When it comes to DStar radios, ICom is king. It makes sense considering until recently ICom was the only one to make DStar radios. That changed when Kenwood came out with the TH-D74. So why would I go with the DStar newcomer as opposed to the DStar veteran? I didn’t do it just to be different, did I?
Though I’m going to talk about a bunch of other stuff I picked up and added to the shack recently; this is supposed to be primarily a post about ZUMSpot. I’ve had a chance to play with it and I’ve had a bit of fun.
The preliminary results for NAQP RTTY were published recently. My listed score was 10,200 with 170 contacts and 60 multipliers. I have to check to see how this compares with my claimed score.
NAQP SSB is going on right now. I had briefly flirted with operating in it; but I picked up an IC-7300 about two weeks ago and I not only didn’t do any prep as far as software goes…but I didn’t get familiar enough with the rig to work in a contest environment. I did have success in getting N1MM connected to it…and I actually was able to program CAT commands to fire off the voice keyer.
But CAT control, PC connectivity, voice keyer…these are all wayy too new for a guy that has operated a IC-725 for the last three years. If I do play around with it later tonight, I might submit my low-scoring log. Otherwise, the 4 contacts I’ve made thus far are getting submitted as a check log. Though I’ve read through the 7300 manual before, I think maybe I need to re-read it and play around with N1MM more.
I…at almost the last minute…decided to give the new antenna a workout and operate in the RTTY North American QSO Party.
So how’d I do? I’ll tell ya about it.
I built another doublet and am back on the air as of Sunday. This FT8 has literally exploded in the time I’ve been gone. No one works any other modes anymore, it’s all FT8.
Just like last year, I’ll be heading west again to take part in FBOM’s “epic” Field Day just outside of Horse Lake, CA.
So why is this epic? Because a bunch of us are all leaving our corners of the country and converging on the other side of the country (for some of us). We’re a fraternal radio club…so it’s about hanging out with each other as much as it is the radio. We’re literally all scattered around the country, and it’s once a year the “core” of our group gets together face to face.
I fly out on June 19th from the DC area to Vegas, get a rental car, then haul ass to make Reno by morning. By evening on June 20th we’ll be pulling in to the ranch, cracking open beers, starting our bullshit sessions early, and just happy to be there. Our radio setup is much like last year; a K3 with diversity receive capability running in to a SPE 1.3k amp.
We’ll be running N6F event call for this as well as running a 1E station. We decided on E for one simple reason; we want to play with the radios early. We want not only extra time to make sure our setup is going to work and figure out any problems; but we also want to play. Some of us don’t get to put our voice behind a kilowatt on a regular basis…some of us need brushing-up/warming-up on the quasi contesting environment of FD. Choosing to run as a home station means we can set-up when we get there and work every station during Field Day. Alpha stations aren’t allowed to set up outside of a designated time, so running as a home station on emergency power seems like the best trade-off; it also allows us to count contacts with every station unlike other classes that have restrictions.
It’s hard to imagine this year possibly being better than last; last year was absolutely fantastic. I mean, I left out of there waiting to do it again. The time is approaching, everything’s booked. 9 days from now, we’re gone!
For anyone who has worked with APRS, you’re probably well aware of the APRS-IS system. But for Field Day I’m going to see which works better across the Nevada desert; RF or internet.
Earlier this month I lost the antenna to a storm.
Last night wind game through and ripped it apart. Theres nothing to salvage this time.
I will probably not put another one up. The last one physically killed my back. I just can’t do it anymore.
The hardware containing the old Spurious Emissions blog suffered HDD failure, which I knew was imminent.
Anything that was there has been lost forever. Offhand I can remember I had a page about interfacing aftermarket CTCSS in to an old Kenwood monobander. There was another piece of information I wrote that I can’t remember.
I guess it wasn’t important.
Last year I started on an adventure to meet up with some fellow hams from my online club to head to sunny California for a field day vacation. A completely remote location where we could play radio and enjoy ourselves.
This year I’m doing it again! We’ll be operating from grid CN90tq as W6F.
June can’t come fast enough.