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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Baofeng UV-82 Unboxing

Since the screen crapped out on the Wouxun UV-8D, I replaced it with a Baofeng UV-82. Here is a short video of the unboxing. Review will be following shortly. So far, this is one of the best HT's that I have owned. It's amazing that a $150 radio is out performed by a far superior $40 radio.

Friday, December 5, 2014

KG-UV8D Screen Problem

Well guys, this is disappointing.

I went to bed last night with a fully functional radio and got up this morning to this. The radio has never been dropped, near any moisture, or any sort abuse. I've only had this radio for about two weeks and have been working on other things so have not taken the time to do a review yet. This radio was a little more expensive so I expected better quality.

So, I've contacted Wouxun and will see what they do. Meanwhile, back to the Yaesu or KG-UV3D for now. Thinking I should have bought an extra UV3D instead. Either way, not sure if I will be buying Wouxun again. We'll see how this goes.

Here's a short video of the problem.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Unboxing of Wouxun KG-UV8D

This is a short unboxing of the Wouxun KG-UV8D on 11-15-2014. This unit was ordered from Sanatop through I will post a follow up video after programming is complete.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ham Radio is a Contact Sport!

The holidays are fast approaching and I was thinking about how nice it's going to be to sit down with the family, relax and catch up on things. Then I considered how filthy rich I am with the amount of friends and family that I have. 
Giving credit where credit is due; getting into Ham Radio is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Sure, the radios and electronics are fun and sometimes challenging, but the real prize is the people you meet and how such great friendships can start. I figured out that Amateur Radio is both a quantitive and qualitative hobby. It's a gateway that puts you in touch with great numbers of quality people. Then common interests find their way to the forefront and friendships are born. I now know that's why we're always "recruiting" folks to get into the hobby. We so badly want to share those amazing experiences and the excitement that comes naturally when talking with other people from all over. 
The other side of Ham Radio is that there are so many different aspects to the hobby that you can be as introverted or extroverted as you want. You don't like using voice, use PSK; don't like working other countries, stay on the local repeater. The choices of activities in Ham Radio are so flexible that if you don't like any of the modes, you can invent your own; that's actually encouraged. Then there is the whole public service and community service side. Hams are amazing at helping others because it's part of who we are. It truly is the best hobby ever.
Plus, the radios are very very cool!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Repeater Progress

Slowly making progress on what will be the 70cm NU5G repeater.

The primary use for this 440 MHz. repeater will be for general use of local Hams. It will also be used with Skywarn and will make an excellent back up for the N5RCA club repeater. With an available 100 watts, it should be a nice addition for ham communications in the area.  I have the controller software all sorted out and a prospect for a good closed cabinet for the entire system to sit in. The power supply, duplexer and cavities will take some time to acquire and install in the cabinet, but I also have a source lined up for each of them. All things considered, I should have this project together before Thanksgiving and can begin testing the system on my 55' tower. Once all the bugs are worked out, the chore of finding a site with some elevation will begin. Stay tuned for updates.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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