Saturday, July 15, 2017

Photos of KANHAM 2017

KANHAM - Kansai Ham Festival - , second largest ham festival, has been held on July 15-16th in Osaka, Japan. Visitors can touch working samples of ICOM IC-7610 and so on. Here are some pictures taken in KANHAM 2017.

At the end of the opening ceremony;

Outdoor booths:

 Indoor booths :

Now the remarkable ICOM IC-7610. Some appearances seems to be modified from last year.
These photos can be enlarged after clicked.

The IC-7610 is expected to be released at the end of this summer.

Alinco's new mobile 5Watt Digital Convenience Radio (D-CR) DR-DPM60, about $460 excluding tax.

Yaesu FT-70D Japan version. This HT is currently available.

A dual band HT FT-65, not 65R, from Yaesu will be released but not announced in detail yet.

A staff said "The FT-65 is successor of the FT-60. The release was suddenly brought to me this Friday and no further information."
The body is completely same as FT-65R already released in the US this year. Only the firmware and built-in FM receiver are temporarily fit for Japan.

A Motorola D-CR GDR4200, which has up to 2.5W output with 3.7V Lithium-ion battery.

CL08, a 20+27ch 10mW Low power License-Free radio, pronounced "create" is released a few years ago. It uses 1AA alkaline battery. There are three colors.

FDM-DUO, an ELAD SDR, is also displayed. The camo version is so cool!

Although it was 93.2F with high humidity today, I talked to some exhibitors with same hobby and enjoyed.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What do you imagine for new AIWA?

Recently AIWA brand has been obtained by Towada Audio, a communication equipments manufacturer placed in Akita Japan.

Towada Audio is one of the well known manufacture as most of the products are made for SONY. Many well-known radios such as ICF-SW7600GR, ICF-EX5mk2, ICF-801, ICF-SW22(discontinued), ICF-SW77(discontinued), ICF-SW55(discontinued), ICF-SW1(discontinued), ICF-SW100(discontinued), ICF-SW07(discontinued), ICF-J1 and ICF-J40 also seem to be engineered or/and manufactured by Towada Audio.

The new AIWA corporation has already been established in Tokyo this year (2017). The announcement said that though planning and conducting products are done in the Tokyo office, products are manufactured in China. Release date of the products will be this Autumn (2017).

So what do you have image for AIWA? I imagine that AIWA produces higher quality and innovative value than the price tag.

New AIWA has planned to release 4K UHD TV, bluetooth audios, record players and boomboxes. Now let's check the boomboxes which include a CD/SD/USB/Bluetooth radio recorder/player, a CD boombox and a CD/SD/USB/Bluetooth radio player like below;

I used to see some similar pictures for the upper left one.
...oh there!
Almost same shape! This CD/SD/USB radio has already been sold around the world excepting Japan, not new.

From the pictures, it merely seems only to be rebranded Chinese products and I doubt what new AIWA is. Better sound or better features? I think neither. There is no originality.

If the new AIWA sells only relabeled Chinese TV and audio products without sufficient effort, she will be beaten by other products and ceased soon. What on earth is the purpose of resuming AIWA?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Function differences & Impression : BCD436HP vs UBCD3600XLT

As I have said before, we check differences between Uniden BCD436HP and the UBCD3600XLT. Additionally, I will show the first operating impression for the UBCD3600XLT. The firmware version of my BCD436HP is 1.11.17 and of my UBCD3600XLT is 1.00.01.
Uniden UBCD3600XLT

“Manage Full Database” and “WX Operation” BCD436HP has were removed.


