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Saturday 25 May 2024

The new QMX+

Last week without any fanfare, Hans Summers small company QRP Labs, launched the bigger QMX+. 

A full blown 160m-6m. CW and Digital modes. 5W QRP rig. (SSB to come in a future firmware release).


The radio is available as either a kit, or as a ready built option. With optional metal case and GPS Unit to aid frequency alignment, RTC, and Location.

Anything which Hans designs, is engineered and tuned for high performance! With an easy step by step documentation for those who are competent enough to understand and build.

The radio is based on the proven QMX SDR. But where the smaller sister is limited to 5 bands, the QMX+ comes with a full hat of HF bands including 6m.


Price starts at $125 + case + options + carriage. (Price may also be subject to import charges, duty etc.)

Further details:

QRP Labs forum:

G3XBM informs me he has ordered a fully assembled unit. So it is well worth keeping an eye on his blog for details when it arrives in his shack:



Wednesday 27 December 2023

QST the end!

 All ARRL fees are up from the 1st January 2024.

An international 3 year ARRL membership, including QST, rises from $217 to $282 a rise of 30% from the 1st January. That's another one I won't be renewing.

Something that is supposed to represent Amateur radio, does not provide good value for money for it's membership. With that sort of hike many members will leave and it will do nothing to encourage new members into the ARRL.

ARRL rates from the 1st Jan 2024:

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Yaesu FTDX101 price drop!

There has been a sudden upping of the UK cashback offer on the Yaesu FTDX101D. Infact it has been doubled from the original cashback offer of £170 to £340!! Taking the price after cashback down to £2659.95.


This makes this quite an exceptional saving over the list price for a big base HF station rig.


Offer now expired 31.1.24

Monday 14 August 2023 now redirects to Amateur Radio Daily news

 If you still have the old Southgate Amateur Radio News URL in your bookmarks. You will now find it redirects you to ARD Amateur Radio Daily.. 

Click on the link above for more detail. 

Friday 19 May 2023

The QMX from QRP Labs

QRP Labs have announced the new QMX 5 band digital transceiver.


Initially the firmware supports CW and Single tone FSK modes, but maybe upgraded to SSB in future firmware updates:

Available as a kit or fully assembled, you can bet that this is going to be the hottest QRP product of the year.

Further details:

Saturday 22 April 2023

Blackpool Rally 23th April

 The warmth from the North welcomes all to the Norbreck rally tomorrow.

Further detail click NARSA