Boycott Notice & Reminder to all UK Radio Amateur Users:
Recommendation to all, Please do not communicate with TMRF or buy any stuff at Taylor Made RF Limited / Chris Taylor G0WTZ websites.
They do business under many different domains selling Amateur radio products online. --- /
* Is shopping at TMRF worth it? So many other better places in UK to buy ham radio products online.
D-STAR QSO Party 2016 News Release

Icom Announces 2016 D-STAR QSO Party
KIRKLAND, Wash. (July 2016) – Join the biggest D-STAR QSO Party of the year with Icom America. The 2016 D-STAR QSO Party takes place over three days from September 23-25. Operators joining the D-STAR QSO party will attempt to make as many contacts with fellow amateurs using D-STAR repeaters across the globe. Official party hours are from Friday, September 23 at 0:00, to Sunday, September 25 at 24:00 (UTC).

All participants with an approved contest log will be entered into a prize drawing. Ten lucky winners will be randomly selected (only one prize per winner). Chances of winning may increase by making multiple contacts with operators in foreign countries. Results will be announced on the D-STAR QSO Party website. The more D-STAR QSO contacts made, the more chances to win!

Electronic and paper logs are accepted for submission. Complete log reporting instructions, downloadable information and contest rules are available online. Visit the Amateur section of Icom’s website for more Information on D-STAR radios.

Download a PDF version of this press release.

UK D-STAR QSO Party 2016
The provisional schedule is as follows:
25/07/16 - Contest rules updated on D-STAR Party website
01/08/16 - Log reporting update
10/08/16 - Contest prizes announced
23/09/16-25/09/16 - D-STAR QSO PARTY
21/11/16 - Announcement of results

The 28th LGW Gatwick Aviation Enthusiasts Fair - LGW2017
LGW2017 will be on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Elstree Amateur Radio Society -

Tytera TYT MD-2017 Dual Band, Dual display Dual standby
Comply with digital protocol ETSI TS 102 361-1,-2,-3
Release Date: 2017
* Dual time slot for point to point
* Dual time slot for repeater
* Use Time-Division Multiple-Access (TDMA) Digital function
* Compatible with Mototrbo Tier I & II
* Lone worker
* Encryption function
* Analog and digital combined
* Single Call, group call and all call
* Remote kill/stun and activate
* Firmware upgradeable
* IP67 Waterproof

Products being released in 2016
Connect Systems Exciting New Products for October,2016
Date Posted: 9-22-2016
Connect Systems are posting many exciting products in the next two weeks for the Amateur community.
First we have the CS580. This is a game changer for the DMR community.
Then we have the CS760 which is the most advanced DMR radio for the Amateur community.
Finally we have the CS108G which is a HF radio covering all the HAM bands below 30 MHz.

CS580 UHF 400-480 MHz Radio - $130

CS760 UHF 400-512 MHz Radio - $299
CS761 VHF 136-174 MHz Radio - $299
CS760 yahoogroup Message forum board

RFinder Android Radio H1C 432mhz DMR/Analog Sunlight Screen - $795 US
RFinder Android Radio H1A 144mhz FM Analog ONLY - $625 US
RFinder Android Radio DMR REALTIME Programming demo!

Hytera Launches Latest DMR Handheld Radio PD98X - 29th August 2016
PD98X, a new member of the already versatile DMR portfolio of Hytera, brings exceptional audio experience with enhanced features and innovations.
Hytera, a world leading solution provider of Professional Mobile Radio communications, has launched its latest DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) handheld PD98X, adding another strong member to its top-notch DMR portfolio.  The PD98X offers an exceptional audio experience through noise cancellation technology, while boasting new features including full duplex calls, recording capability via Micro SD, Bluetooth 4.0 for audio or data and single frequency repeater mode to increase coverage.

DV4mobile - A tri-band (2m, 1.25m and 70cm), all-mode mobile radio that will support FM, DMR, D-STAR, dPMR, C4FM (System Fusion), P25, LTE and NXDN.

Well, it appears that 2016 may actually be the year that hams finally get to see their ultimate digital ham radio. Recently, Wireless Holdings LLC, the maker of the DV4mini – a wireless multi-mode hotspot, announced that it would be releasing the DV4mobile – a new tri-band (2m, 1.25m and 70cm), all-mode mobile radio supporting FM, DMR, D-STAR, C4FM (System Fusion), dPMR, P25, LTE and NXDN (in a later software update). The announcement of this radio comes on the heels of breaking details concerning the “New Radio” and only days before the 2016 Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, OH.

Along with its impressive specifications are some new features, including DV4LTE, which is a new voice over LTE mode that connects the radio to the reflector using a LTE connection using the radios built-in LTE modem.

VA3XPR Hands on with the DV4mobile at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention
The DV4mobile tri-band, all-mode digital radio that is to be manufactured by Wireless Holdings.
Read more on the VA3XPR website.

DV4mobile - first all mode digital tri band transceiver plus LTE with GPS
The DV4mobile supports all digital modes: no need for multiple radios, saving space and money.
It is programmed from the cloud: no need for programming and updating code plugs.
It is a software defined radio: future modes are just an update away.
The DV4mobile is another member of the successful family of DV4 products.

Whistler Launches DMR Capable Scanners
Whistler TRX-1 (handheld) , Whistler TRX-2 (desktop/Mobile)
The TRX-1 and TRX-2 will begin shipping in late June 2016.

Uniden Advances Scanning with Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)
BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners for uniden DMR upgrade.

