I went to the local Hamfest on Sunday and was able to get a few good deals!
I have been applying for vanity callsigns over the last few months. I tossed the Idea around for a while and decided to try for a 1×2 or a 2×1 call. I had N4YOG for over 20 years and was a little reluctant to change. Effective June 24, 2016 I was assigned NI4J as my new FCC Amateur Radio Callsign. One thing I hadn’t thought much about is how much is tied to a callsign that would need changing. Over the last couple of days I have updated Echolink, Allstar node, Dstar registration and DMR Id’s. I still have some other stuff I plan to update and I am sure there will be others I haven’t thought of. This is just something to think about if planning on applying for a vanity callsign.
Another aspect of changing your callsign is how set in your head the old call is. I still find myself beginning to ID with my old callsign. I am sure that NI4J will soon become as automatic as N4YOG is now.
Along with a friend of mine we discovered something about his Baofeng radio. Most people who have been around a Baofeng radio may have heard the alarm feature on the radio. Just a warning that you should check the settings related to this function. If set incorrectly you may be transmitting the alarm over your local repeater. The following video gives you a good idea how the settings work. This may differ depending what firmware revision or model of radio. Hopefully this will help some people with these radios.
I just thought I would mention a Blog that some may be interested in.A local Ham acquaintance of mine Jim-W2PAU has begun a journey to help the folks in Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada. These people have had terrible wildfires and many have lost everything. Please take a look as it is interesting reading about his Great Act of Kindness. Hats off to you Jim, you are doing a great thing!
I purchased a Heil PR-40 package to use for Ham Radio. Here is what came in the package.
In an effort to rebuild and reorganize my Ham Shack/Office I have taken the plunge and purchased a new microphone and mixer. This is something I have been thinking about for a long time. I have recently became an active Ham once again and have never used anything other than stock Microphones with any of my Ham rigs. I did at one time have a D104 or two back in my CB days and hate I ever got rid of them. I shopped around quite a bit and found a Heil PR-40 package as well as an Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX mixer. I hope to be testing everything very out soon!
I have done plenty of searching on Google and Youtube and here found some good videos on the subject of using a mixer for ham radio.
I also found a good talk/demo that Bob Heil did at a hamfest that might be of interest. Thanks to Gerard Thompson-M3XYP for the video!
I am sure I will have more to post when I start to connect the new gear!
I thought this would be a good reference to the Best Ham Apps for your phone or tablet. Thanks to Don Wilbanks AE5DW for sharing the link on Facebook. I have several of the listed apps on my phone and use them regularly. I will have to give the others a try!
I have been trying to figure out the best way to update my contact list on my CS-750. I found the following document that steps you right through the procedure. Thanks to Dave Hull-KC6N for the document, what a big help it was!