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Ham Radio

SOTA Roundup

Wow, no updates here since July! The all-consuming activity that has kept me from doing so is the topic of this hiatus-breaking post. Since about mid-August, I have been playing a game called SOTA, which stands for Summits On The Air. … Continue reading

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Field Day 2011

This past weekend was the annual ARRL Field Day event. It’s a contest of sorts where US hams attempt to contact as many other stations as possible in a 24 hour window. It encourages people to get out of their … Continue reading

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A custom APRS tracker with a real screen

For those that don’t know, amateur radio operators have had something called the Automatic Packet Reporting System for quite a while now.  Most associate it with vehicular tracking, but it does a lot of other neat stuff like weather, telemetry, … Continue reading

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Kenwood TK-380 Self-Programming Modification

I recently purchased a Kenwood TK-380 UHF handheld radio on eBay.  This is a commercial UHF FM transceiver used by public safety organizations.  It will do 4W output, narrow or wide band transmission, and conventional or trunking operation. This radio … Continue reading

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CHIRP gains Yaesu VX-7 Support

Until now, CHIRP development has been focused on ICOM products.  In fact, you might even be tempted to think that the “I” in CHIRP was for ICOM.  Lately I’ve been using my Yaesu VX-7 and VX-8 radios a little bit … Continue reading

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Oregon ACES

In just about all areas of public safety, training and certification plays an important role in making sure that the people you trust with critical tasks in emergency situations are able to perform.  They have to have to knowledge necessary … Continue reading

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2010 Eagle Cap Extreme Dog Sled Race

Last week, Taylor and I were in Joseph, OR for the 2010 Eagle Cap Extreme dog sled race.  This is the second year that the race administration used ham radio as its primary communications mechanism.  Without us, they are limited … Continue reading

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All hail Winlink 1988!

Winlink 2000 is a hot topic in the amateur community right now.  It provides a mechanism to access Internet email over several different transports, including an Internet connection, local V/UHF packet radio, and long-distance HF Pactor.  The idea is great, … Continue reading

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NTS messages in Emacs

Passing messages via the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) has recently caught my fancy.  If you don’t know anything about it, you should take a look at the NTS page on the ARRL website.  In short, it’s a network of hundreds of … Continue reading

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ID800 Magnetic Head Modification

The ICOM ID-800 is a very common D-STAR radio, and for good reason: it includes the digital functionality, dual-band operation, and a remote-able head.  It’s much easier to mount a small head unit in view than an entire radio, with … Continue reading

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