Monday, May 13, 2019

Had fun setting up for some 20 Meter digital in the park.  The dipole Hamstick (on an extendable painter's pole) tuned perfectly and I had my 1st FT8 QSO within 3 minutes of launching the Raspberry Pi application.  It was great to get out (The is in the park adjacent to the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center in Fort Benton, Montana.)

Monday, April 1, 2019

Added another UHF/VHF rig; the Yaesu FTM-400DXR.
The FTM-100 will become the "base" unit in the shack, and the 400 will be the portable rig.  I have an antenna and power leads wired into the Jeep, and will do likewise to the truck eventually, allowing the 400 to bounce between the two.
I chose the 400 as it a has 2 true VFO's (where as the 100 only has one).  With 2 I can keep one on APRS full time and use the other for voice.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Added DMR capability.  This Retevis RT-82 HT works with my personal hotspot here in town as we have no DMR repeaters here yet.  I also have the DMR repeaters loaded in the code plug for the areas in MT that have coverage.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Happy to report I upgraded my ticket to General.  Which will be next?  Learn Morse Code.. or press on to Extra?

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Added to the HAM Shack.
Yaesu FT-891
Still need some good antennas as I am using an inexpensive "portable" end-fed wire antenna for now.
Oh, and, uh... gotta get back to cracking the books to upgrade my licence.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Had some limited success with a random wire antenna and listening to some HF bands from my in-town "shack" a few days ago, so though I'd take it on the road and see what I could pick up in the mountains away from rf interference.

Let's just say, the experiment flopped (this time).  I just need to keep researching, tweaking, and testing.  I'm trying to learn as much as possible so that when I pass my General and have transmit privileges, I'll be more ready for it.  Well.. still need an actual transceiver of course.

Here I am using CubicSDR with RTL-SDR and Nooelec "Ham It UP" on my Ubuntu Linux laptop.