Category Archives: Ham Radio

Radio Deal: Elecraft’s “Black Friday” sale

If you’ve been considering an Elecraft transceiver, you might want to take a gander a the discounts Elecraft has posted for Black Friday.

Two of my favorite portable transceivers are in the sale:

  • The KX2 Transceiver + FREE MH3 Microphone ($699.95 US)
  • The KX3 Transceiver (modular kit) + FREE MH3 Microphone ($874.95 US)

 Click here to read our review of the Elecraft KX3 and the KX2.

Of course, Elecraft has discounted almost all of their product line and a few packages. The sale includes free ground shipping and an Elecraft hat with each Black Friday order.

Click here to view the sale on Elecraft’s website.

Icom IC-7300 “Black Friday” sale at Gigaparts

Many thanks to Dave Zantow (N9EWO) who notes that GigaParts, like HRO, is offering the Icom IC-7300 general coverage transceiver for $999.95 shipped after rebate.

As I mentioned yesterday, the IC-7300 is a fantastic general coverage transceiver with built-in sound card for digital modes, touch screen spectrum display and brilliant performance overall. Check out our review of the ‘7300 by clicking here.

This sale combined with Icom’s rebate will yield you the lowest price I’ve ever seen on the IC-7300.

Click here to view this deal at GigaParts.

Dave notes “Black Friday” deals on the Icom IC-R8600 and IC-7300

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dave Zantow (N9EWO), who notes that Ham Radio Outlet has a “Back Friday” special on both the Icom IC-7300 transceiver ($999.95 with shipping after rebate) and the IC-R8600 wideband receiver ($2,299.95 with shipping).

According to HRO, these prices will expire on November 27, 2018.

While the IC-R8600 wideband receiver will still be considered pricey by most standards, but in my opinion the IC-7300 is a steal at $999.95.  The IC-7300 is a fantastic general coverage transceiver with built-in sound card for digital modes, touch screen spectrum display and brilliant performance overall. Check out our review of the ‘7300 by clicking here.

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing the IC-7300, I would bite the bullet now. This sale combined with Icom’s rebate will yield you the lowest price I’ve ever seen on the IC-7300.

Note: Dave is selling an AOR AR7030 “PLUS” and JRC NRD-545

Also, note that Dave Zantow is selling a couple of his benchmark receivers. I know Dave well and can fully endorse purchasing from him as he takes meticulous care of his equipment. Dave has listed his radios for sale on his website.

Click here to check out Dave’s items for sale.

SWLing Post readers: please contact me if you note other holiday radio deals. I would love to share them.

CommRadio CTX-10 approved by FCC

The CommRadio CTX-10

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, R. Lewis (KF5GV), who writes:

Just noticed on Universal Radio web page the Comm Radio CTX-10 has been approved by the FCC. They are accepting pre-orders on Dec 1. No indication of pricing but hope they announce it soon.

Thanks for the tip!

I’m looking forward to checking out the CommRadio CTX-10. For one thing, it’s in one of my favorite radio categories: portable general coverage QRP transceivers!

Since the CTX-10 receiver is likely an iteration of the excellent CommRadio CR1 series, I expect it’ll perform well on the broadcast bands as well as the ham bands. I look forward to reviewing the CTX-10.

The new CTX-10 prototype from CommRadio at Universal Radio’s 2017 Hamvention booth.

Follow the tag CommRadio CTX-10 for updates.

Video: TX Factor Episode 19

(Source: TX Factor)

In this show we kick off with part one of our reports from Hamfest 2017 with a preview of the Icom IC-7610 and IC-R8600 rigs. We meet the new owners of PW Magazine, and Pete tries his hand at the RSGB on-line exam. There’s also an update on the RSGB’s EMC Committee’s findings.

Bob finds his way back to New Broadcasting House in London where the Director General discovers he has amateurs working for the BBC.

And, you can win a mobile linear-amp for your handie in our next free-to-enter draw.

Click here to view Episode 18 on TX Factor’s website, or click here to watch on YouTube.

Thanks for yet another excellent and informative episode, TX Factor!