The State of Local D-STAR and My Reflections

Having worked with D-STAR on my ICOM ID-880H for a month, here are my initial observations and reflections about D-STAR, and if it’s right for me. One of the main reasons I purchased this radio was to participate in digital D-STAR on the local repeaters.  The closest repeater to me at 9.7 miles is KC3FHC…

Programming D-STAR on the ICOM ID-880H

There are those out there who have mastered the intricacies of the ICOM menu system.  I’m not one of them. Having tried and failed to get my ID-880 talking on D-STAR, I purchased a $20 USB programming cable (eBay).  I then installed both CHIRP and ICOM programming software, downloaded & saved the current radio program. …

New Base Antenna – Diamond X300A Dual Band

The most important part of my home amateur radio station is finally in place!  Here is my Diamond X300 antenna, installed about 5 feet above the roof, top of the antenna at 56 ft above sea level.     Click thumbnail to view full size image

Dusted Off the Kenwood TM-V7A

I am making plans, and a big one is to get a Diamond X300A antenna on the roof (already purchased, sitting in the corner waiting for the weather to clear). It is a result of careful research, planning and finding the right antenna for me, at the right price. Another plan is to get into…