Icom IC-7300 Special Offer (With 6m & 4M Included) August 24th, 2015
We are pleased to announce that we have booked supplies from the very first shipment of this great new transceiver. We have taken a first look at the IC-7300 and are very excited about it. We are sure you will be as well.
Here are the highlighted features.
High Quality Real-Time Spectrum Scope
RF Direct Sampling System
Class Leading Phase Noise Characteristics
Large Touch Screen Color TFT LCD
Built-in Automatic Antenna Tuner
Easy-to-Hear Sound Quality
We are planning a great opening offer on this radio. Don’t miss out. Get on our mailing list to be sure that you hear about the deal firs and avoid missing out on sonething really special. Just phone with your email address or simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be given preference to all the latest info and most importanytly, news of the best UK price,
ICOM IC-7100-AT Package. Includes Auto ATU August 21st, 2015
We are pleased to announce the introduction of the ICOM IC-7100-AT package. This features an automatic dedicated ATU that covers 160m to 10m. The ATU connects directly to the rear of the IC-7100 and requires no external power supply.
The auto ATU tunes really fast and will handle all your coax fed antennas. It fits neatly beneath the main unit and so enables you to still enjoy the benefit of the remote head operation. Another great product from W&S.
You will ne even more amazes at the price! Peter G3OJV
Antennas Made to Order! August 21st, 2015
Here at Europe’s Ham Radio Store, we are now producing antennas for both commercial and ham radio applications. So if you need an antenna designed for a particular purpose, we can help you. We now manufacture Yagis from 80m to 70cms and all bands in between. We ar also able to make antennas for applications outside of the ham radio bands. These antennas are high quality designs that are normally rated up to 5kW and will last a lifetime. If you have a particular antenna need, then please give us a call.
It is yet another uniques service that we offer here at W&S
SDR – From Waters & Stanton The Experts August 16th, 2015
Many followers of this blog will be aware that here at Waters and Stanton we are recognised as the UK leaders in SDR technology sales for ham radio in the UK. This all started with Peter Waters G3OJV, who negotiated the right to sell FlexRadio in the UK and gave a number of lecture talks in the early days of SDR. More recently, Justin Johnson G0KSC has taken over the mantle and is our resident expert on SDR. He has used it for a wide range of DX applications, both in the UK and in Spain. He has also used it extensively for EME work.
Whilst our product range is well known to visitors to our web site and readers of our advertising, there is always work going on in the back ground here at Hockley. SDR is one of the fastest growing product areas, and we are now looking at no less than three new products in this area. And when we say look, we mean that we have them on the test bench at the moment. We never bring anything to market unless we have put it through a test procedure which includes putting them on the air.
Waters & Stanton are the only dealership in the UK that has been given special pre-production information by two leading SDR manufacturers. This means that we are able to work with the manufacturers on test units that are still under development. We are the only UK dealer that has test facilities on site that enables new gear to be put on the air and fed into professional standard antenna systems. And not until we are totally happy will we make that final decision as to when to launch these new products.
Waters & Stanto add a Production Facility. August 15th, 2015
Here at W&S we are busy making some big changes. For the past three years we have been building Elecraft equipment here in Hockley. But we are now about to expand our production facility into new areas. This will considerably expand our business here in Hockley. We will have the biggest production facility in of ham radio equipment in the UK. The facility will not only produce products for the UK, but will also be exporting worldwide.
There are some major changes now underway here in Hockley to refit the premises with machinery and benches in order to begin the largest production facility of its kind in Europe. This will be carried out in tandem with the expansion of our general business into new areas. These are exciting times for us here in Hockley and will completely transform our business from what you see now. This will benefit the hobby as a whole and we will be looking for extra staff to join us in this new expansion programme.
AOR AR-DV1 Video August 11th, 2015
As promised, we have now published the new video on YouTube.
We are expecting supplies to be available as from early September 2015. This radio is in big demand from both the hobby market and the commercial market. Time to get your order in. Peter G3OJV,
Six Metre BBQ – Farnborough August 8th, 2015
Justin G0KSC from Waters & Stanton Ltd.
LFA 2 x 7 Elements for 6m G3WOS (Farnborough)
On 8th August at the QTH of Chris G3WOS, the Six Meter BBQ took place and I was pleased to go along to this event with Justin G0KSC. The event began the previous evening with a meal at a local restaurant. On the day of the event itself, some 50 6m enthusiasts from around the world gathered in the garden of Chris G3WOS, who not only laid on an excellent BBQ in weather peaking at 27C, but also arranged some most interesting lectures.
Chris himself is a dedicated 6m enthusiast and my thanks to him and the helpers who put on this very enjoyable event. Peter G3OJV.
AR-DV1 Arrives in Hockley August 6th, 2015
The exciting new radio from AOR has arrived at our premises here in Hockley. At present we only have the demo unit. Stock will begin to arrive in early September. So if you want one, you need to hurry to get your name down on the growing list. So what does it have to offer? Well this is being written after only having played with the radio for about an hour or so.
The first check I made was on 2m and I directed our antenna to the east. The ON Belgium beacon was being copied at around S7 which is about normal for modern 2m transceivers tested here, so sensitivity looks to be good.
I then tried the radio on 40m SSB and CW, and the radio worked well, so my initial assessment was that it does perform well as an HF receiver. I guess most people will be attracted to its ability to decode digital transmissions. So I lined up three radios to test D-Star, Fusion and DMR. I am happy to report that it received all three digital modes with ease. The modes are selectable from the front panel. But what really impressed me was the Auto mode detector. I switched from FM to D-Star on my 70cms handheld and it copied both, automatically detecting which mode I was using.
I can see that there is a potential, both in the ham and the commercial market. The ability to check the audio quality and performance of both analogue and digital radios is a great attraction. And of course for general listening it is great.
The video is coming soon. Peter G3OJV
Fine Tuning of Trapped Yagis July 19th, 2015
For years, the trapped Yagi has been the most popular HF beam for ham radio. Three band gain from three elements! It sounds great and it works. But there is a note of caution. There are things such as production spreads and it is not unusual to find that the resonance is not quite where it was expected to be or perhaps supposed to be. This is normally easily rectified by adjusting the driven element length. It is not difficult to get the resonance just where you want it. But there could be a problem.
Whilst the resonant length of the driven element is critical, so are the resonant lengths of the director and reflector. And these are not so easy to measure. At best the normal procedure is to following the manufacturer’s instructions about lengths for different parts of the bands. But length alone does not take into account production spread. In the case of a trapped antenna, it is all too easy to see a variation in inductive trap values that cannot be measured with a tape measure! The only real way to know the resonant frequency is to measure it.
This is easier said than done. But by chance I was recently checking an antenna with an analyser, well removed from HF but noticed a very small, but distinctive, flicker that showed that I was seeing a minute dip caused by stray coupling back to the HF Yagi. So I suspect that if an antenna analyser is terminated in a two or three turn coil, it should be possible to go close to the director or reflector and check for actual resonant frequencies of the parasitic elements. Correct adjustment plays an important role in antenna gain and F/B ratio.