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- **AMATEUR RADIO NEWS!--
****Attention All Aspiring Amateurs...
NEW 2017 FCC REGULATIONS FOR FRS AND CB RADIO SERVICES! :
The FCC has introduced new rules for CB and FRS radio services. On the FRS side, the output power is being increased from 1/2 watt to 2 watts. The amount of channels for FRS is being increased, to include all non-repeater input GMRS channels.
"Combo Service" GMRS/FRS radios will be reclassified as FRS radios if the are 2W or less & do not include split repeater channels. Going forward combo FRS/GMRS radios will not be approved.
On the CB side, there is the removal of the decades old "155 mile" skip rule, one that did not allow making contacts over 155 miles away, or DX/Skip talk. Also, full allowability of wireless microphones will be allowed.
Back in 2006, THE FCC DROPPED Morse Testing requirements,for ALL Amateur License Classes -- "NEWINGTON, CT, Dec 15, 2006 -- In an historic move, the FCC acted to drop the Morse code requirement for all Amateur Radio license classes.
It's now easier than ever to get an Amateur Radio License!"
RADIOS: YAESU has introduced 21st century C4FM FDMA mode DIGITAL Amateur Transceivers! (not decades old "D-star" technology...), The Yaesu FT-70DR, FT-2DR HT's, & FTM-400XDR, FTM-100DR, FTM-3200DR & FT-991A base / mobile Radios! Most HT's have Built-In GPS, APRS, TNC, Nav Screen, Dualband, SD Card Slot & more! Most Have the Ability To Send High Speed Data, Photos with Optional Camera/mic, & have auto Analog/Digital Mode!
- The Quad Band Yaesu VX-8DR is the MOST feature loaded, Heavy Duty WaterProof & Submersible regular Amatuer HandHeld Ever Produced! 6M-2M-220-440 QuadBand, 5w output (1.5W on 222Mhz), receives 0.1-999Mhz, Twin Band + Dual Display, Altitude & Barometric Pressure readings! Features Built-In Data TNC for APRS, Built-in Altitude & Barometer readings, SuperWide receive, AM & FM xmit modes on 6M, APRS capability w/built in TNC, Optional BLUETOOTH capability, Optional snap on GPS unit, & w/ loads of features & more.... Is Slimmer than the VX-7R & 6R!....
NOW AVAILABLE! -
YAESU VHF/UHF Radios!! - The FT-7900R Is a 1,000ch Dualband High Power Mobile! Loaded with features, 50W/45W OUTPUT & A "MEMORY ONLY" MODE!
The FT-270R is a WaterProof 5w HT, with Double the Audio Output of the Popular VX-170 it replaced!
The FT-2980R mobile is an 80W , 200ch 2M VHF transceiver!! -- See our OnLine Catalog for availability.
The Yaesu VX-6R is a Triband 2M-220-440 w/ wide rcv based on the popular Submersible series of radios. Wide receive of 0.54-960Mhz, Loaded with features, including a Built-in CW trainer, & submersible! Check our OnLine Catalog for price & availablity!!
Yaesu also has The FT-60R DualBand HandHeld, A Great, Heavy Duty "loaded" 2M/440 Radio with WIDE receive range, Including 220 & 800Mhz, 1,000 Alpha Memories, New emergency transmission feature & more, & a new LOW price!!!! !
The Yaesu FT-8800R, FTM-10R, FT-350AR, VX-7R & FT-991 , VX-3R, VX-8GR, FT-1XDR, FT-1DR Models have been discontinued.
** We were the very 1st Amateur Dealer to offer the TYT TH-UVF1 & TH-9000 to the USA Amateur market, back in 2009, & we were instumental in getting the mfgr to design it for Amateur use! This Started a wave of China made Amateur radios that continues today!!
SCANNERS * SCANNERS * SCANNERS UPDATE: - HERE IS THE LATEST SCANNER NEWS!
Whistler has DMR / MOTOTRBO capable scanners, THE TRX-1 and TRX-2, & free DMR firmware upgrades for their WS1088 & 1098 models! Uniden has optional Firmware DMR updates for the BCD536HP & 436HP.
Uniden now Produces the Amazing "Home Patrol II" P25 touchscreen Scanner! This TouchScreen Scanner does Digital P25, Trunking & Analog, & Has the entire USA Frequency Database pre-loaded into the unit, Just enter your Zip-code, or city name & the scanner programs itself for your area! AlphaNumerics, PL's, Digital, Trunking & All! ** Now Available: A Uniden Combo Digital Scanner & CB Radio Transceiver the BearTracker 885 !!!
