Hello Operators. Many of you have eagerly awaited the release of the x6100 from Xiegu. I thought this update received on 18th December would be interesting to a global audience. Don’t forget to check my notes at the bottom of this message.
X6100 CE Certified and Batch 2 in Production
Xiegu has informed us that the new and exiting X6100 finally has been CE Certified and now can be delivered to the EU. Production is at full steam and we aim be to deliver all current pre-orders (up til now) in early January. With courier delivery you should have your CE certified X6100 in mid January.
As the holiday is getting close we will start collecting payments for pre-orders now. If you have a pre-order you can also go to you order (see confirmation email for order number) and pay for the order right away. Pre-orders not paid for on Dec 30 will be bumped to the next possible delivery without notice.
As you might have noticed there are reports online that some dealers (internet dealers from China?) have been delivering X6100 units to customers. These are units from the first limited production batch, delivered before there was CE certification available. We are delivering units only from the second CE certified batch. This means you will get units with the latest software and hardware.
To get more information or purchase your X6100, check out Xiegu EU https://oh8stn.net/3paZS3I
Box 38071, 100 64 Stockholm, Sweden
Firstly huge thanks to Pileup for keeping us updated about this radio. It was a short update, but very informative. Here’s what I’m thinking, and why it might be important outside of Europe as well.
The fact that pre-certification models were sent out from Chinese Distributors early on, I wonder if the current YouTube reviews and blog posts should be taken with a grain of salt!? From our experience with the G90 and the x5105, we know these radios get better with time. I love my x5105 and G90, so there’s no doubt Xiegu will get the x6100 squared away. The CE certification says much about the work going on in the background. Hardware, software and firmware updates are quietly being done to meet certification requirements. This is great news!
Like some of the other YouTube ham radio channels, I was also offered one from a Chinese distributor early on. I passed on that offer, which now seems like a good decision! It also seems like being “First” on YouTube or blogs doesn’t necessarily guarantee the best information about the final production model of the x6100. I have no desire to be first. Providing the best information is a much nicer reward.
If you are tempted (as I was) to be an early adopter consider this. When we buy from eBay, Alibaba or any of these places where the early models are being sold by Chinese distributors, we may not be getting a CE certified version. As mentioned in the update, there are significant hardware and software differences between the CE Certified version and the ones being sold by Chinese sellers. Take the risk if you want to, or not. With this kind of investment, a better choice could be waiting for the CE or FCC certified versions, with the latest hardware, software and firmware updates.
Why I pre-ordered the x6100
My x6100 is on pre-order and has been for some time. As a potential low-cost alternative to the Icom IC-705, I believe there’s going to be huge interest in this radio. Many operators are willing to sacrifice 2 meters and 70 cm, for a much more attractive HF/6M only price point. I get that and don’t see any flaw in the strategy.
CE Certification & FCC Certification
It’s refreshing to see Xiegu working hard to get through CE Cert- getting the production version of the x6100 ready for the world. I’m quite stoked about it. The early CE Certification will provide a very welcome push for Xiegu who seems to be targeting potential Lab599 TX500 and Icom IC-705 customers. Xiegu might also be poking its finger straight in the eye of Elecraft as the KX2 and KX3 get long in the tooth. With that said, I do wonder about FCC certification for North America. I have not found any FCC applications yet. I imagine Xiegu is quietly strategizing the FCC cert- in the background. Have any of you heard anything?
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