220MHz Repeaters in the Dallas Ft Worth Area

I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time now, but my blogging time has suffered lately due to other projects.  I often get asked about a list of 220MHz repeaters in the DFW area, and I consulted repeaterbook yesterday, but several of those listings were also wrong.  So I wanted to take some […] Read more »

Update Repeaters in Mid Cities, Texas

[Updated 2/9/2015] I’ve written a few posts on this blog about which repeaters I frequent in the DFW area, and which ones I am monitoring. This post will be an update to some of that information. Lately, I spend most of my time on DMR. I am constantly talking to other Hams on the DFW […] Read more »

My 3 big purchases of 2014, part 2

Last year, about this same time, I posted a post on this site titled “My 3 big purchases of 2014“. Well here it is in April of 2015 and none of these purchases have been made, but not because I changed my mind or anything, but rather because Ham Radio is all about “hurry up and […] Read more »

IWCE 2015 Expo

Here are some pics from the IWCE Expo that I attended in March of 2015.  Lots of good info, lots of nice people, and some cool new products.  I missed seeing Wouxun, Anytone, and Yaesu, who didn’t attend.  Yaesu?  Really?  Icom and Kenwood had a huge presence, and even Alinco had a good showing.  Baofeng […] Read more »

Headed to IWCE in Las Vegas

Tomorrow I fly to Las Vegas to attend the IWCE conference.  This will be my first time to attend this show, so I am not sure what to expect.  But I do think it will be information overload for 2 whole days.  I chose Wednesday and Thursday only because those are the days of the […] Read more »

Ham Radio Classes in DFW

For a while now, especially since I opened a brick-and-mortar store in the area, I’ve been trying to keep a list of New and Upgrade Ham Radio classes for licensing. The Technician classes are for those folks who want to get their first license. The General classes are for people who have already passed the […] Read more »

Up and running on 40 meters

I finally got my 40-meter dipole hung up a couple of weeks ago and have been working some 40-meters lately.  The dipole is a simple center-fed wire antenna, and I have the center-point hung about 27′ in the air.  In an inverted-V fashion, both legs are at 8.5′ atop my fence.  I think I might […] Read more »

Some Great Ideas for new Chinese Ham Radios

I was reading a Google+ article about the new VITAI Quad Band Transceiver, and someone had posted it since it is FM-only, it is useless to ham operators. Well, no… that isn’t true, at least not in the U.S., but… here is my reply to this copy-of-a-copy radio. I’ve been saying for a long time […] Read more »

Ham Radio’s Forgotten Bands: 220mhz and 900mhz

The short-lived project of the Alinco DJ-G29T is proof that the 1.25 meter and 33 centimeter bands of the amateur radio spectrum are forgotten bands. I purchased one of these radios a few months ago when I read online that it was being discontinued, and I wanted to get a new one before they were all […] Read more »

JOTA is the weekend

The official hours are from Saturday at 00:00 hours CDT time (right at midnight Friday) to Sunday 24:00 (midnight Sunday evening). So you’ve got the whole weekend to make JOTA contacts. What is JOTA? When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that […] Read more »