The new Xiegu X6100 portable HF transceiver: Yes, it’s real and no it’s not vaporware

It seems folks are now finding out about the new Xiegu X6100 HF & 6 meter portable transceiver.

There have been a few rumors about it, so I thought I’d share some of the few details that have been confirmed.

What is the X6100?

If the Xiegu X5105 and Xiegu GSOC had a baby, it would look like the X6100.

The X6100 is a completely self-contained SDR QRP transceiver much like the X5105. The X6100 sports a 4″ high-resolution color capacitive touch screen and is built on on a quad-core processor, 4G ROM, and 512MB RAM. I assume this will run on a similar Linux version/distro as the GSOC.

The X6100 will include an internal automatic antenna tuner (ATU) and a 3500 mAh internal rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack.

Power output will be 5 watts when using the internal battery pack and 10 watts when connected to an external power source.

Key features:

  • Modes: USB/LSB (J3E), CW (A1A), FM (F3E), RTTY (F1B), AM (A3E)
  • Receiving: 0.5MHz~30MHz, 50MHz~54MHz
  • Transmitting: 1.8~2.0MHz, 3.5~3.9MHz
    5.3515~5.3665MHz 7.0~7.2MHz 10.1~10.15MHz 14.0~14.35MHz 18.068~18.168MHz 21.0~21.45MHz 24.89~24.99MHz 28.0~29.7MHz 50~54MHz
  • External voltage range : 9.0~15.0VDC
  • Integrated SWR meter
  • Voice and CW memory keying
  • Integrated modem
  • Native Bluetooth and WiFi functionality (easy keyboard and mouse connectivity)
  • Two USB interfaces supporting HOST and DEVICE
  • Standard high stability TCXO
  • 24bit sampling rate and “large dynamic RF front-end unit”
  • Ruggedized chassis and backlit buttons
  • Maximum current consumption in receive: 550mA

Early Product Sheet

I’ve also been sent a pre-production product brochure. This has a number of details and, as you’ll see, it even hasn’t been through a final edit.

Click here to download the preliminary Xiegu X6100 product brochure (PDF).

Pricing and availability

Pricing and availability have not been determined at time of posting. I will post an update when that information can be confirmed.

I can only assume bringing this new radio to fruition will take time. Most radio manufacturers are struggling to keep up inventory levels as we work our way out of the C-19 pandemic supply chain issues. Parts availability has become a real issue.

29 thoughts on “The new Xiegu X6100 portable HF transceiver: Yes, it’s real and no it’s not vaporware”

  1. G7VFY. 550mA on RX. So, that battery won’t last too long.

    Well, it should give the IC-705 a run for it’s money. I am kinda hoping Android apps can be installed too. Perhaps Yaesu and Kenwood could wake from their slumber?

  2. Me too! I also hope it doesn’t have any of the CW latency issues of the GSOC.

  3. So that is a maximum number in receive. Battery life will be a very important factor, though, and I’m not sure how much we’ll be able to lower the max number with a capacitive touch screen.

  4. Wonder if UK version will come with 7.1 to 7.3 MHz?
    Definitely looks interesting. But when will they make something that’s weatherproof?

  5. The parts issue is real. Elecraft kx line is now 4-6 wks from 3-4. Seems to be getting worse not better. I keep hearing 3rd 4th qrtr improvement.

  6. For a small fee I would be glad to “translate” their marketing materials into commonly accepted English…

  7. Thanks for the breaking news, Thomas!

    I must say, I am skeptical of Xiegu announcements after the GSOC debacle. Sizzle but no steak with that one.But I’m willing to be convinced with hands-on tests. I hope yiu can get one to review when they’re ready.

    73,

    Frank
    K4FMH

  8. ….and like EVERY other Xiegu product, they’ll probably release it with ridiculously buggy firmware and expect their customers to do the beta-testing for them. It took some considerable time for them to get the X5105 firmware right, similarly with the G90. (Let’s not even go into the GSOC shambles.) Both these radios are now excellent and I own both BUT it’s taken two years to get them to a stable state… I sincerely hope Xiegu hold back on the release of this radio until they’ve actually tested the firmware fully.

  9. I sure hope this does not have truncated CW like the X5105 had.

    Wake up Elecraft…you need to be looking into a KX4 with a spectral display.

    Barry, KU3X/QRP

  10. If modem translates to internal sound card then it could be a viable alternative to the 705 for those of us who like to use data modes at a more affordable price point. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.

  11. I’ve found that I can do as many as four activations on one X5105 battery charge. In fact, I’m heading out this morning to do the fourth activation on a full charge I did in mid May. My last activation was over 1.5 hours long. I’m impressed!

    Cheers,
    Thomas

  12. Indeed. The GSOC was a let-down. I do hope this radio is more polished and properly tested out the door.

    Cheers,
    Thomas

  13. I sold my X5105 but I could work for at least 5 hrs portable, perfect for an afternoon. I miss it but don’t get much of a chance to operate portable much these days so no point having it sitting around and now I use the fabulous FT-891 for portable use because when I get the chance I just want to make contacts a lot easier with the limited time that I have.

    The X5105 did overload easy on 40 and 80m at night which meant turning the gain down a lot but wasn’t an issue working portable during the day. Firmware was an issue at times, full of bugs and this is the worst about Xiegu, same as the G90.

    The X5105 also has an irritating hiss with headphones which makes using it via headphones to me impossible.

    I used a EFHW 49:1 UNUN which allowed me several bands without a tuner and this allowed me to get all 5 watts out as much as possible as SWR was around 1.4 – 1.5 max which is important with QRP, so I think EFHW is great for QRP because it offers better NVIS which is what you need, to maximise signal to contacts over a few hundred miles. But the tuner in the X5105 allowed me to make some contacts on non resonant bands. You do need a decent length of coax which acts as the counterpoise.

    I think the 6100 if it has a proper waterfall and good stable firmware will sell well but I might end up considering this instead, it looks simply amazing and comes from the Russian malachite team. http://qrp.visair.ru/?#

    You can guarantee the performance of that Russian radio will be far superior.

    But Thomas, I will be looking forward to your review, I enjoy your youtube videos !

  14. It’s not in production yet, but when it is you’ll be able to purchase it from all of the Xiegu distributors, I’m sure. I would not expect this to ship until much later this year. Manufacturers are having difficulty getting parts.

  15. Tempted with little beaut..
    Reading the posts with interest.
    If there is a mailing list put me on it for the updates.

  16. I’m thinking this is a typo?

    3.5~3.9MHz
    7.0~7.2MHz

    Instead of 3.999 or 4.0, 7.299 or 7.3.

  17. This is going to be a path breaker radio. Is it time to shift from ICOM, Yaesu and Kenwood?. Let’s wait for the release of the actual machine. My 817nd is 16 years young and needs a little more modern companion.

    73
    Vu3mes Satyan

  18. I can only hope they invoke the 2 items needed to stay on top of the charts.
    1. Same reliability as X5105 but pump those same finals up to 10 watts.
    2. A waterfall display bigger than G90.
    73 de k2gk

  19. Has anyone had firmware corrupted due to power failure on a sdr? Just curious . The 40 meter band stopping at 7.2 mhz is a big issue. Software fix for that?

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