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…

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…

A Much-Needed Power Supply Upgrade – MFJ-4128 MightyLite

So I have been running my radio on a SLA battery with a 4A charger. Unfortunately the charger was introducing AC buzz noise into my transmit signal; guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I have a few small power supplies but they’re only good for a few amps at best. The bigger radio needs bigger power!…

QRZ Logbook – A Simple Option for QSO Logging

I was keeping track of new contacts on the amateur radio in a (notepad) text file. The limitations were becoming very obvious so I tried a few popular software downloads. All the software I tried do a whole bunch of things including looking up call sign details, QSL card handling, contesting, etc. But I am…

Breaking In The NOS Yaesu FT-2800M Radio

After running the little handheld for a while, and having not yet lost interest in playing radio, I felt it was time to step it up a notch. Several years back I picked up a Yaesu FT-2800M on clearance at HRO. At the time I intended to install in the car or maybe set up…