Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Add An Automatic Antenna Tuner To Your Ham Shack For Christmas

 Christmas is only a few weeks away so now is the time to get that Automatic Antenna Tuner for your Ham Shack. The two most popular brands are Mfj and LDG. I myself run the Mfj 993b and it does a nice job. I did replace the cheap push button on/off switch with a toggle switch. Just make sure to ohm out the solder pads to determine which are connected. Otherwise it works very well and I have not had to change the switch since then.
 Now what may determine which Automatic Antenna Tuner is right for you. Well the two determining factors are budget and how much power you are going to run. In my case I just run 100 watts so the mfj 993b will handle 300 watts, so it works for me. There are some that will handle 600 watts and up to 1500 watts. I would check out Eham.net and read the reviews on all the different models. I would buy from Amazon or Ebay for some excellent deals. There are many resellers on the Internet as well.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How About A Baofeng Handheld Transceiver For Christmas

 I have recently noticed that the Baofeng Two Way Handheld Transceivers are doing quite well these days. I remember a few years ago they showed up in some of my amateur radio catalogs and they were priced at a good price. Well when I looked at Amazon today I noticed that some had over 1700 reviews and they were at a 4.5 star rating out of 5. That pretty much indicates they are selling very well and customers are very pleased with them. It certainly makes them a worthwhile item to add to any Ham Shack.
 I have seen in the past some hams do some interesting things with a Two Meter Handheld Transceiver. I remember one ham connecting a 4 to 6 element quad antenna made out of pvc pipe. Yes he was getting some excellent results. Usually the average range is about one or two miles. Now if you are using a better antenna and possibly get it higher in the air you may see that change to 5 to 10 miles to hit the repeater. It would be well worth it to carry a Baofeng Handheld Transceiver for an emergency way of communications while out in the field. Just carry a small dipole antenna and string it up in some trees and off you go.
 The nice advantage is that the average Two Meter Antenna is fairly small in size. You will also find that you can easily build all kinds of antennas to experiment with. If you have worked with handheld transceivers and various antennas leave some comments. I am sure we would all love to read them.

Here is some interesting information below.

  • Foscam Digital Tech is the authorized US Baofeng exclusive distributor of the U-5R V2+. Foscam offers US based warranty service out of our office in Houston, TX, (no shipping to China). You must ensure that Foscam Digital Tech is your selected buying option to claim the US warranty.
  • Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-479.995 MHz. Metallic upgraded, durable housing. English user manual included
  • Upgraded 2014 Bright & easy to read two-color LED display
  • Compatible with UV-5R 3800mah and 3600mah extended batteries. More enhanced construction and features than previous UV-5R and UV-5RA
 I always like to let my readers see what other hams and people are saying, so here is an example of one review from Amazon.

"You would be hard pressed to get a better dual band HT for $62. This radio has international settings, meaning that the entire frequency range from 130-174mhz and from 400-480mhz is open to both TX and RX. This means you do need to be careful as a Ham license only allows you to TX on 2m from 144-148mhz and on 440 from 420-450mhz. The radio is not FCC certified to transmit on any of the Marine VHF, MURS, FRS/GMRS, or business radio or emergency services radio frequencies that lie in these frequency ranges and operating in those frequency ranges with this HT will expose you to FCC action.

You definitely will need the programming cable as the included directions are not enlightening for programming the radio with the keypad. The programming software for the radio is a minimal spreadsheet program. There are better free aftermarket alternatives (there is an active Yahoo group devoted to this radio, there are plenty of Youtube videos, and there is an aftermarket programming package called CHIRP which is a better software program). Make sure that you firmly attach the cable as failure to attach the cable properly will lead to frustration.

The stock antenna is ok if you live under a repeater. For those not living under a repeater an aftermarket antenna is a good upgrade.

For operational purposes the radio transmits and receives quite well and will operate for quite some time on the rechargeable battery that is included with the radio.

For $62 you also have a radio that if it should fall into a lake, get lost or some other calamity strike you can replace it"

So once again if you have an interesting story about an antenna you used with a handheld transceiver by all means leave a comment. If you have an idea leave it as well.

