Category Archives: Transceiver Accessories

SANTIAGO 1200 STILL AVAILABLE

 Photo: Page from Sirtel Catalogue

The Santiago 1200 is very well known model antenna that has been around for many many years. I am in the CB for over 40 years and that model exists as long as I can remember. I have no idea who the original manufacturer was. All popular models in this industry have been copied and copied again.

SIRTEL
Certainly for the last  20 years, every one thought the Sirtel Santiuago 1200 was the original model. But as I wrote before, I can not be sure about that. But since some time the Sirtel model is not available anymore. There are stories in the market, but I could not find a person to tell the true story until now. What I do know is following:

COOPERATION
Around 15 years ago some antenna manufacturers decided to cooperate more closely. The Italian companies, Sirtel, Mantova, Sigma and Lea combined forces to attack the European market. That went well for some time, but few months ago the doors of the factory closed. Some people think there will be a re-tart, but others doubt this.  Honestly, I have no idea what will happen.

SANTIAGO 1200
The most popular models from the factory were the Mantova base antenna and the Santiago 1200. No need to be disappointed because there are still several Santiago 1200 or S1200, or SS1200 on the market. As I wrote in the beginning, many factories copied this model. It is copied so many times that we do not know anymore from who the original is. It also does not mean that the copies are from less quality. Sometimes copies can better than the original.

At Avera we have two different and equal Santiago 1200 models  for sale. So for those who still want the Santiago 1200 , no need to be sad – the antenna is still on the market.

Photo: Detail of Santiago 1200

DELTA DFC100 WIRELESS FREQUENCY COUNTER

 Photo: Delta DFC100

Last time i introduced the Delta M2 Desk Microphone. This post is about the Delta DFC100 wireless frequency counter from the same company.

BACK PANEL
Although the DFC100 is called a wireless frequency counter it can also be used as a regular wired counter. On the back panel are 4 connecting possibilities.
Two pieces SO-239 connectors for direct connecting to a transceiver and antenna. Next to these is the slot to connect  a 12 Volt DC source.
Last but not least is the connection for the antenna for wireless measurement of the frequency from a transceiver. This antenna is included in the gift box and has a length of approx. 62 cm.

FRONT PANEL
The display reads the frequency in the range from 0.5 – 50 MHz in blue LED’s. On the left hand side is a switch to select wireless measurement on/off. On the right hand side is the general on/off switch.

POWE SUPPLY

Photo : KIM KE600

Manufacturer Delta is based in the USA. In the gift box is a USA 110 Volt AC/DC adaptor. For operation in Europe is is necessary to use a 12 Volt DC adaptor with EU plug. When we used a switching power supply it resulted in a ‘noise’ in the receiver. Maybe this was a one time event.
When using a very cheap KIM KE600 adaptor there was no noise to be heard.

CONCLUSION:
The Delta DFC100 wireless frequency counter is a good counter, easy to use. The extra option for wireless measurement of the transmitted frequency can come in handy.
Do not forget to use a good functioning 12 Volt DC adaptor.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Below is a part of the user manual that shows the specifactions for the Delta DFC100 Wireless Frequency Counter.

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DELTA M2 DESK MICROPHONE

M2 Chrome Product and Packing Photo

Photo: Delta M2 Microphone – CHROME version

After many years in CB business it is a pleasure to be happily surprised seeing a new accessory for the CB market. Unpacking the Delta M2 base mike really gave me that warm feeling again.

GOLD AND CHROME
There are 2 version for M2 available:  Delta M2 CHROME  and Delta M2 GOLD.
Both types are exactly the same, just a different color. And ofcourse the gold version is more expensive than the chrome version.

M2Gold Product and Packing Photo

Photo: Delta M2 Microphone – GOLD version

These 2 brand new models come from USA. They come with the standard USA 4-Pin CB connector and the common Cobra/Uniden/President wiring. For the 6-Pin President radio’s we have an adaptor or an adaptor cable to convert a 4-Pin microphone to a 6-Pin radio without any soldering. Check the list of the accessories that are mentioned in the product description of these 2 microphones on our website.

