I am not as active on the Radio as I should be.
I spend more time helping people with Hamtests.co.uk & hamradioforum.net than my own pursuits of that next elusive DXCC.
So have spent some time (and money) this week, trying to work K5D. But boy has it been tough.
To start with finding a place on the bands I can hear K5D. Usually I get static. The one time I can hear him he is working numbers. 5, 6, 7, 8 and that’s about an hour gone.
I also made a few purchases in case can try to work data as my setup wasn’t complete. From G4ZLP I ordered a Icom lead for my DigiMaster Comport, an Icom CI-V lead and a USB soundcard. All working great now, and good value at Â£31.47 ($45.50 approx) for the 3 items including delivery.
So hopefully with a few days left still of the K5D operation, I am still hopeful.
I also ordered (but not arrived) and CW key for my FT-817 & CW PC interface from BullDog iambic keys.
Finally sorted the blog out as an upgrade left the theme not working. Also my HRD (Ham Radio Deluxe) text thing stopped working.
This is now uploaded to my mini Linux server and the one file is served from there. It’s now proudly on display at the top of the page above the header image.
Earlier in the year my Uncle who got me interestred in Ham Radio passed away. When my grandparents returned from first trip they brought back his Icom IC-737, but said there was another radio but weren’t sure what.
Well, a couple of weeks ago my granddad said was some stuff in car & could I help him with it. I was expecting him to bring up a UPS unit. Was I wrong.
There was boxes with a complete setup for an Icom IC-756PROIII HF Transceiver (the ProIII, matching Speaker, PSU, & Microphone). The IC-737 was swiftly replaced in the shack, and by end of that Saturday evening, James M0BOV had helped me sort audio levels, & I took part in the 10m Saturday Home Counties net.
It’s a fantastic radio. Should be as new would cost Â£1,800. For me the Scope is and the filtering are it’s best features, but it has so much more. Anyway this it not a review, but merely to inform readers of the latest shack additions.
Also if all goes well (lets not think of CQ WPX earlier this year), then Peter M3PHP & myself should be operating in the IARU Contest on 12th/13th July 2008.
Plans are underway for my operating in the 2008 CQ WPX Contest (SSB).
So near end of March I shall be flying down to Nice, France to visit my Uncle who is also a Radio Amaetur.
I will be taking part using his equipment and my callsign as F/MÃ˜TZO (first time in a foreign country as a Ham as well) as a Single Operator. This means I can operate upto 36 hours during the 48 hour contest. Wonder how much I can actually do??
This will not be a go all out to win entry, but more to operate from different location and practise my contesting skills.
My uncle has an Icom IC-737. (www.rigpix.com/icom/ic737.htm)
I will of course do some casual non-contest operating whilst there and may also build a SoftRock TxRx 20m kit.
As internet will be available I will be updating this blog, my other blog with non-amateur radio stuff, and my gallery with photos.
It’s been a week or so since I got my new radio. As pictured it’s the Yaesu FT-60R. And I am loving it.
There are a few minor things that the Icom IC-E90 I had the edge on, but nothing to do with the radios performance. The Icom had a seperate power switch meaning the volume remained where you left it. Also it could receive FM broadcast bands.
Right now I have that out the way, how am I finding the rig. I have had only a few QSOs so far, but the reports have been good.
It’s also built solidly which is why I went for this radio. I have heard it’s so strong, some shops where you can buy it they have one they throw across the shop to prove it’s strength to customers (but I am not going to try that yet with mine).
Over the Christmas period I shall give it a good use. On Christmas eve it will travel with me to my nans, and will keep it on Christmas Day.
I have also ordered a cable as the radio has 1000 memories, so I don’t intend to program them manually.
||Amateur VHF/UHF transceiver
||144-146 / 430-440 MHz (Europe)
144-148 / 430-450 MHz (USA)
RX 108-520 / 700-999 MHz (cellular blocked in the US)
|RF Power output
||Hi: 5/5 W
Mid: 2/2 W
Lo: 0.5/0.5 W
||0.16 uV (12 dB SINAD – 140-150 MHz)
0.2 uV (12 dB SINAD – 420-470 MHz)
||12 KHz (-6 dB), 35 KHz (-60 dB)
||Nominal: 7.2 VDC (battery pack), 6-16 VDC (external)
||RX: 45-125 mA
TX: Max 1.5 A
||50 ohms, SMA
||1000 memories with alpha-tags.
CTCSS & DCS.
Emergency Automatic ID (EAI).
Press and hold the BAND key while powering up radio, gives a full-display read-out. Releasing the BAND key allows radio to continue normal power-up.
- Keypad Backlighting Colour Trick:-
- Push [8 SET] for 1 sec to enter Set mode
- Rotate [DIAL] until EXP1 appears
- Press [8 SET] to select, then Rotate [DIAL] to switch EPX1 On
- Press [8 SET] Set
- Rotate [DIAL] to COLOR
- Press [8 SET] then Rotate Dial to select Green, Orange or Red
- Press [8 SET] to Set once you have desired colour.
TV Channels Trick:-
This one isn’t listed in manual, but is you have auto scanned the TV channels and want to have all channels listed here’s how you can do it:-
Press Call/TV until you enter TV mode
Open the Squelch (Hold SQL Button below PTT and rotate Dial to Open)
Press and Hold Mode/Scan for 1 sec to begin Scan.
As the Squelch (SQL) is open unit will think all channels have activity so they are all then listed.
Let me know any others if you have them and I will list here.