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Xiegu G90 (repost in own thread)

Discussion in 'CB and Export Equipment and Accessories' started by magnuman, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. magnuman

    magnuman Well-Known Member

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    I know this is an Amateur set but posting here for the benefit of those, like me that are stuck on CB!

    The best 10m radio out there (as well as 12,15, 18, 20, 40 and 80 et al)
    Still working my way thru the radio. With the make shift antennas I have here in NZ it works very well. How it copes with the 5el beam at 120ft is another question. RF gain is an attenuator, pre amp or nothing but it works OK. DNR I have yet to see. The receive on the ham bands is the surprising thing. The signals are easily copied at low levels. There is noise but the signals get over it. I do use head phones. The tuner works everywhere without the mod so can be used for SWL as well. That was the key to some bright spark working out where to look for the 'MARS' mod. I have not removed the diode yet but I will. Mike did his and proved it works. This thing has a lot of potential with future firmware upgrades. It has an element of fun about it that other radios like the FT891 don't possess due to their complexity. There is a lot to say about simplicity. Not sure if I like the noise blanker yet or not. I tend to leave it off. Definitely needs to be set up before using!
    Re SWL I must say I was not impressed as I ran thru 9 and 12 mhz looking for signals. Perhaps there just wasn't a lot about? AM broadcast sounds nice on internal speaker and 5khz bandwidth. The chassis could have been made a bit lighter. The panel that the speaker is attached to is several mm thick. It sure is solid. Also if anyone comes up with a bail it needs one. I have rubber feet on mine for now but it won't work too good sitting on a rock or a patch of grass.
    I will be sticking it in my pack and heading for that perfect coastal location or up the mountain somewhere with a lightweight inverted V or two. The tuner seems to be able to take care of everything I have thrown at it so far.

    The knob issue? A quick press. I have to use my finger nails or else I get a long press which does nothing.
    Hence the issue, "the buttons don't work."
    They do; but more of a touch than a press.

    TBH a lot of the button functions could all be done from the function knob because you don't tent to fiddle with the radio much once you are talking on it.



    I will be very very surprised if you don't really really like this radio.

    Like all SDR's if you have strong stations nearby it can get affected but the tuner is there to work as a passband filter when required.

    Can't wait to hear your opinion. You will either love it or hate it. No middle ground here.

    Leave the firmware that the radio came with for a while as you get used to how the radio works. Ver 1.6 is fine. That's the way ours came.

    Cheers,
    Dave
     

  2. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    You say AM broadcast sounds good at 5khz. Is that per side band and 10khz total?
     
  3. binrat

    binrat WDX Club Coordinator
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    Problem is, XYL will make me sell an Elecraft radio for funds for it. Tempted.
     
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  4. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    It does look cheap so it's easy to lie about. :sneaky:
     
  5. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Just save more pennies to get it? Maybe let her buy something first? Maybe buy it for her and then when she doesn't want it, it's yours?
     
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    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Does this mean that the price on the icom 715 will come down now? Haha
     
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    binrat WDX Club Coordinator
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    She is a licenced ham so.... But she would rather have another fishing pole, hmm buy a pole for her and let a radio in the house.
     
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    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Um... Does the fishing pole cost as much as the radio?
     
  9. binrat

    binrat WDX Club Coordinator
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    Her last one was 790 cdn.... :(
     
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    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Ya gotta do what you gotta do. Does she have a sister? Haha!
     
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  11. magnuman

    magnuman Well-Known Member

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    5khz overall.
    Max bandwidth is 5500khz
     
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  12. 543_Dallas

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    I foresee some disappointed cbers if the AM performance is comparable to ham rigs of the 80s. If the max bandwidth on TX is 5.5 khz a fresh out of the box cobra 29 may sound better.
     
  13. magnuman

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    Am doesn't seem to be its strong point, but then I am not much of an AM user at best.
    I am surprised at the lack of SW AM stations this thing picks up. Matbe they just aint about anymore for all I know.
     
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    There are a lot fewer stations now... and propagation really stinks lately. Check out the 43m band for pirate radio stations weekend nights. 6925 thru 6955 USB is a good place to start.
     
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    How well does the built in antenna tuner work??

    Anyone know what it's limits are? Like 5:1 3:1 10:1?

    Will it tune an endfed?
     
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