21 ianuarie 2016

YAESU FT-2D Firmware Update

New update for Yaesu FT-2D on January 20, 2016!

Yaesu Musen  announced a new firmware update for the FT-2D radio. 

  According to the company,  "C4FM corresponding to the digital narrow,"  "further optimize the C4FM digital demodulation control under conditions reception is severe, such as weak electric field and multi-path", that a number of improvements have been achieved.
Shipped in 2015 the end of May to start a C4FM digital mode compatible handy machine · FT2D is, was a major update of recently's first firmware. Its contents are as follows.

★ new firmware of FT2D published on January 20:
· FT2D for the main firmware main firmware Ver.1.04 FT2D_MAIN_ver104 (JPN) .zip
For · FT2D sub firmware sub firmware Ver.1.01 FT2D_SUB_ver101 (JPN) .zip
· FT2D for DSP firmware DSP firmware Ver.4.12 PCTOOL_v0412.zip
Major changes:
(1) it has been done to optimize the backlight and the lighting timer setting.
It was made possible display the distance between the (2) C4FM partner station of digital and APRS communication up to 20,000km.
(3) receive, such as a weak electric field and multi-path condition was further optimize the C4FM digital demodulation control under severe conditions.
(4) we now support C4FM digital narrow.
(5) Other, we gave a functional improvement and optimization.
In addition, the update of firmware, use the USB cable that came with FT2D. Before connecting the radio to the computer, read the manual updates, it is necessary to install the software and drivers required for the personal computer.
When performing the update work that confirm the steps in the pre-manuals. Download from the following related links.




ICOM IC-7300

In the middle of winter, the air got hotter and hotter as the release date is approaching.
The estimate date for Europe is the end of January 2016 and I hope to have it on my table in the first week of February!

The shipping to Japan (well...) already started a few days ago. To USA is still on hold due to FCC approval but to Europe... Well, it will be here soon!

Here is the Product Brochure for the Icom IC-7300 in pdf format.
Note that on some browsers the site is reported as a malware site but is not true.

The file is on Google drive now.

73 de YO3HJV

Later Edit:

Here is the User basic manual for the ICOM IC-7300.

ICOM Europe postponed the distribution to middle March 2016.
I understand that the European launch is synchronised with the USA market launch which is FCC dependant, so...

Here are the full specification list according to this Manual:

••Frequency coverage (unit: MHz):
Receiver 0.030000 ~ 74.800000*1
Transmitter 1.800000 ~ 01.999999*2
3.500000 ~ 03.999999*2
5.255000 ~ 05.405000*2
7.000000 ~ 07.300000*2
10.100000 ~ 10.150000*2
14.000000 ~ 14.350000*2
18.068000 ~ 18.168000*2
21.000000 ~ 21.450000*2
24.890000 ~ 24.990000*2
28.000000 ~ 29.700000*2
50.000000 ~ 54.000000*2
70.000000 ~ 70.500000*2
*1 Some frequency ranges are not guaranteed.
*2 Depending on the transceiver version.
••Operating modes: USB/LSB (J3E), CW (A1A), RTTY (F1B), AM (A3E) and FM (F3E)
••Number of memory channels: 101 (including 2 scan edges)
••Antenna connector: SO-239 (antenna impedance: 50 Ω)
••Power supply requirement: 13.8 V DC (±15%)
••Operating temperature range: –10°C to +60°C, +14°F to +140°F
••Frequency stability: Less than ±0.5 ppm (–10°C to +60°C, +14°F to +140°F)
••Frequency resolution: 1 Hz (minimum)
••Power consumption:
Receive Standby 0.9 A
Maximum audio 1.25 A
Transmit Maximum power 21.0 A
••Dimensions (projections not included): 240 (W)×94 (H)×238 (D) mm, 9.4 (W)×3.7 (H)×9.4 (D) in
••Weight (approximately): 4.2 kg, 9.3 Ib
••Transmit output power:
HF and 50 MHz bands
AM 1~25 W
70 MHz band*2
AM 1~12.5 W
*2 Depending on the transceiver version.
••Modulation system:
SSB P.S.N. modulation
AM Low power modulation
FM Reactance modulation
••Spurious emission:
Harmonics Less than –50 dB (1.8~28 MHz)
Less than –63 dB (50 MHz band)
Less than –60 dB (70 MHz band)
Out-of-band emission Less than –40 dB (1.8~28 MHz)
Less than –60 dB (50 MHz band)
Less than –60 dB (70 MHz band)
••Carrier suppression: More than 50 dB
••Unwanted sideband suppression: More than 50 dB
••Microphone impedance: 600 Ω
••Receive system: Direct sampling superheterodyne
••Intermediate frequency: 36 kHz
••Sensitivity (Filter: SOFT):
SSB/CW (at 10 dB S/N)
1.8 ~ 29.999999 MHz Less than –123 dBm (0.16 μV) (P.AMP1 ON)
50 MHz band Less than –125 dBm (0.13 μV) (P.AMP2 ON)
70 MHz band*2 Less than –123 dBm (0.16 μV) (P.AMP2 ON)
*2 Depending on the transceiver version.
AM (at 10 dB S/N)
0.5 ~ 1.8 MHz Less than –85 dBm (12.6 μV) (P.AMP1 ON)
1.8 ~ 29.999999 MHz Less than –101 dBm (2.0 μV) (P.AMP1 ON)
50 MHz and 70 MHz bands Less than –107 dBm (1.0 μV) (P.AMP2 ON)
FM (at 12 dB SINAD)
28.0 ~ 29.7 MHz Less than –113 dBm (0.5 μV) (P.AMP1 ON)
50 MHz and 70 MHz bands Less than –119 dBm (0.25 μV) (P.AMP2 ON)
••Squelch sensitivity (threshold):
SSB Less than –92 dBm (5.6 μV)
FM Less than –117 dBm (0.3 μV)
(HF band: P.AMP1 ON, 50 MHz band: P.AMP2 ON)
••Selectivity (Filter: SHARP):
SSB (BW=2.4 kHz) More than 2.4 kHz/–6 dB
Less than 3.4 kHz/–40 dB
CW (BW=500 Hz) More than 500 Hz/–6 dB
Less than 700 Hz/–40 dB
RTTY (BW=500 Hz) More than 500 Hz/–6 dB
Less than 800 Hz/–40 dB
AM (BW=6 kHz) More than 6.0 kHz/–6 dB
Less than 10 kHz/–40 dB
FM (BW=15 kHz) More than 12.0 kHz/–6 dB
Less than 22 kHz/–40 dB
••Spurious and image rejection: More than 70 dB (except for ADC aliasing)
••Audio output power: More than 2.5 W (8 Ω load, 1 kHz, 10% distortion)
••AF output impedance: 8 Ω
••RIT variable range: ±9.999 kHz
DDAntenna tuner
••Tunable impedance range: 16.7~150 Ω (unbalanced) (less than 3:1 VSWR)
••Tuning accuracy: Less than 1.5:1 VSWR
••Tuning time (approximately): 2~3 seconds (average)
15 seconds (maximum)
LAll stated specifications are typical and subject to change without notice or obligation.

08 ianuarie 2016

RK7K, another pirate station from disputed teritories occupied by the Russians

Well, I had a previous post about a pirate ham station from the "Republic of Donetsk".
It seems that the russians speculate the wish for HF of our comrade hams and forces (i hope is a forced "option") to use russian issued ham callsigns in order to practice their hobby.

Is sad, it's like taken the favorite toy from a helpless child but the reality is that RK7K is not a valid ham radio callsign.


Because, to be valid, the callsigns had to be issued to a national authority recognised by ITU. Or, the Crimea Peninsula/ Republic of Crimea is under the Ukraine's administration when we are speaking of radio spectrum and coordination!
So, for me, as a Romanian Ham, RK7K is, sadly, just a pirate stations ahich I am not allowed to contact by radio means.

Nope, the QSL card is not mine, but a Romanian fellow ham who was fooled into this info war..

Here is a message from  Ukrainian Amateur Radio League:

Mamuka Kordzakhia:
Ukrainian Amateur Radio League
APPEAL to the international amateur radio community
On March 2014 Russia has occupied and annexed Ukrainian territory known as Autonomous Republic of Crimea (UU/UT*J).
Annexation of the peninsula had violated fundamental principles of the United Nations, the Final Act of Helsinki Conference on security and co-operation in Europe, and number of others international and bilateral Russian-Ukrainian treaties. Under all these treaties Russia has undertaken obligations to assure sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
List of obligations and treaties signed by Russia but failed to observe by occupation of Crimea:
a. Article 2. Clause 4. Charter of the United Nations. “Member-states shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations”;
b. Article 2. Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe. Final act. “The participating States will refrain in their mutual relations, as well as in their international relations in general, from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State…”;
c. Budapest memorandum. Where Russia, the U.K and the USA reaffirm to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine in exchange of abandon nuclear weapon;
d. Article 2. Treaty of friendship, co-operation and partnership between Russian and Ukraine (Russian). Where parties respect each other sovereignty and inviolability of borders in accordance with Charter of the United Nations and Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe.
e. Chapter 1. Chapter 15 clause.4 the Constitution of the Russia. Where mentioned that international treaty shall prevail over domestic once.
This is first annexation in Europe for almost 70 years. It is outrage violations of fundamental principles of European security, which has been achieved with great difficulties after WWII. Moreover, It creates very dangerous precedent of selective approach to undertaken commitments. In Europe and the whole world there is virtually every state which is not satisfied with its own existing borders, thus, one-sided revision of borders may bring the world to the brink of WWIII.
Ukraine is the very first state in the history which has abandoned its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles on own will. All stock of weapon was handed over specifically to Russia in exchange assurance of territorial integrity formalized by Budapest memorandum. Russia, however, being a party of Budapest memorandum has committed aggression against Ukraine. Occupation of the territory took place without prior notice, declaration of war, suspension of own obligations or withdrawal any of above mentioned treaties.
International community has resolutely condemned occupation and annexation of Crimea and stood in favor of territorial integrity of Ukraine.
4 UN Resolution calling upon states not to recognize changes in status of Crimea;
The Hague declaration following the g7 meeting on 24 March. Condemnation of aggression.
Council of Europe (COE) The illegal annexation of Crimea has no legal effect and is not recognized by the Council of Europe.
European Commission for Democracy through Law (VENICE COMMISSION) Conclusion on
illegality of referendum in Crimea.
President of the USA Barak Obama statement on Ukraine. “The future of Ukraine must be
decided by the people of Ukraine. … Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be
respected, and international law must be upheld”.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Attachment 5. “We reiterate that
