TX Factor

Episode 24

Episode 24 of TX Factor is a Hamfest 2019 special, reporting on some of the eye-catching products and services on display at this year’s event in Newark.

We investigate the current state of HF propagation, celebrate 50 years of Nevada Radio, Mike tries out a few solder stations, and Bob goes all soft over the VMARS vintage AM radios. And to cap it all, we take a look at the latest rig from Yaesu.

As always, there’s a chance to win a great bundle of prizes from our sponsors, ML&S and the RSGB.

We hope you enjoy the show!

Hamfest 2019 - TX date 30th October 2019

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Show Notes for Episode 24 (TXF024)

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Hamfest 2020 

Put the dates in your diary now for next year. Once again the show will take place at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Newark NG24 2NY on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September.

Regular updates at nationalhamfest.org.uk


Steve Nichols G0KYA has a fascinating blog at g0kya.blogspot.com featuring articles on antennas, propagation and more.

The RSGB has a wealth of information on its Propagation Pages  rsgb.org

These are maintained by the RSGB Propagation Studies Committee and contain a lot of useful information including links to the brilliant Propagation Prediction Tools mentioned in this episode.

Mike Devereux G3SED

Mike is of course the MD of Nevada Radio, but he also has his own home on the web which tells you about his on-air activity when he is enjoying the hobby as an operator, rather than as a retailer!  It contains some fascinating photos relating to some of the things we talked about in the interview including the Camel Trophy and the  DX-Expeditions he has been involved with. g3sed.com

Solder Stations and our free-to-enter draw

Find out more about the Hairui 9310D Solder Station and the Nano Morse Key which you can win in our free-to-enter draw and the rest of the range demonstrated in our feature by visiting the Martin Lynch and Sons website  hamradio.co.uk

The two useful construction books from the RSGB also up for grabs in our draw are just a tiny part of the huge range of Amateur Radio and technical publications available from the RSGB shop at rsgbshop.org


If you fancy owning, operating or even restoring some vintage radio gear then you should join the Vintage and Military Amateur Radio Society. It was set up in 1999 with key aims:

There are daily informal AM Nets on 80 metres and a more formal net every Saturday morning. There are also regular auctions for members which are a great place to acquire some classic kit! Find out more at vmars.org.uk

Yaesu FTDX-101D

There is a wealth of information on this exciting new HF radio, including the full specifications at yaesu.co.uk

For a fully detailed PDF fact sheet of episode 24 (TXF024) show-information click here