Set Your Location
“Enter Zip Code” and “Auto Locate” were removed.
Setting of “Set Range” can be selected from some preset items, whereas the BCD436HP can be set manually not having preset items.
BCD436HP Set Your Location
UBCD3600XLT Set Your Location

“Upgrade” option was removed.
BCD436HP Settings
UBCD3600XLT Settings

Settings > Band Defaults
Band Configuration of the UBCD3600XLT was divided into 28 while that of the BCD436HP was 27.
BCD436HP Band Default1/4
UBCD3600XLT Band Default1/4

BCD436HP Band Default2/4
UBCD3600XLT Band Default2/4

BCD436HP Band Default3/4
UBCD3600XLT Band Default3/4

BCD436HP Band Default4/4
UBCD3600XLT Band Default4/4

Srch/CloCall Opt
“Repeater Find” was removed.
BCD436HP Srch/CloCall Opt
UBCD3600XLT Srch/CloCall Opt

Srch/CloCall Opt > Broadcast Screen
Preset bands were removed. Only 10 bands can be preset by users.
BCD436HP Set Each Band
UBCD3600XLT Set Each Band

The label on the UBCD3600XLT says “POWER REQUIREMENT : 5V DC 1000mA”. The BCD436HP tells 5V DC 500mA. As far as I see the instructions of the BCD436HP and the UBCD3600XLT, receiver sensitivities of the UBCD3600XLT is lower than that of the BCD436HP and Close call sensitivity of the UBCD3600XLT is totally higher than that of BCD436HP. Perhaps, there are some modifications in the UBCD3600XLT. If it is true, battery would last only half of the BCD436HP.

As the instruction manual mentioned, receiver coverage of the UBCD3600XLT is 25-512MHz, 806-960MHz and 1240-1300MHz, which is narrower than BCD436HP (758-805.995MHz not covered with). I have succeeded to import a HPE file that I am using on the BCD436HP into UBCD3600XLT Sentinel software. Although DMR Tier III and EDACS PROVOICE seem to be equipped with the UBCD3600XLT by default without any expense, SYSTEMs that include out of the reception frequencies that has been preset are fully ignored by the UBCD3600XLT even if there are some frequency that can be heard in the SYSTEM . For instance, if a SYSTEM includes more than one 770MHz frequencies that cannot be heard on the UBCD3600XLT and more than one 144MHz that can be heard both BCD436HP and UBCD3600XLT, the SYSTEM is not recognized by the UBCD3600XLT itself (the SYSTEM name not displayed at all). But frequencies not received by the UBCD3600XLT can be input on the UBCD3600XLT Sentinel software (Version 1.00 revision 00).
UBCD3600XLT Sentinel software at outband SYSTEM imported

What I want the UBCD3600XLT to equip with is dPMR/NXDN/D-CR capabilities. I doubt why the UBCD3600XLT for the Euro market does not have dPMR digital mode.

The UBCD3600XLT is mostly identical to the upgraded BCD436HP. If you are in the US and have improved BCD436HPs, the UBCD3600XLT may not be attractive. If Uniden makes more effort to develop digital scanners to add much more digital mode with codecs, the ICOM IC-R30 might be disappeared.
Uniden UBCD3600XLT digital scanner

Will check sensitivity of the UBCD3600XLT and other differences from the BCD436HP.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

First Look : Uniden UBCD3600XLT with BCD436HP

Uniden UBCD3600XLT
I have got my UBCD3600XLT Digital and Analog scanner. Let’s check appearances of the Uniden UBCD3600XLT first of all.

Appearances of the UBCD3600XLT for European market is almost same as BCD436HP for the US market. There are some minor differences as below;
  • Bigger or smaller font on the keypads (bit a little)
  • Characters "ZIP" -> "LIST", "WX"-> (removed) changed on the keypads
  • Back label : simpler texts than BCD436HP

Front : BCD436HP (left) and UBCD3600XLT (right)

Keypad : BCD436HP (left) and UBCD3600XLT (right)

Back : BCD436HP (left) and UBCD3600XLT (right)

Battery &SD slot : BCD436HP (left) and UBCD3600XLT (right)

my BCD436HPs (left, right) and UBCD3600XLT (center)

Will compare functions between the BCD436HP and the UBCD3600XLT soon.