mcHF clones

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by KB3GXE, Feb 14, 2019.

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  1. KB3GXE

    KB3GXE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm very interested in the Recent RS-918 and supposedly the 2018 model has 1MB of memory allowing it to use the latest firmware.

    I see there are two new models, the RS-978 and the RS-958B, which have internal batteries.

    I heard there's a problem with the RS-928 Plus having a different oscillator which causes issues with firmware.

    Does anyone know which oscillator is in the 978 and 958B? I've tried contacting the MFG and eBay seller, but haven't gotten a response.

    Could anyone share their experiences with these radios?
     
  2. N2UJZ

    N2UJZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got an RS-918 with the battery from Mike K0JTA in the first week of December and I'm happy with it so far. I was about to get one from Ebay too but thought best to get a tested and set up unit, faster too. I have a 20M homebrew dipole on the porch and at first made a few SSB contacts. Updating the firmware using DFuse is easy. I also got the 1Mb version.

    About 10 days ago I finally got the drivers right to operate FT8/ digital and I'm pretty surprised by the results. 400 contacts, 17 countries with just 10W. It gets a bit warm doing FT8 full power not too hot though. On mine the F1/menu button sticks a bit. no big deal though. I also got a 2nd backup battery my batteries are external but 1 is 20Ah. -Justin
     
  3. AB2YC

    AB2YC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Bear in mind they are not Clones, but a ripped off design from the one who developed the mcHF.

    It's best to order the actual mcHF Here so the designer gets something for his efforts.
     
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  4. KJ6ZH

    KJ6ZH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I simply ordered a set of unpopulated boards from M0NKA for my RS-918.
    Boards will never be built / sold but I see it as my way of contributing to the effort.
     
  5. AE4LH

    AE4LH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Did you ever come across a review of the RS-958B? I am only able to find 918 reviews. Thank you.
     

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