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!