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UNIDEN SDS100 FOR USA MARKET

June 2018 Uniden USA hopes to introduce the new scanner Uniden SDS100 on the USA market. many scanner listeners are asking Avera when the European version of the SDS100 will be available in Europe.

Photo: Flyer of SDS100 for USA

UNIDEN SDS100EU (?)
The truth is that we can not tell at this moment, we are discussing this with the manufacturer Uniden Japan, but we can not give any information yet. Follow this BLOG ( subscribe) and for sure we will announce it on our Facebook page and Avera website homepage.

SDS100 USA VERSION
We had the pleasure to interview Paul from Uniden USA and ask him about the Uniden SDS100 for the USA market. Please watch the video, his voice is a bit crispy, he just had some surgerey, but he was willing to make this video with us. Thank you Paul for sharing with us!

Link to Avera video:

Video from 2nd party Vlogger, Radar Busters
Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zAdjX0sxC8&t=63s

SDS100 USA PRICING
The expected price for the USA market will be around USD 649 – USD 699.
Buying upgrades for DMR, ProVoice and NXDN will cost an other USD 170.
These prices are ecxluding the USA sales tax. In Europe most countries have a sales tax from around 15 – 22%.
As mentioned before, the Uniden SDS100 for USA will be available somewhere in June 2018.

SDS100 – NXDN
There is a lot of talking on internet about SDS100 for USA, the UBCD3600XLT for Europe and availability of NXDN. Often people refer to Whistler TRX-1 and TRX-2 as having standard TRX-1 and TRX-2 included.
Avera-Distributing is also talking with Uniden about adding NXDN to the European UBCD3600XLT. But Uniden has not deciced yet on how to do this.

The SDS100 has REAL NXDN trunk tracking while TRX-1 and TRX-2 do receive the frequenties but do not really provide the trunktracking. If there is low traffic it will be okay, but if there is a busy system you need a real trunk tracking system to be able to detect and follow the communications on such a trunk tracking system.

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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