Putting Spirit Back Into 6 Meters

One Dark and Stormy Night, a good swift wind decided to lay the smackdown to the ACURA Ham Radio Network’s 6 Meter input on top of the Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, NJ. Literally! The crazy part was that the input seemed to still work flawlessly and retain its significant foot print even while laying down on the job. Although it worked in this Picaso-esque configuration, we just couldn’t leave it that way.

Enter Acura Ham Radio Founder Tony Giardina (WE2D) and myself on a brisk Saturday Afternoon with a couple toolboxes, some coax, a new antenna and the determination to put the Spirit back into 6 Meters in the Area. Literally! After a couple of trial and error sessions of trying to reuse the previous mounts, that now resembled some post modern art sculpture, they seen better days and a new mounting solution must be implemented. We determined that in the interest of giving her a more solid chance of standing up to the sometimes harsh winds of the Jersey Shore we would remount her in a new location on the roof.

An hour or two and a couple of busted knuckles later we had her mounted, wired, guyed and fired up. Two brave souls had braved the cold and my newly acquired, vertigo induced fear of heights and gotten the job done. A few kerchunks and a quick QSO solidified her readiness for duty and we packed it up and left her to it.

Alas, if you feel as though I have written this post in the stylings of an action movie script writer, well then you are probably right. I don’t quite know why I chose to tell the story in such a way other than it lended a mildly humorous tone to the adventure. After all, isn’t that why we all got into this hobby in the first place?

Check out the Photo Gallery below to see just what we were UP to yesterday!

73’s

New App Helps Blind Hams Get On The Air

Recently, an app has been created that for the first time ever allows blind hams to participate in PSK31. The app is being given away to the world for free. Essentially, this app allows blind hams to use their computer’s “screen reader” to work with DigiPan. Several members of the “Westside [of Los Angeles] Amateur Radio Club” participated in creating this app. We would be most grateful to you if you could forward this email on to your club members. Please help us spread this great news!

To support the continued creation of adaptive technologies for blind hams, a GoFundMe webpage has been created. The link to it is below. You can learn a little more about this app there too.

https://www.gofundme.com/accessible-digipan-for-blind-hams

Please donate in whatever amount you can. Most especially, share this to all of your friends and family, “Like” the GoFundMe webpage on Facebook, “Share” it with all your friends, tweet it out and ask everyone to do the same!

DMR at Baofeng Prices: $108 Shipped

Tytera-TYT-MD-380-Walkie-Talkie-Digital-UHF-400-480MHz-5W-Digital-Mobile-DMR-LCD-CompatibleI’m new to Amateur Radio and am pretty much learning as I go but I don’t have to be a genius to know a deal when I see one. DMR isn’t necessarily a new technology but it is fairly new to the Amateur Community and quickly became a force to be reckoned with along side System Fusion, D-Star and P25.

The DMR standard operates within the existing 12.5 kHz channel spacing used in land mobile frequency bands globally, but achieves two voice channels through two-slot TDMA technology to split the frequency into two 6.25 MHz slots. This allows for a conversation to be carried on each slot and thus allowing two coversations to be carried on at once on the same 12.5 MHz space. How’s that for efficient use of Bandwidth!

Once upon a time Amateur Radio was very cost prohibitive and kept most curious people away from the hobby. Along came Baofeng, Tytera and many other international manufacturers appealing to an untapped market of Hams on a budget who couldn’t afford $500 or more for a radio.

On the same token, digital radios were also cost prohibitive being priced at around $500 or more and this kept it out of the hands of most folks. Along comes Tytera with the MD-380 UHF DMR Radio that is rugged, powerful, clear sounding and affordable! I own this radio myself and it goes everywhere with me. The sound on this radio is crisp and clear and in my opinion on the same level as the pricier Motorola’s. At $108.00 including the shipping from Ebay retailer LetsGetReady, you have no reason not to snatch one up right now. I bought one from them myself and am completely satisfied with their service. It arrives in 3-5 days and can easily be programmed with the included software. If you have someone with a codeplug then programming just became that much easier.

Trust me when I tell you that you will not regret this purchase and will be the envy of all your Ham Buddies who don’t have one. Follow this link below to get yours right now.

Tytera MD-380 DMR Radio (LetsGetReady): $108.00

Why are you still here reading this? What are you waiting for? They might sell out while your reading this. Hurry up, I’m over here on the North American Talkgroup waiting for you!