Greetings Amateur Radio Enthusiasts & the like!
There’s something noble about the ham who has all home brew gear. I certainly aspire to learn more and more each day in this hobby, but sometimes I just don’t think i’ll catch up fast enough to those who have been in the hobby for 30+ years! If you are one of those… consider yourself lucky! I think that would have been neat to see how amateur radio has developed over the years, although some of the technology may still be the same believe it or not! One day I hope to have an old shiny transceiver from either the WWI or WWII era, but until then, my Baofeng will just have to do! LOL!
Speaking of Baofeng’s, this past week I have spent the majority of my time on VHF on a local repeater (N5OAK) here in Austin, TX (147.320 PL Tone 114.8, EchoLink Node 7448), I met a great group of guys on there that have been really helpful, they have a net every Thursday night @ 8PM (CST) called the GeekNet, although I may not always be the most talkative in the group, I check-in, and usually there’ll be someone talking about some antenna issue they’re having, so I’ve been picking up experience that way too. I’ve since discovered that the J Pole in my attic isn’t serving me so well after all, so I’m going to make some adjustments and attempt to put it outside (if I can conceal it well enough). If not, I’m considering building a moxon antenna to get some gain, but then I believe I’d lose the 70cm. To be honest, UHF doesn’t seem to be so active, and the traffic that I usually do find is being crossbanded over to VHF.
I’ve been active so much on VHF in the last couple weeks that I’ve been swapping my 2m radio in & out of my truck when I go on trips, because lets face it, my Baofeng can receive spotty reception when inside my truck, but the FTM-400 works wonders. Frankly I’m tired of swapping the radio in & out, so figured a second vhf/uhf radio would be a good idea.
(Excuse me for a second while I have a conversation with myself)
Wait a second (voice inside head)…
You just spent your left arm & your soul on the FTM400DR, and you want to get another radio? (still voice inside head)
Go ahead and slap yourself…
Maybe I should sell some of the stuff I have…
(End conversation with self)
And then this little device popped up in my head: