Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Mike, who writes:
I thought your readers might like to know about the new Xiegu X5105 [HF] transceiver which is being developed by the Wouxun group out of China (the same company who produces an inexpensive line of amateur HTs).
According to YaesuFT817.com, the X5105’s receiver is a double-conversion superheterodyne design and is made portable by way of 3 rechargeable lithium batteries of 1.8 mAh each. Native output of 5 watts.
I’ve read that the price will be around $500 US.
The X-108 forum also has the following message, I assume, from a company representative…
“Xiegu Tech will launch new products. I’m very pleased to share relevant information with you:-)
I. X5105 short wave transceiver
- X5105 is a highly portable transceiver working at HF+6m band, with a built-in power output of 5W.
- Technical features: double-conversion superheterodyne, fitted with up to 3 lithium batteries of 18,650mph each.
- A standard main unit (embedded with one 8-pole 2.7k-SSB crystal filter)
- An optional high stability, high precision TCXO module
- An optional 500Hz narrow band crystal filter
- An optional plug-in 5W antenna tuner module
II. XPA125 integrated amplifier and antenna tuner
- XPA125, with a built-in antenna tuner, amplifies the output up to 125W.
- 125W linear power amplifier + combined LC antenna tuner.
- A standard 125W amplifier, An optional 125W automatic antenna tuner.”
Thanks for all of the info, Mike!
That’s an interesting portable design. I like the display–reminds me of the Icom IC-746.
I’ll be very curious how well it performs as a general coverage receiver. I don’t see any specs regarding AM mode or the maximum bandwidth. The price is certainly competitive; nearly half that of the Elecraft KX3. I seriously doubt it could give the KX3 a run for its money, performance-wise, but who knows? Looks like we’ll have more info by the end of the year when the X5105 hits production. Thanks again for the tip!