Archive for the 'General Ham Stuff' Category

Ham Radio – Installing TYT MD-380 Tools

I had been reading various reports about the TYT MD-380 Tools and was intrigued.  Then, late in the Thursday night PAPA DMR Roundtable discussion, listened as advice was given to a user with a menu problem.  Joined the associated Facebook Group at TYT MD-380 Tools, and my curiosity grew higher. Finally I found a page […]

Ham Radio – setting up the TYT MD-380 DMR Radio

One of the things I found most interesting about getting into Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) as a Ham, is that all of digital voice radio seems to have its own language.  There is a lot to learn, things like going to to get a DMR user identity number assigned, codeplugs, zones, contacts, it goes […]

Ham Radio – Exploring the digital voice modes – starting with DMR

DMR = Digital Mobile Radio – this open standard grew out of Europe, (ETSI), and was embraced by Motorola – originally for the commercial radio world.  sometimes you will hear it referred to as MOTOTRBO, but Motorola is just one of many manufacturers of DMR radios. Slowly, but surely it has been embraced and influenced […]

Ham Radio – Boom Mic on the cheap!

I will flesh this out with pictures/etc. later on. As part of turning that back bedroom into a quasi-real Ham Shack, I wanted to have a boom Mic with foot switch – but without going totally overboard in terms of expense, (cheap fellow that I am). We had ordered the “boom” arm several months back […]

Ham Radio – Ham Desk Riser Project

This is one we started a few weeks ago. Our “Ham Shack” is in the smallest bedroom of our 4br home, and it is literally in a mess. Last month, I started simply trying to pull everything out that wasn’t part of the hobby, or there for creature comfort. When that was done, decided we […]

Ham Radio – Our portable HF Dipole

First and foremost, I absolutely get a kick out of playing with Amateur Radio Antennas of just about any kind, configuration, etc. It is part of the hobby that just appeals to me. Have spent many hours on-line pursuing new thoughts, ideas, etc. Learned early on to avoid paying too much attention to Commercial antenna […]

Ham Radio – Our portable QRP HF setup

QRP can mean a few different things in Amateur Radio – Sent to another party it can mean reduce power or should I reduce power, but QRP operation, or a QRP radio normally means operating or operates at low power. (Usually 5 watts or less).  Many times on the air you will hear someones call […]

The Amateur’s Code

I am re-posting this here as much of a reminder to myself as anyone else. Folks aren’t always what you want them to be, but this is something to strive for. IMHO The Amateur’s Code is the creed by which all ham radio operators should aspire to live by. Written in 1928 by Paul M. Segal, […]

Our “Ham Shack” – starting over…

Originally, our Son claimed the back bedroom when we moved into this house, but he was near grown and it wasn’t too long before he moved out on his own, found work, married, and started a family. Eventually, I converted that room into a Home Office, and it stayed that way for many years – […]

Our Tiny Tri-bander HT Is Back In Service…

Back in early 2004, we took a chance and purchased a used ICOM IC-T90A from a Ham Operator on eBay. When it arrived, I was elated to find it worked like a charm – once we figured out how to operate it. Back then, had to take a drive to Ham Radio Outlet and picked up a wallet […]