Firmware Updates info now on Uniden Website To Enable DMR in their BCD536HP and BCD436HP Digital models!
Also Available is the Latest Uniden BCD-325P2 Digital, and BCT-15X, BC-125AT, BC-355N & BC-365CRS analog models. The BC-355N model is an upgraded BC-355, a simple, automatic seach scanner, 300 channels, 800Mhz & now with Close Call & narrow band compatibility Too...
Check here & our online catalog for moere info & availability!
All Unidens Accepts REGULAR 'AA' Batteries, & many Include the HiCapacity NiMi AA's & Charger!!. NEW "Dynamic" Memory Configuration allows memories, systems & groups to be configured Any way the user desires, you are not limited to "preSet" banks & channels! PC Programming & control Too!! This is the Most Feature Packed, Advanced & Compact non-Digital trunking Scanner Available, period! The BC-95XLT is an easy to program 200ch scanner without AlphaNumerics, PL or Trunking ....
* Uniden Has Released Downloadable FirmWare Updates for many of their scanner models. It is said to tweak & improve performance, & can be downloaded to the radio From the Uniden.com website
We now have
The High Performance Maldol AL-500H , Maldol MH-255, MH-209, Comet HT-55, AH-100WX & ANLI RD-88H & AL-750 & Tram Hand Held scanner antennas !See our Amazon Page!....
OLD RADIOS GONE... The Following Amateur Radios have been Discontinued by the Mfgr: YAESU - VX-2R, VX-3R, VX-170, VX-150, FT-7800R, FT-1802M, FT-2800M, FT-897D, FT-1XDR, ATAS-100, FT-8800R, & VR-120. ALINCO: DJ-C5T, DR-605T, DJ-296/196/496/596T, DJ-X10T, DJ-S41/46T.
- * ALINCO USA WARRANTY ADDRESS INFO HAS CHANGED. All Radios needing warranty & service should be sent to:
2560 Barrington Ct.
Hayward, CA 94545
- MISC. NEWS:--
See The Online Catalog for Our Latest Discount Prices, & any new developments!! -
- WE Now Have The QJE 30 Amp and 50 Amp Switching Power Supplys in our OnLine Catalog. Super compact!!/li>
Also, Astatic has introduced a NEW Base Station CB/Amateur microphone! This is the 1st base mike from Astatic since discontinuing their famous D-104 "Lollipop" Base mike & 1104C base mikes a few of years ago.
- OFF Topic Dept: - Famous Long Island, NY Radio Station WLIR 92.7 FM Was sold to Univision, & converted to a Spanish Format back on 1/9/2004..... WLIR in the 1980's literally put Alternative "New Wave" Music on the map, & greatly influenced early MTV, much of what early MTV was "credited" with introducing to the USA was first heard on WLIR by their programmers..... A Movie Documentary is nearing release on this Radio Station, & was featured at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
- CB RADIO Scene -
* Cobra released a NEW model 29, The 29 LX, It has an impressive HiTech Digital face & display system, scan, WX, Diagnostics & more! ...
UNIDEN has released model 880 High end mobile & Uniden has re-entered the SSB CB Market again after a long absence with the 980 980SSB! Radios now available! Option wireless Uniden mics are available too!
President CB is back in the USA market with thir feature packed Johnson II, Andy, Johnny III USA, and McKinley SSB FCC approved CB radios!! W are Expecting a new compact President "ANDY" CB later this year as well... GALAXY full featured FCC Approved CB Radios include:
The Galaxy DX-929 & DX-979, They are "loaded" radios. They feature front mike, "Starlite" illuminated faceplates (929/979), Blue L.E.D, Talkback & more. The DX-929/919 are Galaxy's first 40ch "AM Only" CB's! The DX-979 has SSB too. New Board Design, 8719, more compact size. In Stock, Check our online catalog for availability!
The FCC approved Galaxy
DX-2547 CB Base station features 40ch AM/SSB with variable output, Variable TalkBack, 6 digit freq counter, Rgr Beep, Automatic SWR meter & More!
Uniden, currently has no Base Station CB sets available to the US market, with the discontinuing of their "Washington" series radio...
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