I usually don’t have the chance to partake in tropo events, but tonight was my lucky night! Just so happened we were holding our Thursday night net with the N5OAK Amateur Radio Club, and afterwards the VHF Tropo Maps started lighting up like crazy! So a bunch of us hopped over to 146.520 tonight, and … More New record set on 2 meter FM – Tropospheric Ducting
Accomplished my first DMR QSO today with K5IMO (thank you Larry!) on the TG3184 (TalkGroup for the State of Texas). Thanks to KE5ZW & his DMR repeater located in Cedar Park, TX – 25 miles away, I was able to access the machine with the Connect Systems CS580. The local amateur radio club here in … More First DMR QSO!
My Yaesu FTM-400DR has had a difficult time ascertaining a GPS lock inside of my vehicle. Some others have also complained of this, but when my radio is in my 2nd story shack @ home, or if its out in the open during field day, it picks up a signal relatively fast (<30 seconds usually). I’ve … More Using a GPS Repeater Antenna with the Yaesu FTM400DR
This weekend I had the chance to checkout a high altitude balloon launch after noticing the following post over on the Reddit Amateur Radio Group: “The Baylor Amateur Radio club has been working with Josh Ward, a Baylor Staff member and balloon enthusiast, to develop a payload for a balloon launch. The payload includes 4 … More High Altitude Balloon Tracking
I just did a quick search on the internet, and the cheapest I was able to find a Kenwood PG-5F extension cable kit was $64.95…. Which by the way would come with an extra power cord, I wouldn’t even need. Wait, what? $65 dollars for some short lengths of cable and some ferrites & couplers? … More Kenwood TM-V71A DIY Extension Cable Kit
Ok, just about a year anyways, last November I purchased this Yaesu FTM-400DR from Ham Radio Outlet, just referenced my receipts, after the $100 rebate, total cost was $430, so I think I was off a bit in the video! Definitely not a cheap dual band radio, but it was my first dual bander, and … More Yaesu FTM-400DR 1 Year Review (Video)
Brandon (KG5CDP) was kind enough to allow me to be net control for our local VHF club here in Austin, TX. I jumped on the chance so I can get some practice in last night, and thought it might be cool to record the net too in the process (even though I messed up a … More Running a 2 meter Net Control
So I decided to throw the discone antenna back up this time in the attic, I suspended it from the rafters until I can get my j pole up. There was a minor geomagnetic storm this morning, and apparently VHF was even affected: Really enjoying the FTM-400DR, love the TFT touch screen. You can … More Having fun with Yaesu FTM-400DR
When all else fails and you can’t get on HF, then VHF never fails right? I hooked up my Baofeng UV5R5 to my discone antenna using alligator clips because I didn’t have the right PL259 adapter for the Baofeng. I finally figured out the whole PL tone thing with the Baofeng, that’s why I wasn’t … More First VHF contact today! I’m on a roll!