DC power cord and manual are provided with either model. The TYT TH9800+ “Quad band” transceiver covers: 10 meters, 6 meters, 2 meters and 70 cm. 800 standard memories, 5 pairs of band-edge memories, 6 home channels and 6 hyper-memory channels. Independent Band controls. RF power is 50 watts on VHF and 40 watts on UHF. Supplied with mobile mounting bracket, DC power cord, handheld DTMF mic, a 14.8 foot control head separation cable and printed manual. [Jun 09]

Whistler Launching DMR Capable Scanners
Whistler has announced two new scanners, the TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/mobile). Digital modes feature P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR which covers: Conventional DMR, Hytera XPT, MotoTRBO™ Capacity Plus, MotoTRBO™ Connect Plus, MotoTRBO™ Linked Cap Plus systems. If that was not enough excitement, Whistler is in development of NXDN mode and the TRX-1 and TRX-2 will include NXDN as a FREE upgrade when available. Whistler will also be offering a DMR update at NO CHARGE to customers owning models WS1080, WS1088, WS1095, and WS1098. This upgrade is scheduled to be available via the EZ Scan pc app in late May. The new TRX-1 and TRX-2 models are scheduled to begin shipping in late June 2016 [May 17]

Alinco DR-735T Transceiver FCC Cleared
The long awaited Alinco DR-735T 144/440 MHz dual band mobile transceiver was FCC cleared on April 12. Features include a oversize LCD display, removable head, RGB backlighting, support for crossband repeater operation. There are separate volume, squelch and tuning knobs for each band. RF output power selectable for 50, 20 or 5 watts. Supplied with EMS-57 backlit DTMF microphone and mobile mounting bracket. Pricing and availability will follow shortly. [Apr 15]

TYT “DMR” Digital Handheld Transceivers
TYT’s exciting DMR-380 VHF and DMR-380 UHF handheld transceivers feature the latest TDMA technology at a very affordable price. They can also operate in traditional analog FM mode as well (12.5 or 25 kHz). Backlit color screen with voice prompts and channel name setting. 1 or 5 watts selectable RF power output. The “MD-380 VHF” model coverage is 136 – 174 MHz and the “MD-380 UHF” model 400 – 480 MHz. Radio is supplied with 7.4V 2000 mAh Li-ion battery, drop-in charging base, 110/220 Volt AC adapter, SMA type antenna, belt clip and carry strap. For a limited time includes the programming cable and software. These models came into stock at Universal on 03/23/16. [Mar 23]

Yaesu FTM-3200DR VHF Fusion Mobile.
Yaesu’s new FTM-3200DR VHF mobile with “System Fusion” Digital at a very attractive price. Power output is selectable at 5, 30 or 65 watts and includes a built-in cooling fan. AMS (Automatic Mode Select) instantly recognizes whether a transmission is digital or analog, and appropriately switches the operating mode to allow flawless co-existence of both digital and analog users. The cool dual multi-color LEDs indicate the transceiver's mode of operation. Even includes the USB connecting cable. This model came into stock at Universal on 03/18/16. [Mar 10]

Icom IC-7300 SDR HF Transceiver FCC Cleared.
The forthcoming Icom IC-7300 was “officially” FCC cleared on February 24th. This exciting HF+6 meter transceiver features a direct sampling receiver, TFT Touch screen with real time spectrum display and waterfall, built-in antenna tuner, SD card slot, voice memory, 15 band pass filters, CW/RTTY memory keyer functions and much more. [Feb 25]

Shortwave Receivers Past & Present - Available Again
The new Universal Radio Research publication Shortwave Receivers Past & Present - Communications Receivers 1942-2013 4th Edition - Second Printing is now in stock. The greatly expanded 4th edition includes 360 manufactures, 1700 models and boast 800 pages, hard bound. The Second Printing addresses a few technical corrections, and features some upgraded photos. The price remains at $49.95 (plus shipping). Worldwide shipping is available. [Jan 30 2016]

World Radio TV Handbook 70th Edition
The 70th (2016) edition of the “World Radio TV Handbook” is now shipping from Universal. It has been the definitive source of broadcast radio information for seven decades. It covers the latest on medium wave, shortwave and FM broadcasts and broadcasters. Country-by-country lists of services and broadcasters, winter shortwave frequencies, international and domestic broadcasts by frequency and language, television broadcasters, DX club information, radio reviews Internet resources — and much more. 70th Anniversary Edition [Dec 22]

Whistler WS1088 and WS1098 Scanners Now Shipping
Whistler’s new WS1088 handheld and WS1098 base/desktop scanners are now shipping. Both feature a full numeric keypad for easy frequency “on the fly” entry while retaining the all of features of the WS1080 and WS1095 models. [Dec 15]

Uniden offers EDACS ProVoice upgrade to BCD436HP and BCD536HP Scanners
Uniden now offers an optional firmware download to allow owners of their flagship BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners to scan and monitor EDACS Pro Voice trunked radio systems. The EDACS ProVoice systems are currently used in several major market areas in North America. The cost of this update is $50.00. Full information on the required firmware updates can be found on the Uniden web sites:  BCD436HP firmware update.   BCD536HP firmware update. [Dec 04]

New ARRL Publications
Two new ARRL publications are now available. The 2016 93rd edition of the “ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications" includes new information on: Beacon transmitters for VHF/UHF, New RF connector identification chart, A CD-ROM article on light wave transmitting and receiving, Fractional-n frequency synthesizers, A high-altitude APRS tracker and SDR Knob Box and ARRL Lab Test Procedures Manual. This edition is bundled with The ARRL Handbook CD (ver. 20.0)-- a complete and fully searchable book on CD-ROM, including all the text and illustrations, as well as PC board templates, additional software and other support files. Available in soft or hardcover.

The “ARRL Antenna Book” is the classic reference on antennas for ham radio operators and also includes a CD-ROM that adds software utilities. An astounding 992 pages. In soft or hard cover versions. [Oct 17]

AOR AR-Mini “B” Returns
Universal Radio is pleased to announce that AOR has made available again the AOR AR-Mini handheld wideband receiver. This radio puts nearly the entire radio spectrum into your pocket a very attractive price. Universal also has limited quantities of most accessories. [Sept 23]

New Yaesu FTDX-1200 and FTDX-3000 Waterfall Display
Yaesu has updated the firmware in the FTDX1200 and FTDX3000 HF transceivers to include a waterfall display. This added feature gives the user the ability to view all the spectrum information at a glance, providing the data needed to place the operator in the correct spot on the band. In the case of the FTDX3000, it’s simply downloading the instructions and update file from the Yaesu web site as it has a USB socket as stock. With the FTDX1200 the update process also requires the optional SCU-17 USB interface unit. Radios produced or upgraded as of 07/15/15 feature this impressive and powerful feature out of the box. [July 15]

New CR-1a GUI:  Spectrum Viewer & 3D-Waterfall for Windows (7 and later)
The long awaited 1st version of the “Graphic User Interface” (GUI) for the CommRadio CR-1a receiver is now available. This allows for computer control, spectral display and 3-D waterfall . The CR-1a provides I-Q data over it’s USB port (The CR-1 does not provide the necessary IQ output and cannot be used with the GUI to display spectral data). The latest GUI version, firmware, firmware installation instructions, and user manual updates are located for download on Dropbox. All registered CR-1 and CR-1a owners are notified by e-mail when updates and newsletters are posted (on Dropbox). [July 15]

New Yaesu FT-2DR Touch Screen Digital/FM HT
Universal has started shipping the new Yaesu FT-2DR 2 meter/440 MHz, FM/C4FM FDMA “digital mode” HT. The super cool 1.7-inch high resolution touch screen display provides an easy to navigate interface. Yaesu’s AMS (Automatic Mode Select) capability instantly recognizes either digital or FM analog communications. Snapshot Function (with optional MH-85A11U), Wideband Receive including HF, 700 mW clear loud audio, built-in High Sensitivity 66 ch GPS with antenna, 1200 bps/9600 bps APRS® function, Dual watch (V/V, U/U/, V/U), Dual Monitor (C4FM Digital/C4FM Digital), GPS Logging/Recording capabilities, Water resistant (IPX5 Rating) and MicroSD Card Slot. Includes the SBR-14Li 2200 mAh high capacity Li-ion battery and SAD-14B wall AC charger. [June 19]

Whistler WS1095 Scanner Now Shipping
Universal is now shipping the long awaited Whistler WS1095 scanner. [June 19]

