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.