Lab599 Discovery TX-500 Review

The Lab599 Discovery TX-500 is an all-mode transceiver that is perfect for portable use. The TX-500 is light weight, resistant to moisture and can safely operate in less than desirable conditions.

The sharp monochrome display is clear in sunlight or low light. Low receive consumption extends battery life and operating time. The Discovery also includes an integrated spectrum analyzer for easy signal detection.

Julian OH8STN is one of the hams I follow on YouTube. His outstanding videos cover topics I am interested in. Today Julian offers his opinion of the Discovery TX-500.

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How to Update the Xiegu G90 Firmware and Comments

Xiegu G90 SDR Transceiver

Reviews seem to suggest that the Xiegu G90 is a fairly good Chinese HF transceiver. The G90 received an impressive 4.6 out of 5 rating from 33 reviews posted at eham.net.

With an SDR structure, internal antenna tuner, flexible transceiver settings, highly configurable bandwidth filters and 20 watts of power, the Xiegu G90 is attractive at its price point.

My thinking is that the G90 might be suitable for my Parks on the Air operations, Field Day and other events. My primary concern would be the 15 second FT8 duty cycle and how the finals would hold up. I’d like to hear from you if you have used the G90 with FT8.

The Xiegu GSOC Controller / Panadapter

Just for the sake of mentioning it here, the new Xiegu GSOC external controller / panadapter is, in IMHO out of the question. I am not sure if the GSOC has been released in the U.S. yet but the suggested $500 list price sure scared me off. Here’s a link to a YouTube video with a quick view of the GSOC display.

Coupling the GSOC with the G90 would lead me right back to ordering a second ICOM IC-7300 for my portable operations. When comes to the GSOC, judge it for yourself.

Updating the G90 firmware is not exactly straightforward. The firmware has to be updated separately in the display head and main body. The firmware can be downloaded from various places.

I found the firmware, terminal program (yes… a terminal program) and necessary drivers on Xiegu.eu site in zip format. Some of the sites have downloads in the .rar format which requires 7Zip software on Windows. As of this post, the latest G90 firmware version is 1.74.

Here’s a video of the procedure to follow from YouTube. The video covers firmware version 1.73 but the procedure is exactly the same.

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Icom IC-705 approved by FCC: pricing and availability update

According to information found on SWLing Blog, the ICOM IC-705 finally has a release date and pricing information.

Icom ic-705

The long awaited ICOM IC-705 had finally been approved by the FCC and is soon to be sold in the USA. The price of the transceiver is about what I expected it to be.

From The SWLing Blog: Icom IC-705 approved by FCC: pricing and availability update

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