Making Waves -Boy’s toys – the DJ-G7
Something new arrived in the postbag the other day – an Alinco DJ-G7 three band handheld transceiver. Operating on 2m (145MHz), 70cm (433MHz) and 23cm (1296MHz) plus a wide RX scanner from 0.53MHz – 1299.995MHz although it is bblocked on the cellular/mobile phone frequencies for obvious privacy reasons.
Anyway, I unboxed it, fitted the battery (Li-Ion) the hand strap and belt clip and turned it on to see what it could do. Obviously, the battery wasn’t fully charged so any transmitting would have to wait but, on tuning through I did manage to pick up some nearby PMR stations which seemed promising. It also came with a nice desktop charger which I made use of and was surprised at just how fast it charged the battery. The manual states that using the supplied charger the battery can be charged from flat in 3 hours, I made the initial charge in about one.
Personally I live in a very bad place for VHF amateur radio, let alone UHF so I was pleasantly surprised when I sat the DJ-G7 on the coffee table the next morning, scanned through 2m and voices suddenly erupted from the speaker. It was G4VUA (Alan) from the next village running a local(ish) net. I picked up the set and called in and, lo and behold, he replied to me. Not bad from a little handy sitting in the living room. All things considered though he does have an advantage of height above me.
Anyway, how clean is the signal? I tuned it to 1.2965Ghz and with only the supplied rubber antenna fitted, checked the output against my spectrum analyser. The results were spot on – a lovely clean signal with no harmonics detected. Well done Alinco – this one looks like a winner.
Moving on to other matters, conditions both on HF and VHF have improved of late. There have been numerous sunspots appearing and this has led to some late summer sporadic e propagation on both the higher HF bands (15, 12 and 10m) and the VHF bands of 6, 4 and 2m. I suppose this was ideal for this weekend which was the Worked All Europe DX Contest. However, myself, I made a few CW contacts with EO25UA, EO25UD, ZS9AZ and EM25HQ to name a few. I also collected a few contacts on JT65.
Also, a friend of mine – Stefan, DO2JAX, has been operating from a holiday location as OZ/DO2JAX. After a week I managed to work him yesterday on 14.317.5MHz. H ewill be active from this location until the 19th August so, if you hear him, give him a call. He is only operating SSB but can be found on all bands at different times.
Till next time.
73 DE M0CVO