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Two New Mobile Amateur Transceivers from Yaesu

Yaesu FTM-3200DR

Yaesu has announced two new 2 meter amateur mobile transceivers. The first announced was the FTM-3200DR. It is consistant with Yaesu's reputation of robust construction and big sound. The front firing speaker delivers 3 Watts of clear audio. The RF output power may be set for 65, 30 or 5 Watts. It operates in traditonal FM mode plus the System Fusion C4FM digital mode with Automatic Mode Select (AMS) to recognize whether a transmission is digital or analog, and automatically sets the mode. Other features include: CTCSS/DCS encode/decode with split Tone and DCS encode-only capability, RF Squelch, Transmit Time-Out-Timer, Automatic Power-Off, Automatic Repeater Shift, Busy Channel Lock-Out, Separate Transmit Frequency Memories and a multi-colored status LED.
Yaesu has also announced the FTM-3100R which is identical, but without the System Fusion C4FM digital mode.
Click here for more information on the FTM-3100R and FTM-3200DR.

Shortwave Receivers Past & Present - 4th Edition

The Second printing of the Fourth Edition of Shortwave Receivers Past & Present is now shipping as of 01/18/16. This 800 page is is a comprehensive guide to over 1700 shortwave, amateur and commercial communications receivers (plus 1200 variants) manufactured produced in the last 70 years.

This hardbound book features over 1800 photos and is available for shipping worldwide.

Click here for more information.

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Anniversary World Radio TV Handbook Available

The World Radio TV Handbook has been the definitive source of broadcast radio information for seven decades. It covers the latest on medium wave, shortwave, and FM broadcasting. It has Country-by-country lists of services and broadcasters, winter shortwave frequencies, international and domestic broadcasts by frequency and language and TV broadcasters. It even has info on DX clubs plus radio receiver reviews. The 2016 "WRTH" 70th Anniversary edition is now available from Universal Radio and other select radio stores.

Click here for more information.



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 Seventh Edition. Printed December 2015 W5YI 160 pages.

Priced at under $25, this book is a must for world band enthusiasts. Click here for more information.



Whistler Introduces WS1088 and WS1098 Scanners

Whistler WS1098

GRE was the first to offer Zip Code programming of scanners allowing to scanner listeners to avoid the often difficult step of programming their receiver. By merely entering your postal Zip Code the radio would self program area frequencies. GRE was acquired by Whistler who continued these models. Now Whistler is offering an updated version of the popular WS1095, called the WS1098. It continues to offer easy Zip Code programming, but also adds a conventional keypad for easy entry of additional frequencies.
Click here for more WS1098 or WS1088 information.

The new WS1088 adds keypad capability to the popular WS1080 handheld model. Both these new scanners also offer other new refinements including:
recording by scannable object saved to Windows audio file, clock/calendar function adds date/time to recordings, dedicated SKYWARN® button, programmable audio/visual alert on Spectrum Sweeper. Whistler initially plans to offer both the earlier and enhanced "keyboard" versions.

Icom IC-7300 Transceiver Debuts at Tokyo Ham Fair 2015

Icom IC-7300

The new Icom IC-7300 HF plus 6 meter 100 watt transceiver was unveiled at the Tokyo Ham Fair August 22, 2015. The attractive and capable new radio sports a new level of technology for its class including a TFT color touch screen with real-time waterfall spectrum scope. Click here to view larger.
Click here for more IC-7300 information.
[Update 03/31/16: On live display and shipping from Universal Radio].

CommRadio CR1a Spectrum Display

CommRadio CR1a

The popular and versatile, CommRadio CR1a communications receiver has a new capability. The manufacturer is now offering a free Windows based program to provide a spectrum display with full waterfall capability.

This free download even works on Windows notebooks providing great power and portability.

Click here for more CR1-a information.

Apex Radio HPF2050 High-Pass Filter

The Apex Radio HPF2050 high-pass filter is designed for shortwave listeners who may be encountering reception problems from nearby AM stations. The filter blocks offensive signals below 2 MHz. It enables the receiver's circuitry to better cope with strong interfering signals that can leak into the shortwave band.

Click here for more information.

New Grundig Satellit Model


The Grundig Satellit This latest version provides full reception of longwave, medium wave [AM band], shortwave and FM broadcast. It also covers the civil VHF aeronautical band and functions as a clock radio. Features include 700 alphanumeric memories, 9 or 10 kHz medium wave step, Local/DX switch and built in built-in clock. Shortwave reception is enhanced with Synchronous Tuning circuit that improves sound quality by reducing distortion and fading.

Click here for more Satellit information.