SharkRF OpenSPOT
Standalone digital radio IP gateway

Key features:
* Supports DMR, D-Star, System Fusion networks
* Very easy to use, works without a computer
* Web interface for configuration and monitoring
* HTTP, UDP/TCP API support
* Custom 2FSK/4FSK RF protocol support with TDMA
* USB powered, 20mW RF output

Available in May


Designed for amateur radio

* Connect openSPOT easily to DMR, D-Star reflectors, C4FM/System Fusion rooms, and use your radio with excellent voice quality without sync errors
* Customize communication settings on the web interface
* Discover how digital protocols work, and connect your own apps by sending and receiving RF frames in TCP/UDP packets
* Create your own RF protocol by customizing RF modem settings, packet format, sync words (even with TDMA support)
* Use single, or separate RX/TX frequencies
* Optional erroneous packet generator module for testing other digital receivers

DMR features:
* Use openSPOT not only as a DMR hotspot, but as a base or mobile station with 2 timeslots simultaneously
* Timeslot repeating in base station/repeater mode
* Send and receive DMR SMS messages
* Built-in echo service
* Controllable with calls and custom short messages to preconfigured DMR IDs

State of the art hardware design:
* 2 CPUs running at 100 and 120MHz
* USB mass storage device bootloader for easy firmware upgrades
* 4 multicolor, bright LEDs for easy real time state monitoring
* Low power usage
* Automatic recalibration

Shark RF Open SPOT

SharkRF Community Forums

SharkRF facebook and Twitter.


TERA TR-7400 DMR radio model
TERA TR-7200 DMR radio model

These radios are built to commercial DMR standards, which ensure worldwide operation and compatibility.

Some key features include:

1.) Motorola / Hytera compatibility
2.) IP67 waterproof
3.) 1,024 individual channels / 64 Zones
4.) 800 Talkgroups / frequent individual IDs
5.) FPP Front Panel Programmable
6.) MIL-STD810 C / D / E / F / G
7.) OLED display
8.) Digital Vocoder AMBE3000+
9.) Audio output 1.5 watts
10.) Worldwide Amateur importable receive contact database
11.) FCC Part 90 certification


European hams announce NEWRADIO – a dual-band, multi-mode radio to support DMR, D-STAR and C4FM

The radio called the “NEWRADIO” that will operate on the 2m & 70cm bands and support the most common ham digital modes, including DMR, D-STAR and C4FM (System Fusion), plus analog FM. As reported in the article, the NEWRADIO has been created by hams for the ham radio community will feature a 1.8 GHz processor, a Linux operating system, plus dual AMBE+ vocoders, allowing for full-duplex operation. Also, one of the biggest features of the NEWRADIO is that it will include a built-in LTE wireless modem and SIM card allowing it to be Internet connected while on the go. Apparently, with it being Internet connected, the NEWRADIO will be able to automatically download frequencies, offsets, contacts and other configuration information on the go, allowing for instant updates for users. THis will undoubtedly be a much welcomed feature for anyone used to loading codeplugs into radios, as is the case with DMR.

As of the date of this article, the NEWRADIO is still yet unavailable, however it is expected to be announced officially at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention on May 20 – 22nd in Dayton, OH. So for anyone planning to go to the Dayton Hamvention this year, keep an eye open for this announcement.


Review of the Tytera TYT MD-390 DMR portable radio
The selling price for a new the MD-390 is $170 USD.

Tytera MD-390 Waterproof DMR Digital Two Way Radio
Price: $179.99 - FREE SHIPPING!!

Tytera TYT MD-9600 DMR Digital Mobile Radio (UHF and VHF models available)


DV4home Price Available at Hamvention 2016
There are 2 versions available, the DV4home and the DV4home compact.


Connect Systems CS7000 DMR Radio Update:
Connect Systems hope to be able to start selling something about September,2016 although it really is too soon to make accurate forecast.
Dual band to be $100 more than the single band.
Radio Shack DMR update for Radio Shack scanners might come later this year.
The Connect Systems CS760 CS761 are updated versions of the Connect Systems CS750 CS751 DMR radios that have been available from Connect Systems for a while.

Prototype of the Connect Systems CS7000 DMR on left and Connect Systems CS760 DMR on right.
NEW DVMEGA BlueDV (BlueSpot) !
DVMEGA and BlueSpot for DMR and D-Star.

MMDVM - Open Source Multi-Mode Digital Voice Modem
MMVDM REV 1.0 board
NW Digital Radio

UDRC - Universal Digital Radio Controller R-Pi HAT

ThumbDV and PiDV
Trillogy 850 and Trilogy 990 - DMR radio - Easy Access Radio
The project is being called TRILOGY for the two DMR Radio being Beta testing.
What can we tell you about this project:
1: Aim to make a DMR radio available under the £100, to be fully programmed with your choice of repeater and your DMR ID. The aim is for the radio to arrive and be ready to use.
***EASY ACCESS*** Updates supplied or return to re-program service.
2: Both hand held radios are 5 watts out, UHF / 70 cm, analogue and digital modes.
3: Antenna socket is a SMA female (hole) antenna will need to be male (pin)
4: Charger with UK plug, decend docking station, battery, hand strap and belt clip all included
5: Compatible with Phoenix, Brand Master and DV4 Mini


Alinco DJ-MD40 DMR Radio
The DJ-MD40 will be Alinco’s first foray into the world of DMR
Available later this 2016 year.
Kinetic Avionic Trilby HAT Raspberry Pi device and SDR
Radio Society of Great Britain partners up with RFinder!
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and RFinder are pleased to announce a new business partnership agreement effective from the 1st August 2014.