I ran into these colorful, channel based radios from Yaesu / Standard Horizon. Output is 10 mW only, they do FM and AFSK/FM, and use operating frequencies that are clearly tailored to the Japanese market.
When looking at the accessory list, it seems that these radios are programmable, at least to some extent. From what I understand one channel bank is used for simplex, two other banks are pre-programmed for repeater use.
Looks like fun toys to me, when these would work in our amateur bands. No pricing available, and there’s no guarantee that these radios will ever be sold in an EU or US version.
Flyer (PDF, in Japanese): SR100_SR70_Flyer
Manual (PDF, in Japanese): SR70_manual-1
01ch ～ 11ch : 422.0500MHz ～ 422.1750MHz
1ch ～ 9ch : 422.2000MHz ～ 422.3000MHz
10ch ～18ch :
TX freq. 440.2625MHz ～ 440.3625MHz
RX freq. 421.8125MHz ～ 421.9125MHz
12ch ～ 29ch :
TX freq. 440.0250MHz ～ 440.2375MHz
RX freq. 421.5750MHz ～ 421.7875MHz
- Modulation: F3E (FM), F2D (AFSK/FM)
- Works in simplex and repeater modes
- RF Power Output: 10mW
- Sensitivity:－8dB μV (@ 12dB SINAD)
- Audio output: 60mW (@ 4 Ω, 10% distortion)
- Operating temperature: －10℃～＋ 50℃
- Power requirements: Single alkaline AA batteries (33 hours operation)
- Sold separately: nickel-metal hydride battery (39 hours operation)
- Dimensions: 57.0(W) × 88.0(H) × 16.5mm(D)
- Weight: 95g
- Waterproof and dust proof according to IP67
(*) According to my translation attempts; I might have made some errors
So far we had only rumors, an estimated price of $1600 – $1800. As it turns out the rumors were quite accurate.
USA: $1699.95 (Universal Radio)
UK: £999.00 (Nevada Radio)
NL: € 1.269,00 (hamshop.nl)
Availability not guaranteed (yet).
As soon as the price point became clear, there were a lot of comments from hams. Some remarks taken from Google+:
“Wow that is a bit pricey!” (Matt Kent)
“Certainly not a FT-897 class replacement but the LCD display took care of that idea all by itself.” (David Gillooly)
“The problem i see with this is they are replacing a 1000 dollar radio with a 2000 dollar one that does not really do much more than the 1000 dollar one. The built in tuners specs are not even on par with a LDG that costs only 150 and the digital mode isn’t worth that much additional money. I can only assume they wanted this model to fail or its not really focused on the American backpackers market at all.” (Trinity Bays)
They are all pricey for me. (Hunkerdown Homestead)
The radio will probably sell well, regardless of the comments. Whether the radio is worth its price is to be seen. Too pricey? Maybe, but don’t forget that VHF and UHF are included, and so is Yaesu’s own digital mode System Fusion.
From a commercial point of view I think including System Fusion is a smart move. Making it an option will certainly make the FT-991 cheaper, but it would slow down the adaptation of System Fusion. If it’s there, chances are that you will use it. If it’s an option, people might think “Meh” and ignore it.
DKARS stands for the Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society. Its goals are:
- To represent the interests of amateur radio operators in European and Caribbean Netherlands;
- To represent the amateur radio interests at local, regional, national and European authorities; promoting the radio hobby (especially for the younger people);
- Promotion of Radio Engineering / Telecommunications in general and in education in particular;
- The use of amateur radio emergency services, especially of the BES islands;
- Issuing of its own FREE monthly PDF magazine;
- Help with antenna permit problems (especially in the Netherlands);
- Solving (mainly) in the Netherlands of increasing interference problems, things like power line communications, plasma TV’s and not CE marked products will have our attention;
- And more issues that might attract our attention
The DKARS magazine is bi-lingual, part of the content is written in English, the other part is written in Dutch. Main website: http://www.dkars.nl/. Part of an example article below:
Download link: http://www.dkars.nl/index.php?page=magazine_uk
You can also contribute to the magazine! Just use the contact form and let the editors know.
Shortly after landing was confirmed, the probe tweeted: “Touchdown! My new address: 67P!” Later, it tweeted again: “I’m on the surface but my harpoons did not fire.” The probe seems to do OK though.
Two (one funny) pictures show how big the comet 67P actually is… much bigger than I thought.
Get a first glimpse of the Yaesu FT-991 by downloading the operating manual from this blog (see links below). The user manual is divided into 2 separate files.
User Manual Yaesu FT-991 Part 1
User Manual Yaesu FT-991 Part 2