Thank You for stopping By From Dan KC2YTI 73s !!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Study For Your Ham Radio License Today

 The weather is getting cooler so why not stay inside and study for your first or next Ham Radio License . Yes it gets too cool to work on your Ham Antennas so stay inside where it's warm. Once you have studied enough find out where you can go and take the test. I have my General License and it was not all that bad. Not only study and memorize the material, but learn it. That way it will help you when you decide to build an antenna or maybe even repair your Ham Radio. It's better to know what your doing then to be in a situation where you don't know what to do. So thanks for stopping and get that study material today.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Get Your Handheld Transceiver On Your Christmas List

Since Christmas is getting closer we all start thinking about all those wonderful Ham Radio pieces of equipment we would like. One of those favorite items I can think of is a nice Handheld Transceiver. There are quite a few different ones to choose from and they all do an excellent job. In fact I remember watching a video where a ham radio operator used a hand held transceiver with a homebrew quad 2 meter antenna. He was getting some excellent results with it on the 2 meter band.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Build A Ham Antenna Before Winter Hits

 It's getting colder and pretty soon it may be too cold to do any outside work on building your antenna project. So now is the time to plan, build and enjoy. It does not have to be an elaborate antenna. It can be as simple as a dipole or J-Pole Antenna. Most parts to build a simple antenna such as these are readily available at Lowes or Home Depot. If you are thinking of a simple 2 meter beam antenna think about a quad antenna using Grey Electrical PVC Pipe.
 I prefer the Grey Electrical due to it being UV Protected and won't deteriorate as fast in the sunlight. Also there are many different angle pieces you can use in the design of your antenna. If your thinking of a J-Pole Antenna or a small beam antenna, think about using copper pipe. I have seen people use the pvc pipe and make a wire beam antenna. If you use normal pvc pipe I would make sure you paint it. This way it will have some uv light protection.


  I would make sure if you are building an antenna of some sort have the proper tools and equipment. I would definitely have a good SWR Antenna Analyzer . MFJ, Comet and Rig Expert make some excellent SWR Antenna Analyzers. I would also make sure you have some good Hand Tools for cutting and stripping wire. I would also recommend you have a good pvc cutter to cut the pvc pipe. Yes you should have plenty of Nuts, Bolts and Washers handy. Maybe even some pvc glue if this antenna is somewhat permanent. Just remember the larger the antenna the hard it is to stand up to the harsh winter wind and cold environment.

Thank You for stopping by from Dan KC2YTI 73s and have fun.  

Saturday, September 12, 2015

HF Mobile Ham Radios

 Here are my 4 picks for my favorite HF Mobile Ham Radios.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

10 Meter Mobile Ham Radios

 There are quite a few different 10 Meter Mobile Ham Radios that seem to do a good job. Some of the popular brands are Yaesu, President Lincoln, Stryker, Galaxy as well as other 10 meter mobile radios. I checked out the reviews and for the most part they were pretty good. If you are interested in a 10 meter mobile radio here is a link you can click on 10 Meter Mobile Ham Radios .
 It seems that most of the 10 meter radios put out about 100 Watts, which is not bad and will drive a mobile amplifier. You can always buy the mobile radio holder and turn it into a base radio. I have seen a few in this class apparently put out about 400 watts . You will also find some good choices for a mobile 10 meter antenna to go with the radio. If you are using it as a base station radio you will find some good base station antennas that will work on the 11 meter band as well as the 10 meter band.
 Just make sure you have the correct ham radio license to transmit on the 10 meter band. I have found that it is not always open, but then you have times when it gets really busy. You can always design your own base antenna such as a moxon antenna or a dipole antenna. There is also the choice of a 10 meter yagi antenna. The nice thing is that the base station antennas for the 10 meter band are not too big.
 So pick a nice 10 meter mobile ham radio and have fun.
                         HERE IS A LINK TO 10 METER HAM RADIOS AT EBAY !!!

