Boni-Whip mounting bracket

By popular demand, here are a few photos of the Boni-Whip mounting bracket. This bracket is completely made ​​of V2A stainless steel, made in Germany and fits for the GigActiv and the MegaLoop ML60 or ML200.

Included in delivery are: mounting plate, mini claw clip (20-40mm), U-bolts M6 for 28mm or 40mm mast, 2x M6 nut, 2x snap ring and 2x V2A screw.

The holder is sufficient in stock and can be shipped immediately. You can order the bracket here: LINK

 

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National Hamfest in Newark Images and Report

The national Hamfest went well, the weather was excellent and we had lots of fun. The new active antennas were received very well, the RadioJet 1305 sold extremely well and was sold out on Friday already. There were crowds at our stand and could have used a couple more people. I feel sorry for the people who didn’t feel like waiting. But I am glad that they will be very well taken care of by our main distributor Taylor Made RF. Chris and his crew supported me very well and I do hope that this partnership will continue for a long time.

It was clearly noticeable that Britain is coming out of its recession. People are more receptive to new products and are willing to invest a little more in their equipment. Hamrope, the second German exhibitor, as well as BHI and Kennwood were under the same impression.

As I was told in the hotel, Steve Nichols G0KYA (a very well known antenna expert and author) has tested the Boni-Whip and is enthusiastic about this small antenna. In his new publication “Stealth Antennas” he has included receiving antennas and will evaluate our MegaLoop ML200 and the GigActive 3005 shortly. My suggestion to offer PDF-updates to his book was met with enthusiasm. Let’s see what will come of it.

In the near future, there will be tests of our products in “RadioUser”, “Practical Wireless” and “RadCom

I also brought along something new and it will be exclusively available in Germany at BONITO in a few days:

The TS-990 keypad for the Kenwood TS-990.

A new Bonito product: The TS-990 Keypad.

A new Bonito product for the Kenwood TS-990: The TS-990 keypad: 8 buttons in a stylishly lasered acrylic box. The beautiful keypad made of laser-treated acryl has 8 buttons which can be controlled by the Kenwood TS-990. (How that is done is described in the Kenwood manual). Thus menu functions of the TS-990, e.g. switching antennas etc, can be controlled by these buttons. If, for example, you have only two antennas connected to your 990, you always have to go through all four buttons Ant1, Ant2, Ant3 and Ant4. But if you put only Antenna 1 and Antenna 2 on this keypad, you can switch forth and back very fast. This makes working with the TS 900 a lot easier. I already have such a keyboard in my office and I am waiting for the first delivery.

more Images will follow:

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New Bonito Products at UK Magazine RadioUser

The UK Magazine RadioUser shows our new Products we sell at the National Hamfest in Newark this weekend. You can have a quick look into this great magazin.

RadioUser News & Products September 2014

More Information about this Magazine can be found here: http://www.pwpublishing.ltd.uk/radio-users-latest-issue

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Designing a truly portable SDR Part 2

Ideas about a really portable SDR, part 2

Right away on Saturday morning, I installed the RadioJet software. With WebInstall that was really easy. The Microsoft Surface has no CD-R drive.

rj10Download2

After that I got everything ready for the first tests at home: folding table, Microsoft Surface Pro 2, RadioJet 1102S, a cheap USB 2.0 hub, power supply, Megaloop ML200 Antenna etc.

RadioJet-surface_teil1 RadioJet_Surface_back

The Megaloop ML200 active antenna was put up approx. 8 meters away from me on the wall of the carport. Continue reading

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New Booth at the National Hamfest 2014

You will find Bonito and Taylor Made RF on this years National Hamfest 2014 (September 26th & 27th) on the Booth 19-23 opposite Waters and Stanton. We hope that many Customers will visit us and see our new range of Hamradio and SWL Products.

I hope to meet London Shortwave over there and talk with him and other peoples about our Project “Designing a truly portable SDR

nationalhamfest 2014 Bonito booth

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Designing a truly portable SDR Part 1

Ideas concerning a real portable SDR Part 1

Background Story:
In his blog ‘Blog SWLing Post‘, Thomas Witherspoon published an article called ‘ Designing a truly portable SDR‘ by  London Shortwave. When I saw the picture, I only thought: “He can’t be serious! All these cables, the USB isolator, extra batteries, rod antenna etc will scare potential shortwave listeners away.


I was immediately reminded of a customer at the Dayton Ham Radio Fair with exactly the same surface tablet, but connected to a RadioJet 1102S. There was only one cable and everything was working smoothly. I posted a photo in my Dayton blog:

RadioJet 1102S on Microsoft Surface 2 in Dayton

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The galvanic isolator GI300

Based on a concrete example, I would like to show you what an enormous effect such a small part can have:

Bonitos galvanic Isolator GI300

The galvanic isolator GI 300 separates the path of the direct current between the outer shield of the coax cable and the shielding of the antenna feeding line in order to suppress interferences caused by potential differences. A small toroidal transformer is used for this purpose. Additionally, the inner conductor of the coax cable has been insulated with capacitors and coarse and fine voltage surge protection has been integrated.

Now, I would like to show you a short example in the long wave range (147 kHz):
The frequency is being received with a passive 2x15m dipole in Southern Germany. The receiver is a RadioJet 1102 connected to a notebook running on battery power.

Bonitos galvanic Isolator GI300 Screen 1 Continue reading

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Boni-Whip first comparison test

Right after sustaining the parcel and post in the newsroom, I made yesterday with the following test setup first tests in our workshop.

boni-whip vs mini-whip

Notebook, Receiver: RadioJet 1102S, Antenna Switcher: AntennaJet ASM300 (Ant 1 Boni-Whip; Ant 3 Mini-Whip), 2 Measuring leads to the junction boxes, which were operated with their analog power supplies, 2x 10 Meters RG58 with 2x BNC (ready assembled), 1x telescopic fiberglass poles from Spiderbeams. The mast is about 4 meters high and 25 meters from the house and about 7 meters away from the workshop. The Boni-Whip was equipped with the original 10 cm long radiator.

Mini-Whip147

Mini-Whip 147kHz. Signal -90db some noise. Continue reading

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