AOR AR-DV1 Firmware (System) Updates
AOR has released firmware updates for the exciting AR-DV1 “Digital Voice” wide band receiver. Not only have a number of bugs been fixed but additional features have been added as well. Additional improvements and features are on the “To Do List”. Please view the AOR website download page for more information and download file. Owners should completely understand the update instructions before doing any firmware updates. Failure to follow the instructions will result in serious damage to the AR-DV1 and may void the warranty. [June 19]

New Icom IC-7600 Ver. 2.00 Firmware
Icom has announced new Ver. 2.00 firmware for the IC-7600 transceiver that adds exciting new features and improvements. Enhancements include:  waterfall screen, mouse operation, and other new functions to the spectrum scope. A new APF AF Level setting, CI-V commands for antenna control and RIT/DELTA-TX, TX Delay (HF/50M) settings to adjust the TX delay time and more. Additional information including full installation instructions can be obtained on Icom's Firmware web site. The best news is this new firmware upgrade is available at no charge. [May 18]

Sangean ATS-405 Shortwave Portable
The just announced Sangean ATS-405 AM/FM/SW compact portable receiver features 108 total memories, shortwave coverage from 2.3 to 26.1 MHz continuous, selectable bandwidth filtering, built-in charger for rechargeable AA Ni-MH batteries (not included) and even the AC adapter is included in the box (not an option). You can disable the soft mute and even adjust the AGC on the AM and SW bands. A fine tune button allows 1 kHz tuning steps on shortwave and a squelch adjustment is also included. A quality, featured packed Sangean portable at a great price. [May 12]

AOR AR-DV1 Wide Band Receiver FCC Cleared
The new AOR AR-DV1 “Digital Voice” wide band receiver was “officially” FCC cleared on May 8th. Impressive 100 kHz to 130 0MHz frequency coverage with multi-mode digital demodulation including:  P25 phase 1, NXDN (note: 6.25 kHz only), DMR, dPMR, DStar and more. All mode analog reception (including AM Synchronous Detection). Memory scan of 2000 channels (50 channels in 40 banks), Noise Reduction, Notch, digi-data display. Front mounted micro-USB port for connection to computer. Front mounted SD/SDHC card slot (audio recording, timer recording, CSV memory data upload/download, firmware updates). [May 08]

Whistler WS1095 Mobile / Base Scanner FCC Cleared
The long awaited Whistler WS1095 was “officially” FCC cleared on April 9th. One extremely interesting feature of this mobile / base scanner radio is the remote head. And it magnetically fastens the the head bracket! This facilitates vehicle installation and use. It handles analog and APCO 25 Phase I and II digital modes. The radio includes a front loaded 2GB SD card preloaded with US and Canadian public service frequencies. You automatically program your scanner by merely entering your zip code or city. Updated availability and pricing to follow shortly. [Apr 09]

Uniden BCD325P2 Handheld Scanner
The Uniden BCD325P2 handheld Trunk Tracker V™ scanner receiver is a new compact model that features both APCO 25 Phase I and II digital capability. The frequency coverage includes: 25-512, 758-824, 849-869 and 894-960 MHz. Included items: Two Ni-MH AA batteries, BNC flexible antenna, USB cable, hand strap and printed Owner's Manual. Now shipping. [Apr 02]

Uniden BCD996P2 Desktop / Mobile Scanner
The Uniden Bearcat BCD996P2 Trunk Tracker V™ desktop/mobile scanner offers both APCO 25 Phase I and II digital capability. Also a “true” front panel USB port for firmware updates and programming has been added . This new model arrived mid March. [Feb 27]

CountyComm GP-5/SSB Compact Set with SSB
The CountyComm GP-5/SSB is an HF “full coverage” uniquely sized pocket receiver that includes selectable USB and LSB “Single Side Band” modes. Frequency coverage: Long Wave 150 to 520 kHz (only available when using the MW 9 kHz tuning step), Medium Wave 520 to 1710 kHz, Shortwave 1711 to 30000 kHz and the FM broadcast band. The use of DSP allows the SSB modes to use it’s own narrower bandwidth for excellent selectivity. Other features include:  Easy Tuning Mode (ETM) that scans all frequencies and then stores active stations into a special memory bank (does not interfere the regular memories), 550 regular memories (100 AM, 100 FM, 250 shortwave and even 100 just for SSB), 10, 20 and 50 Hz SSB tuning steps, sleep timer. Includes external directional AM ferrite antenna (that enhances AM band reception), carry case, belt clip, earbuds and a “clip on” wire SW antenna. Now available. [Jan 02]

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