Automatic Antenna Switch for ICOM IC-7300

Since the ICOM IC-7300 transceiver came on the market one of the wish list items for the rig is that it had more than one antenna socket.

The Funk Amateur website has recently introduced a kit which, through an external unit, provides the IC-7300 and most other ICOM rigs with the  facility to automatically switch between four antennas.

The FA-AS comes as a complete kit and makes it possible to connect four different antennas and to choose them automatically depending on the operating frequency. Operation and programming are simple and intuitive, the operating status is indicated with multi-colored LEDs. It is possible to operate with a separate transmitting and receiving antenna.

A separate socket is also provided for the connection of a transverter.

The FA.-AS can be controlled with the band voltage or via the CI-V interface of the Icom transceiver.

In addition to the circuit boards and the machined and printed housing, the kit contains all the components required for assembly. (Only wired components are used.)

The cost of the kit within the European Union is 115 Euro (which includes 19% tax)

Shipping costs to European countries is 15 Euro

Price for US and non-EU overseas countries is US $ 105

Te kit can be ordered from the Funk Amateur website prize draw at IberRadio 2017 promotional draw for IberRadio 2017

From September 1st through to September 17th, the second day of IberRadio 2017, every order with above € 75.00, has the opportunity to be entered into a draw for one of these three great gifts.

– EAntenna HEX6B, Antena Hexbeam 6 bands valued at 550 €
– EAntenna EADELTA7B, Delta Loop Antenna 7 bands valued at 230 €
– EAntenna DX7M, Vertical Antenna 6-40 meters valued at 182 €

Once you have made your purchase from , to be entered into the draw you will have to retweet on Twitter and / or share on Facebook the promotion image and the following:

@IBERRADIO @eantenna @HAMRADIO_ES #IBERRADIOEANTENNASORTEO (followed by you callsign)

All tweets and Facebook posts will be counted on the Sunday at 10 am, to make the draw on Sunday 17 at 11:30 am LIVE on FACEBOOK and an innocent hand of a child who is in the Hall of fair, will draw 3 tickets. Each winner will be notified once the draw so you do not have to be present at the event held.

For more information, please contact

InnovAntennas and MFJ Enterprises Announcement

InnovAntennas and Justin G0KSC have become well known in recent years for their innovative, quality antenna design.

They have just announced that a large part of their antenna range is to be made available through MFJ Enterprises, possibly with some modified models produced by MFJ designed to appeal to a market not currently met by InnovAntennas (this has been referred to elsewhere as the “mass-production area”).

The press release also indicates that new Yagi models will be released under the Hy-Gain and Cushcraft brands.

It is also understand that the former relationship between InnovAntennas and Force 12 has ceased.

MFJ / G0KSC Press release

MFJ Enterprises, 300 Industrial Park Rd, Starkville, MS 39759, USA and InnovAntennas Limited, Unit 1, Fitzherbert Spur, Farlington, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 1TT, United Kingdom

MFJ Enterprises a manufacturer of a broad range of products for the amateur radio industry specializing in station accessories, antennas and antenna tuner units and InnovAntennas Limited a designer and builder of modern computer optimized directional antenna systems, today announced a partnership which will increase the availability of InnovAntennas smaller antennas in addition to providing a new and up to date range of computer optimized directional antennas for Hy-Gain and Cushcraft, two of the legacy brands of MFJ Enterprises.

Justin Johnson G0KSC, owner of InnovAntennas Limited (a member of the International Ham Store Group) who is also a contributor to the ARRL Antenna Book 2016 provided the following statement.

‘’This is really exciting news for both companies. InnovAntennas have not been able to fully service the US market due to an inability to meet global demand. The MFJ facility in Starkville MS will be building some of the smaller antennas we produce under the InnovAntennas label and I have already visited the factory last year to established production methods using MFJ/Hy-Gain and Cushcraft tooling.’’

Justin continued by saying ‘’most of our popular models will be covered by MFJ, including the LFA (Loop Fed Array) Yagi and OWL (Optimized Wideband Low impedance). Additionally, new computer optimized and yet unreleased HF and VHF mono and multiband Yagis will be released through the Hy-Gain and Cushcraft brands, neither of which have released new Yagis in quite some time’’.

Justin Johnson G0KSC has become well-known for his innovative variants of the common Yagi which boast direct 50Ω feed points and low-noise patterns and feed arrangements. Dubbed the ‘urban antenna’ the LFA is well suited to city lots where noise prevents the hobby being as enjoyable as it once was. More recently, G0KSC has transitioned into HF multiband and monoband designs where he has embraced the compact ‘trap-less’ concept with the InnovAntennas CP-6 being an excellent example, providing 6 bands with a single feed in a package just 12’ by 28’.

It is expected that the first in this new line of antennas will be available by the spring of 2017 on a direct and distributor supply basis and it is advised that interest is place with MFJ Enterprises as soon as possible.

About IHSG

IHSG was formed in 2016 by three major ham and hobby radio companies in the UK, Nevada Group, Waters & Stanton and InnovAntennas. IHSG provides a one-stop-shop for the serious ham and hobbyist providing both the best equipment and solid, unbiased advice.

