Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Winter Field Day Jan 28-29 2017

Fred Lesnick

Exchange: VE3FAL -10(1 station, outdoors), ONN (Ontario North)

Saturday morning packed the truck with gear and sleigh to pull into my shelter location South of Thunder Bay. This location serves as not only the area I like to hunt, hike and bike, but also my training grounds for Winter Survival as well as a training grounds for the 1st Thunder Scout Explorer Group that I am proud to be part of.

I parked the truck and pulled the sleigh in 2 kms to the location. Opened up the tent and got the fire going straight away inside as well as outside.  Morning temperature was nice and the hike was peaceful as well. Scouter James and part of the troop showed up just after 10am where we practiced building and setting primitive traps up as well as relax and enjoy the day. I prepped a spot for my KX2 in the tent and later put the Packtenna EF up in the tree’s with the help of Scouter James. We were ready to roll for the 1900z start of WFD. I opted to operate 40 meters QRP CW only as it was the only band that showed any real activity; the higher bands were very spotty. 

Scouter James and I spent the entire night out at the tent while I played off and on in the test. I was able to make 10 completed qso’s (exchanges) and actually beat my score from last year. For me it’s not hardcore, I am just out to play and hone skills both with radio and survival. 

I made a short video of the day dedicated to WFD and it can be seen on my YouTube Channel:

73 Fred VE3FAL

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Xiegu X5105 debut shortly

Probably just after the Chinese New Year, you will see the introduction into the QRP radio world the latest from Xiegu being the X5105 radio.

I do not have a price as of yet for the radio but I have some information that was sent along with some pictures of the radio, the radio will have built in tuner option among other items.
Here is some of the information that I do have:

Transceiver frequency: the HAM band within 0.5~54MHz
Working mode: SSB, CW, AM, FM, PSK, RTTY
Transmit power: 5W @ Max
Frequency stability: + 0.5ppm@ boot 5 minutes
Frequency step: 1Hz
Receiving sensitivity: better than 0.25uV
Selectivity: CW:500Hz (-6dB) / SSB:2400Hz (-6dB)
Dynamic range: better than 98dB
Spurious transmission suppression: more than 50dBc
Initial tuning time of antenna tuning: less than 10S
Antenna impedance: 50
Working voltage: DC 8.5~15V
Standby current: 400mA @ Max
Machine size: 158*91*50 (mm)
Weight: [contain battery, 0.77Kg]
The built-in battery, with automatic antenna tuning function, can continuous coverage of HF+6 meters band, full mode operation, with intermediate frequency output, it can connect XDT1 data terminal equipment to become the standard of SDR, the standard 500Hz narrow-band CW filters, ADSP digital signal processing, 5 inch LCD display, small in size, is very convenient to carry, and equipped with bracket.

So just wanted to share some of the latest from China before they settle in for their Chinese New Year festivities.
More information will follow as it comes in, and we will make any updates as we get it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

FX-9A Revisited

Got the radio back after repairs and after a short test I am happy to say that it is receiving 100 times better then it was when I first got the unit. Thanks to Frankie at Windcamp for all of his help, he is a super person to deal with.

I was told by Frankie when it was shipped away and on the bench that there was a bad solder connection and a virtual switch issue, what-ever that might be in English.

I am happy to say that the radio came back new and working well on all bands. Receive is like many of the other videos I have watched on the internet.
I will have more updates and videos of the unit in action after the holidays.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year one and all....

FX-9A Revisited

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

FX-9A in action (well not really) against other rigs

I did a short write up about the FX-9A the other day and just wanted to follow that up with a video of it against a few of my other rigs sharing the same antenna and running the other rigs without a PREamp on and even turning on the ATTenuator to compare :
The rigs I put the FX-9A up against were
Vertex VX1700
Elecraft KX2
Xiegu X108G

Have a listen and then you tell me, the FX-9A gets bombed by them all including the Xiegu X108G with ATT on and PRE off.

73 all

Monday, September 12, 2016

FX-9A once again......

FX-9A not a radio for everyone

Finally pulled the FX-9A out from under the desk to give it a whirl once again on 20 meters since the bands are somewhat lively tonight, hooked the paddle up, power, adjusted to 18 wpm , set power output to low (5w) and called CQ using the windom. Sent out a few CQ's, was I being heard ? Reverse beacon says I was:

But that was not all that was hearing me, aside from the quirky cw sidetone from the speaker, missed characters while sending cw and the YL yelling from the living room "hey what are you doing in there" my dual band VHF/UHF radio was actually breaking squelch on the SO-50 downlink UHF frequency whilst I was sending code with the FX-9A. 
I have wanted to put a SDR on and check for spurious emissions from the FX-9A but have not had a chance to do that yet. We do not have cable or satellite tv but only use internet based tv such as Netflix and Android TV, but the FX-9A was sending out crazy lines across the tv at the 5 watt setting, plus the UHF rigs squelch being triggered, this tends to tell me the transmitter is not very clean, even at low power settings.

These radios are way overpriced, poorly designed and made, and no firmware updates are available like with the Elecraft models or even the Xiegu X108G, which is still by far a superior radio to the FX-9A. The LNR radios are probably 3 times the radio these made in the bedroom radios can ever be.

I have seen others videos and reviews on this radio and others seem happy , but they are way behind any of the others, add that to no warranty, replacement policies and no paperwork or instructions I would not recommend these radios to anyone that wants to operate with a signal that is clean and will keep you out of trouble. It also tends to overheat very quickly, even at low power.