Tag: Amateur Radio

More on DMR

I’m now wondering why I didn’t get on DMR sooner. Dear non-existent deity – was talking to a station in the Netherlands the other night. The Netherlands on a handie talkie. Of course this isn’t your NORMAL handie talkie.

I’m seriously loving this AnyTone AT-D878UV. The battery is the 3100 extended so I can run it most of the weekend without having to charge it.

And the fact it has Bluetooth as well as APRS and other things – for example it syncs up just fine with my Avantree Audition headphones. And get this – the headphones will also sync to both the handheld and the phone. So I can play my music and when the radio goes off it’ll override and put the music on pause. How fucking awesome is that?

Two Amateur Radio things

First – my FCC license expired back in April and I was fretting about what to do. You see I hold a amateur Extra class license and ragging rights I did the 20WPM code test element 1C.

Well color me surprised to find the call I’ve had since they started the vanity program began – they no longer charge $10 for the privilege. You just electronically file the form 605. Luckily I was in the grace period. In case you’re wondering what call is, I’m KD1S.

The other thing I did yet another handheld radio. This time I got the Anytone AT-D878UV. It is a dual-band analog and DMR radio. For $238 I got the radio, charging kit, programming cable and software and a $50 credit toward classes on BridgeCom. Because I note here in the Metro Atlanta area there’s literal shit ton of DMR radio. Can’t wait – the radio is nice, has bluetooth connectivity, even a GPS module in it. For the price you can’t go wrong.


A QSO per day

If I can I try to have one amateur radio contact per day. That’s what a QSO is. I also like operating QRP – low power. My QTH is Providence, RI. FN41GT which is my grid square location.

So there you have it amateur radio speak.

One thing about being a HAM

You end up on a lot of roofs. I was mentioning how we’d been up on top of Bradford House in Providence (It’s known I believe as Sister Dominica Manor) and on top of a college building putting up repeaters.

So we were asked if we’d like to see the setup on the roof. A picture was snagged of course I’m the 2nd from the right facing toward the church tower. The gentleman in the striped shirt he does the national weather service announcements you hear on 162.400MHz in these parts.

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Field Day 2018

So this year I’ll be visiting the PEMA field day activities. It should be interesting as I haven’t been to a field day exercise in many years.

Probably because I let my membership in W1AQ lapse. And I sort of went quiet in the hobby for some time. I mean the net and it’s fun sort of diminished the value of being on the radio as much.

But I find myself at least clipping the radio on my belt and listening. Occasionally throw my call out and talk to a few folks. I forgot how fun that can be.

I should go dig out my VE creds – they’re doing a test session but at 8AM on a Saturday is a little too early for me.

And I have already programmed in the simple frequency on my Yaesu VX-7RB: }
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Finally problem solved

So on my MD-380 I had put the New England code plug on it. But I noted nothing in RI was included – no zone, no repeaters nothing.

So put in a bunch of repeaters – except years of experience bit me in the ass. You see I had known for example that 449.225 here in RI used to have a CTCSS code of 67.0 – not anymore. It changed. I was wondering why I could hear conversations on the repeater but could never trip the repeater myself. Wrong CTCSS. Teach me to check the online repeater directory next time.

That’s been solved so now the Quahog Net aka N1JBC Net is active on my MD-380 and one of the nodes on the KA1RCI net – one in West Greenwich, RI which is roughly 25 miles from here. I get perfect coverage from that baby here in Providence – so on 5W PEP on 70cm band I can hit a repeater 25 miles away from where I am.

But then I shouldn’t be surprised – one place I lived I was on the fourth story of the building and I could easily hit the Boston based repeater some 45 miles away.

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Did my first EOC Staffing for Emergency Management

So this morning I did a couple hours at the Emergency Operations Center alternate over the police/fire/commissioner HQ. It was interesting first I hadn’t realized how many cameras were all over the city.

Second there were fire, police, PEMA, and three amateur radio people there.

Devil of a time getting a Kenwood TS-2000 to change it’s tuning increment so we couldĀ  monitor the fire departments frequencies. Apparently it needs the MARS mods to work properly.