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Categories | QRP Radios (5 watts or less) | Xiegu X5105 Help

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LNXAUTHOR  Rating: 4/5 Apr 20, 2019 19:07  Send this review to a friend!
a new breed of radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
welcome to a new breed of radio for the amateur community; the X5105, which is at the time of this writing exclusively distributed by MFJ with a two-year warranty, represents an intial entry and toe-hold into the last-bastion niche domestic market held by Elecraft - watch out, Elecraft!

you'll get the 5W transceiver, a USB programming/Cat cable, manual, sticker, mic head, mic cable, and power cable in the box

some basics: 160-6m coverage in various modes; internal tuner; internal Li-ion good for ~8 hrs; 100 memories; large monochrome LCD w/brightness/contrast controls; ACC, data, headphone, amplifier, mic jacks, etc.

some things i found interesting:

- direct access to 1st IF via sma jack on side - good for a freeware panadapter w/an RTL-SDR USB
- updateable firmware
- psk decoding
- scan sweep w/monitoring
- swr sweep, handy for antenna adjustment

if you want CAT control, simply plug in the supplied USB cable into your 'puter and rig, then choose 'ICOM IC-7200' in flrig, etc. - you'll get PTT and all essential controls; for psk, use the CE-19 interface sold by MFJ or custom cables from that evil 'net auction place, or get a NUE-PSK

is this rig perfect? nope, but the manufacturer obviously wants to be a player, and has released at least two firmware updates in the last six months to add many new features

is this rig an Elecraft killer? no, i don't think so, and the X5105 certainly doesn't have the mind-boggling display and available customizations of the RS-918

but the FCC approval/acceptance, along with the ARRL's positive April 2019 review means that this rig is going to be popular - snag one if you can
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