Like most base microphones the amplifier in the M2 microphone needs a 9 Volt battery. That is not included in the packing to prevent damage from a leaking battery.

But that are just some technical details. Looking at this product made me happy. It looks a bit old fashioned, but it also looks robust and elegant at the same time. It is simple and technical, it is a combination of many other products that i saw in 40+ years in this business.  It is a microphone you like to have in front of you, a pleasure for the eye, you have a horse to do the ‘heavy job’. Although there are not many CB users that think talking is a difficult job.

FEATURES
The M2 is an amplified dynamic desk microphone. On top of the housing you find the controls for Tone, Modulation, the Push To Talk button with lock function, a LED for TX and a VU_meter showing the power of the modulation. On the microphone stand is a switch to turn the microphone on or off. The head of the microphe can be turned backwards or forewards depending on the preference of the user.

A quick test learned that the Delta M2 delivers a very strong and good audio signal. And to be honest, we did not expect something different from this master piece. It is not a cheap product but it feels like a privelige to use this microphone and use it.

M2Gold Side View Photo

M2 Chrome Side View Photo

 

PALOMAR MICROPHONE SL41

 Photo: The Palomar SL41 comes in a beautiful packing

THE BRAND PALOMAR
In the “old” days Palomar was a world famous brand in the world of CB and 10 meter. Most famous were the high quality products like linear amplifiers. From most famous brand names the ownership changed during the years. Also Palomar switched from owner. Until last year Mr Eric Lewis (USA) claimed back the name that his father, the founder of Palomar,  had made great in the past. Palomar is now back to the roots of the Lewis family.

MICROPHONE SL41
The Palomar SL41 was introduced few weeks ago. It is a new technical concept for an electret microphone. Inside the housing is an alkaline battery that powers the microphone.

Photo: inside the housing is an alkaline battery

In Europe most CB’s have a 6-pin wiring and one of the pins supplies the voltage to the electret microphone. In USA most CB’s have a 4-Pin Uniden/Cobra wiring without a voltage supplied to one of the pins. That is why the battery is operated with an alkaline AAA battery.

ADAPTER CONNECTOR OR CABLE
For testing we connected the SL41 to a President Johnson-2. We have 2 very handy items to connect a 4-Pin Uniden/Cobra wired microphone to a 6-Pin President wired transceiver.

Photo: Adapter 4-Pin USA to 6-Pin President

C4PDF6 = Adapter, Converts 4-Pin Male to 6-Pin Female with Magnum DeltaForce/President Wiring.
CABLE 0008 = Microphone Adaptor Cable 4-Pin Male to 6-Pin Female with Uniden/President Wiring.
 

Photo: Uniden Adapter Cable 4-Pin Uniden to 6-Pin President

For the audio quality it made no difference whatever we used, the Adapter connector or the adapter cable.

 TEST RESULT
First we tested the dynamic microphones RoadKing RK56 and Astatic 636. As these are dynamic types we were not surprised the quality was not so good on the electret type radio Johnson-2.

The Palomar SL41 is an electret type and it  gave a much better performance than the original microphone from Johnson-2.

To finish the test we connected a RD104 (Red Devil) and the DM104M6B4B. These are amplified microphones. The audio quality and the level of volume had not much difference with the Palomar SL41. That is a remarkable good result.

I heard many good reviews from Palomar SL41 and the only thing I can say now: “TESTED AND TRUE”.

SPECIFICATIONS OF SL41:
The Palomar SL41 combines modern engineering and technology with time-tested design to provide the professional driver with the ultimate noise-cancelling microphone.

    • Classic Rugged Design
    • Active Circuit Microphone with Noise Cancelling Electret Element
    • 6 Conductor, Dual Shielded Cable – Custom Palomar Made Cable
    • 16″ Coiled Cable Section – Stretches to 9′
    • Over 1 Year Battery Life from Single AAA Battery
    • AAA Battery Included – Factory Installed
    • Industrial Grade Push-to-Talk Switch
    • Dual Mount – Machined Aluminum Button + Hanger
    • Wired for 4-Pin CB Radios

If you are interested in more technical information please read the document Technology and Design.

Photo: The Palomar SL41 – View from 4 sides