TX Factor

Episode 22

In this show we look at two new radios: the Yaesu FTdx 101 hybrid transceiver, and the Icom IC-R8600 receiver. Pete Sipple M0PSX visits the RSGB Convention 2018, and Bob ventures into the controversial world of Network Radio. In our free-to-enter draw, there’s a chance to win five great amateur radio-related items: four books from the RSGB including the RSGB Yearbook 2019 and the new 5W, dual-band hand held transceiver from Yaesu, the FT-4X.

Totally Conventional - TX date 7th December 2018

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Show Notes for Episode 22 (TXF022)

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RSGB Convention

The RSGB convention in 2019 takes place 11th, 12th and 13th October and is generously sponsored by Martin Lynch and Sons.

You can see videos of some of the key lectures from the 2018 convention at


Network Radio

Network radio is a subject that has caused a fair amount of controversy within the amateur community. Find out more about the radios available at www.hamradio.co.uk

There is also a very useful introduction to the subject at



See the full specs of the Icom IC-R8600 Wideband Communications SDR Receiver and download the manual and the promotional leaflet at 


Our Amazing Free-to-enter Draw

The prize package for this episode’s free prize draw included the following books from the RSGB bookshop:

RSGB Yearbook 2019

Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur

60 Antennas – you will want to build!

The Voices – Spying and Radio Warfare during the Cold War

Just a few of the titles from the massive array of radio related books and other amateur radio related items at


Martin Lynch and Sons has kindly donated a Yaesu FT-4XE handie as part of our bumper prize pack. For the full specs of this amazing value dual-band radio see


Suffolk Red

If you were inspired by our feature on Suffolk Red and would like to attend the next event or perhaps see how you could organize something similar in your area you will find all the information at www.suffolkred.co.uk


This exciting new radio made its debut at the 2018 Hamvention in Xenia, Ohio in the USA and as of December 2018 one you see in our feature was the only one in the UK It’s due to be released in the early part of 2019, so what we have here is just a sneak preview. There are no specs or leaflets available at the moment.

As soon as it’s released we’ll bring you a full in-depth review.


amsat-uk.org is the place to get all the latest news from the exciting world of satellites where the range of sats available for amateur communication is growing all the time!

For a fully detailed PDF fact sheet of episode 22 (TXF022) show-information click here