Contact any of our stores for further details or Email or for more information.

Sussex Electronics and Radio Fair – Sat 4 Sun 5 June 2016

Sussex Electronics and Radio Fair | MakingThings

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June 2016

Weekend Itinerary and Times      We are taking BOOKINGS now.
Following our encouraging inaugural event last year, SERF 2016 in Eastbourne, East Sussex, is now even bigger and better than ever!  The Sussex Electronics and Radio Fair has expanded into a TWO day weekend event and incorporates:
  • Plenty of Indoor and Outdoor Venue Space
    • Indoor (Main Hall), Workshops/Demo’s (Main Hall Room) | Range of Outdoor Stands, Larger Displays, Pitches, Vehicle Displays etc.
    • Free stand for Clubs, Societies, Groups, Associations, HackSpace, Education, Schools, Colleges and Universities.
    • Should you wish to attend for weekend, or just a single day (either), then this is fine.
    • Main hall will be locked and alarmed, out of opening hours, so you may safely leave your tables and stock secure.  Security persons onsite.
    • Exhibitors setup, and overnight accommodation, from Friday evening.
    • Indoor Workshop Room being built within the main hall for Demos, Talks, Workshops, Product Launches etc.  Interested in a slot?
    • Outdoor SERF Operating Station & facilities, open to all licensed operators.
    • Exhibitors access via the main SERF entrance.
  • MakingThings
    • This is a Sunday addition in parallel to SERF and is set to inspire young Engineers, Inventors and Designers.  We are looking for workshop projects/kits, not just electronic but general engineering products, robotics, multi-copters, modelling and other ideas. Lets get the kids MakingThings!
      e are looking for kind sponsors & equipment! (kits, soldering irons etc).
  • Camping, Caravanning and Motorhomes
    • With FREE use of changing rooms and showers. If you plan to stay in vehicle, not a problem.
  • Saturday Evening SERF Party and Social Time
    • Outdoor stage. Musicians welcomed to come along, enjoy, have fun  and jam!
  • Sunday Tabletop Boot Fair
    • In parallel to SERF.
  • Raffle Prizes and Prize Draw
  • FREE WiFi Internet Access
    • In Main Hall, Refreshment and Outside Areas.
  • Hot and Cold Refreshments.
    • Mouth watering Hog Roast Catering by Hoggits, with Bacon Breakfasts, including Veggie options. Delicious Home Made Ice Creams and Cakes.
  • Easy Access. FREE Parking, with Disabled Facilities

Check out our NEW website for full details and BOOK online NOW! or printout the PDF and post/email.

Bookings before 30th April will automatically get a 10% discount on all items.

As an exhibitor, if you book before April 30th, you are also being offered FREE weekend Camping, Caravanning or Motorhome stay, with any booking over three stands/pitches, or if you are an overseas exhibitor.  Please use coupon code: serf2016-exhstay

Should you not be able to attend, please would you be interested in providing any items which could be used in our Raffle and Prize Draw, or even look to sponsor us in some way?

We are also completely open to ideas which could help you and us, so if you have any special requirements, suggestions, feedback, needs etc.  Please let us know.

We look forward to meeting you all at SERF 2016.

Dave Williams, G8PUO, +44 78 0707 4538
The SERF Team.


Martin Lynch new store launch party 2015

Martin Lynch news tore launch party 2015

THIS SATURDAY! June 6th 2015

After 25 glorious years of business, Martin and his team recently moved to a brand new store in Staines-Upon-Thames near Heathrow.  The new building is not only Martin’s largest property to date, it’s also quite possibly the largest dedicated ham store in Europe, incorporating two floors of amateur radio fun!  Downstairs is the main shop/showroom, with plenty of space, many demo stations and a kettle that’s always on!  Upstairs is our all new state-of-the-art spacious service area, offices for the accounts department and the main man himself, as well as extra storage room and a meeting/conference room facility.

The official open day and launch party for the new store has now been confirmed as Saturday June 6th 2015.  On this date, ML&S will be having extra special in-store deals as well as free refreshments, hot dogs and burgers to create a real street party feel!

Martin will also be hosting extra special guided tours of the new place and there will be some extra special guests making an appearance throughout the day.

This is not to be confused with the annual ML&S Hog Roast, which will still take place towards the end of the year, but this Launch Party will be just as fun.

The store will be open from 8am until 4pm on June the 6th and everyone is welcome!

Black Country Radio Rally – Sunday 31 May 2015

The first “Black Country Radio Rally” will be held on Sunday 31 May 2015, at, The Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE

Doors open to the public at 09:30. Entry £2.

Parking., Amateur Radio Talk-In,. Special Interest Groups,. Bring & Buy, Trade.Stands, Catering,. Disabled facilities,. Raffle,. RSGB books.

Details:from Martin,

This is an event primarily aimed at the amateur radio community but available also to the general public who may wish to have a look-see and browse.

Ian Leitch, G0PAI, will have a fine selection of local West Midlands honey on sale at this event.