Tackling Pirate Radio London

A North London Borough (Council) is adopting a new approach to eliminate the issue of Pirate Radio, hoping to save up to £1 million if rolled out without the whole of London.

Haringey Council, in conjunction with Homes for Haringey, have changed their to enforcement, and have saved £90,000 in Policing and repair costs, by focusing on the sites used by Pirate Radio.

Employees target known locations that provide the perfect conditions for broadcast, high rise building, where the enforcement teams find transmitters installed on rooftops or hidden in lift shafts. Often the equipment is poorly installed, potential a risk to people from falling equipment or frequency interference.

The prompt removal of illegal broadcast equipment is removing the harm for people and building, reducing costs, and is also providing a cleaner band for the emergency services to broadcast within,

If this approach is adopted by the whole of London, the savings could be as much as one million pounds.

Clive Corrie, Head of Ofcom’s Spectrum Enforcement team, said: “Illegal broadcasting harms local communities and risks lives by interfering with vital communications used by the emergency services and air traffic control.

“By working in partnership with local authorities, Ofcom is tackling this problem. We also strongly urge those broadcasting illegally to get involved with internet or community radio, a legitimate route on to the airwaves.”

Astrid Kjellberg-Obst, Executive Director of Operations at Homes for Haringey, said: “Pirate radio stations damage people’s homes and can be extremely distressing to our residents.

“We’ve seen huge success in tackling the problem with the measures that we’ve introduced, removing all pirate radio stations from Haringey and saving the borough tens of thousands of pounds in the process. We will continue to work with Ofcom to keep Haringey pirate-free.”

Ofcom offers accessible, legal alternatives to get onto the airwaves. Since 2005, Ofcom has issued community radio licenses, enabling small stations across the UK to get on-air right and serve their local communities. More than 200 community radio services are now broadcasting.

Ofcom is also supporting a new, innovative way for smaller stations to broadcast on digital radio. If tests are successful the system, called ‘small scale DAB’, promises to open up digital radio to smaller broadcasters for a fraction of current costs.


Tackling Pirate Radio London

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300

Wouxun KG-UV920E

Wouxun KG-UV920E
Wouxun KG-UV920E

Wouxun KG-UV920E

The Wouxun KG-UV920E is a low cost mobile device for 2m and 70cm with built-in FM radio receiver. The unit has a removable control panel that can be better read by a slight tilt. The Separation cable for the control panel are always included. Also included is a large DTMF microphone.

The frequency range in the transmission side is 144-148 and 430-440MHz and can be expanded up to 138-174 or 400 to 470MHz. In addition, a radio receiver (WFM) from 65-108 MHz with 20 memory channels is included. The transmit power up to 50W on 2m and 40W on 70cm is quite sufficient to reach the next Repeater or colleagues.

Notice: The device can not receive 2 signals simultaneously!

Included in delivery is a large, robust DTMF microphone. Besides the remote functions and DTMF the microphone also has a built-in speaker. The internal device speakers can be turned off and output can redirected through the microphone speaker.

Specification:

  • 2m/70cm Dualband Mobile Radio
  • Power: 50W on 2m / 40W on 70cm (switchable)
  • big Display
  • 999 Memorys for 2m/70cm
  • FM Radio Receiver
  • 20 Memorys for FM Radio
  • removeable Front Panel
  • Crossband-Operation
  • free programmable Shift
  • Tone: 1750, 1450, 1000, 2100hz
  • additional 6.25kHz Steps
  • Cloning Function
  • 3 different Display Background colors
  • CTCSS De- and Encoder
  • DTMF De- and Encoder
  • Two Wouxun KG-UV920E can be switched to one Repeater!
  • Size: 140 x 44 x 207 mm
  • Weight: 1.5 kg

Scope of delivery:

  • Duoband Mobile Radio KG-UV920E
  • DTMF Handmicrophone
  • Mobile Bracket
  • DC-Power Cord
  • Spare Fuse
  • Mikrophoneclip
  • Holder for Front Panel
  • Front Panel Cover
  • Mounting screws
  • Separartion cable
  • Manual English