County Comm GP5/SSB Receiver Debuts


The highly anticipated County Comm GP5/SSB has been released. This interesting and unusual portable radio covers AM, FM and shortwave 1.7 - 30 MHz. Long wave coverage from 150-520 kHz is also available when the MW step rate is set to 9 kHz. Unlike most other portables in its price range, it provides quality reception of SSB - Single Sideband. It boasts a number of other enhancements including: Easy Tuning Mode, 550 Memories (100 AM, 100 FM, 250 SW and 100 SSB), Scanning, Digital Clock Alarm, Removable MW Ferrite Antenna and DSP Technology.

Operation is from three AA cells (not included). The radio includes:  MW bar antenna, carry pouch, stereo ear buds, wire antenna and manual.

Click here for more GP5/SSB information.

Yaesu FT-2DR FM/Digital HT Announced.

Yaesu FT-2DR

Yaesu has announced the new exciting FT-2DR 2 meter/440 HT that supports traditional FM and C4FM FDMA digital modes. I sports a 1.7-inch high resolution touch screen. The AMS (Automatic Mode Select) capability instantly recognizes either digital or FM analog communications for co-existence between various modes. Standard System Fusion features include: Snapshot with image data transmitting (requires optional MH-85A11U), Smart Navigation, Digital Group Monitor (GM) featuring position data and ID data transmitting during transmissions and full support for the new WiRES-X System. Other enhancements include:  complete shortwave receive coverage, 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), HF receive coverage (AM Mode), GPS Logging/Recording capabilities, Water resistant (IPX5 Rating), and microSD Card Slot. This new model started shipping April 2015.



Yaesu FT-991 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

Yaesu FT-991

The recently announced Yaesu FT-991 provides sophisticated operation on 160 to 6 meters plus coverage of 2 meters and 70 cm! Modes include: SSB/CW/FM/RTTY/PSK/C4FM. If you don't recognize that last one, don't feel bad. That is Yaesu's new FUSION digital mode. Power is 100 Watts on HF/6M and 50 Watts 2M/70cm. Yaesu has really packed a lot of technology into a small package. Enhancements include:  IF DSP, built-in Autotuner (160-6m), IF Width & IF Shift, Contour, IF Notch, High Speed Spectrum Scope, 3.5" TFT Touch Panel, 3 kHz, 15 kHz Roofing Filters and Digital Noise Reduction.
Click here for more FT-991 information.

Universal Radio Holds Field Day Demonstration

Field Day

Universal Radio hosted a Field Day demonstration on the lawn area in front of the store on Saturday June 28th, 2014. Operators of the Universal Radio Club Station W8BTW were:  Eric (KC8VWL), Will (W8WB), Larry (K8BBQ), John (W8JTC), Sean (KB8JNE) and Toni (KC8ASF). HF Stations covered 160-10 meters and VHF stations to 1.2 GHz. PSK31 and digital modes were in use as well as CW, SSB and AM. Solar power operated all four stations. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.
Click here to view photo-video recap.

New SDR Communications Receiver Shipping

CommRadio CR1a

The recently released, American made, CommRadio CR1a 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-1a 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 437-512 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 CR-1a comes on the success of the earlier CR-1, adding I/Q output on the SSB port, a new amber display, and easier web upgrading. 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-a information.

AOR ARD300 Multi-Mode Decoder


AOR has released a "stand alone" Multi-Mode digital voice decoder / demodulator. The model ARD300 will decode dPMR, NXDN and popular amateur digital voice modes from Icom, Alinco and Yaesu. Non-trunked APCO P25 "Phase 1" voice signals can also be decoded. Compatible with AOR legacy receivers AR8600MK2, AR5000(A/+3), AR-ONE and newer AR2300, AR5001D, AR6000. Supports other receivers that have a 10.7MHz or 45.05MHz IF output. (Some may be incompatible and AOR support is limited to AOR receivers) more ARD300 information.

New Economy Dual Band Amateur HT


The new TDXONE TD-Q8 HT has received F.C.C. approval is now available for sale. It has 4 watts RF power for 144-148 and 430-450 MHz transmit. It receives from 136-174 MHz, 400-520 MHz and the FM broadcast band (88-108 MHz). It features 256 memories.

The TD-Q8 comes with:   Li-ion battery, charge tray, AC charger, standard SMA antenna, manual and belt clip.

Visit www.tdxone.com for more information.


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 IC-7100

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.

Click here for more information.

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.

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 [SK], former Operations Manager, Universal Radio Inc.

The government "U" version of this radio and the consumer "B" version are now available.

Pirate Radio Seminar

Pirate 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 merohde@columbus.rr.com
You will be put on the email list for meeting information, updates and reminders.

Ears to Our World

ETOW logo ETOW logo

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 merohde@columbus.rr.com
You will be put on the email list for meeting information, updates and reminders.

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

Listening to Longwave

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

Grundig Satellit 650 book

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 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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