we will not recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea”.
Following illegitimate occupation and annexation the Amateur Union of Russia(SRR) has
hastened to establish its branches in the annexed territory and Russian General Radio Frequency Centre
(GRFC) commenced issuing amateur radio licenses.
The actions of the kind are completely contradict provisions of
f. Section II Article 19. Clause 19.29 § 12 “Allocation of international series and assignment of call
signs” of Radio Regulations of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which requires that
all stations open to international public correspondence, all amateur stations, and other stations
which are capable of causing harmful interference beyond the boundaries of the territory or
geographical area in which they are located, shall have call signs from the international series
allocated to its administration as given in the Table of Allocation of International Call Sign Series
in Appendix 42.
g. Article 9.5 of Regulations of amateur radio communication of Ukraine which have been
developed on the base of ITU Radio regulations. As per the above article all foreign amateur
radio stations operating in Ukraine should add UT/ in front of their callsigns.
Ukraine is a member of ITU since 1992. It strongly follows provisions of ITU Radio Regulations
and Convention. Both documents have been ratified by the Parliament of Ukraine on 15 July 1994., thus
Ukraine has obtained full legitimate rights to manage frequency spectrum within its territory. Thus, Only
Ukraine through its authorized institutions possesses rights to issue amateur licenses within allocated
series of callsigns. As per Appendix 42, of ITU Regulations series of callsigns allocated for Ukraine are:
Out of above series, Regulations of amateur radio communication of Ukraine allocated following
series of callsigns for Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city:
UU - Autonomous Republic of Crimea
UT5J/UU9 –Sevastopol, Crimean city of special status.
However, Russian GRFC had unlawfully allocated following series:
R*7R* - for Sevastopol, city of special status.
In view of obvious violation of above articles of ITU Regulations as well prefixes allocated by
Ukrainian Center of Radio Frequency (UCRF), all these signs shall be treated as ILLEGAL OF PIRATE.
The only authorized body witch has legitimate rights to manage frequency spectrum as well as
issue on air operation licenses is Ukrainian Center of Radio Frequency (UCRF), the body whose authority
on frequency spectrum management has been confirmed by ITU, Chapter., page. 254
Based on the above stated, the National Radio Amateur organization Ukrainian Amateur Radio
League (UARL) DECLARES that in all contests, award programs other UH/UHF events hosted by UARL
recognized can be only series of callsigns UU – UT5J or foreign callsigns UT/CALLSIGN for Autonomous
Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol and credited for Ukraine.
UARL is APPEALING to the international amateur radio community, contest and award
organizers, ham radio logger developers, all other organizers of any HAM radio UH/UHF events and
activities for the same, namely:
1. Do not recognize issued by occupational authorities following Russian prefixes R*6K*; R*7K*; R*7R*.
2. Do not credit locations Sevastopol, Crimea (Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Respublika Krym) as territory of Russia .
3. As long as international community considers Crimea as essential part of Ukraine, the only series of prefixes to be credited are those which allocated by ITU and UCRF such as UU – UT*J, and (Autonomna Respublica Krym, Autonomous republic of Crimea or Crimea) and Sevastopol) to be credited for Ukraine.
4. Credit operation group of islands Black Sea Coast island groups (Kosa Tuzla, Lebyazh'i) EU-180, as per list of IOTA, only with Ukrainian callsigns or foreign once with approved prefix UT/CALLSIGN.
UARL is urging those who had already taken decision which is not in favor of this appeal to reconsider it.
Ukrainian Amateur Radio League once again confirms its commitment to HAM SPIRIT and particularly emphasize that this appeal has in no way political! On the contrary, this is the matter of respect of international agreements, voluntarily undertaken obligations, own law and self-respect. The principles of business as usual in cases like that just encourage trespasser for further violations.

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