Wouxun KG-UV920E

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300

Yaesu DR-1XE FM/C4FM relay 2m / 70cm

Yaesu offers you the dual mode repeater

Yaesu DR-1XE

Yaesu DR-1XE

for a smooth transition from traditional FM mode to digital C4FM modulation. This relay is capable of both operation modes, the automatic mode select (AMS) recognizes the signal as C4FM digital or conventional FM and then the DR-1XE repeater retransmits the signal using the preset communications mode. This makes operating in FM as well as C4FM with only one relay possible.

The DR-1XE relay is shipped as a professional 19″ system, an extrnal power supply (13.8V, 15A) is required. The repeater can be used either on 2m (144-146MHz) or 70cm (430-440MHz). Programming is done very comfortably via a large, coloured touch display on the front. With that you can program ‘Id’ (call sign), transmission and receiving frequency, transmission power (5, 20 or 50W), CTCSS, squelch and the automatic modulation select (AMS). Frequencies can be adjusted in 5 or 6.25kHz steps.

The device requires 13.8V, max. 15A for operation. The DC cable is included. The repeater has an internal loudspeaker for local checking, also a microphone can be plugged in for testing the transmitter.

Yaesu DR-1XE Repeater rear sideZoom
The DR-1XE repeater has no diplexer built-in, but needs be added externally. On the rear side there are separate connectors for transmission and receiving antenna available. The transmission power can be adjusted to 5, 20 or 50W. The relay identifier can be transmitted via voice or CW output in adjustable time intervals to meet regulatory requirements for automatic operating units.

DR-1XE includes in delivery:
DR-1XE relay in a 19″ chassis
DC cable
English manual
SCU-20 PC-ACC cable (USB)

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300

Kenwood mobile dualbander TM-V71E

Kenwood TMV-71E
Kenwood TMV-71E

Kenwood TMV-71E

The new Kenwood mobile dualbander TM-V71E offers everything you will ever need in respect of fucntional richness and ease of use.

As a real dualbander simultaneous reception on 2m and 70cm is possible, as well as dual reception with VHF (V+V) and UHF (U+U). Max. 50W of power (can be reduced) on both bands offer best reach even in difficult areas. Up to 1000 memories leave no gaps, the display is either by frequency or alpha numeric.

The TM-V71E is perfect for Echolink operations. Together with the optional cable PG-5H the radio can be directly connectd to a computer and work as an Echolink gateway. Ten DTMF memories serve as often called Echolink node numbers.

To facilitate operations under different circumstances the TM-V71E offers the choice of five user profiles. The helps to manage the 1000 memories. The large and easy readable LC display is backlight in either amber or green and can be mounted upside down, if the radio is to be installed in the roof area of your car. With various optional cable sets the front panel can be detached and mounted separately.

Kenwood offers a free programming software which can be used with the optional PG-5G programming cable. A DTMF microphone with backlit keys is included.


Kenwood TMV-71E

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300

FlexRadio PowerSDR

SmartSDR & PowerSDR Flexradio software

The Software that Launched the SDR Revolution in Ham Radio

FlexRadio Systems PowerSDR™ software provides all DSP and hardware control functions for FlexRadio Systems’ FLEX-1500, FLEX-3000* and FLEX-5000* software defined radios.  While software experimentation is encouraged, no programming experience is ever required to enjoy your software defined radio.  The complete application is provided in compiled form so that you can simply download, install and run it.  Written in a combination of ANSI C and C#, FlexRadio PowerSDR software is easy to learn and modify.  Source code is available to encourage amateur SDR research and experimentation.  The capabilities of the FlexRadio PowerSDR software are limited only by your imagination.

*FLEX-5000 manufacturing discontinued May 2013.
*FLEX-3000 manufacturing discontinued October 2014.


SmartSDR & PowerSDR Flexradio software

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300