 Thank You For Stopping By !!!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Manual Antenna Tuners

 In your Ham Shack you are going to need an ANTENNA TUNER at some point. If you are running low power say about 100 watts you can get away with and antenna tuner that handles  300 watts. Now if you are going to run full legal limit then I would go for an antenna tuner capable of handling 1500 watts. As far as brands or manufacturers go I would look into MFJ, Ameritron and Palstar . You will find that the Palstar Antenna Tuners are a little more expensive, but they are built like a tank. I my self Have a MFJ 949E and it does an excellent job with my multiband dipole antenna at under 100 watts.
  I would recommend an MFJ ANTENNA TUNER when starting your ham shack. The only issue I have is that the knobs could be a little bigger, because they can be rough on the fingers. I was going to try some knobs I have that are slightly larger and have a knurled edge. If you are looking for information and reviews I would check out eham.net at http://www.eham.net/reviews/ . If you are looking into a USED ANTENNA TUNER check out this link to ebay. Just thoroughly check out the seller. I have seen occasions where someone bought a used antenna tuner only to find it was damaged by a lightning strike. Ebay also has new antenna tuners and there are some good deals.
 Thank You For Stopping By From Dan KC2YTI  73s !!!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

3 Popular Ham Radio Brands

 When I look around the internet at various Ham Radio Dealers or Amazon Or Ebay I seem to find that there are 3 popular Ham Radio Brands.
  1. ICOM
  2. YAESU
 If you read the reviews at http://www.eham.net/reviews/ you can see why. Of course there are many other Ham Radio Brands out there that work really well. You can find quite a few in the used category at Ebay. If you are looking in the used department of Ham Radio Equipment check out this link USED AND NEW HAM RADIO TRANSCEIVERS

 Below are a few of the 3 types of Ham Radios I like.

Thank You For Stopping By From Dan KC2YTI  73s !!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Power Surge

  Summer time is storm time. You definitely should protect your ham radio equipment from those nasty power surges of static electricity that come from the thunder and lightning storms. I used to use the old fashioned type of static surge protector on my cb radio years ago and it did an okay job. Today I use a good MFJ Surge Protector on my Ham Radio Equipment and it does an excellent job of protecting my Kenwood TS 2000 from any static electricity damage. I would also make sure you have good surge protectors to plug all your Ham Radio Equipment into in your Ham Shack. I would also do the same for any Computers in your Ham Shack as well as your house. Working on computers all day I have seen some nasty damage that the thunder and lightning can do, so protect it now.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Check That Weather Forecast It's Summer Time

  Yes Summer Time is here and so are the Thunder and Lighting Storms. We have already had a few of them go through in New York. I have been paying attention to the weather around the united states and it has been one wet season so far. So the best thing to do is protect yourself and your Ham Radio Equipment from the bad weather. One way is to use a weather station so you can keep an eye on the current weather forecast. There are plenty of excellent weather forecast stations you can buy and they do vary in price. I have mine that I bought and am going to put it up so I can keep an eye on the weather.
  There are other ways of keeping an eye on the weather coming your way. here are a few ideas below.
  1. NOAA Weather Radio on your Scanner Radio.
  2. Local TV Station for Weather Forecast.
  3. Various Websites on the Internet with live radar.
 Here some weather stations below that you can purchase.

If you are looking for a different weather forecast station click on this link WEATHER STATIONS

  Thank You For Stopping By From Dan KC2YTI  73s. 

Remember Keep Yourself And You Ham Radio Equipment Safe !!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SWR Antenna Analyzers

  Summer is almost here so now is the time to get out there and start building that antenna project you have been planning all winter. Now if you are into building your own antennas I would definitely invest in a SWR Antenna Analyzer. They vary in model according to the band or bands of frequencies you are planning on transmitting on. They also vary in price according to the features that they can accomplish. There some very good brands out there to choose from. Click on this link to go to the Amazon webpage and check out the different brands SWR ANALYZERS .

Here is a list below of some of the popular brands.

  1. MFJ
  2. Comet
  3. Rig Expert
  4. SainSonic
  5. Zchao
  6. Sunkee
  7. Yosoo
  8. Sark
  If you would like to view a video to get a better understanding of what an swr analyzer can do. I would check out these links to youtube videos below.
  1. https://youtu.be/QOvd4ZxqlYc
  2. https://youtu.be/3Sba7_giu7w
  3. https://youtu.be/jOCG6bFGfuE
  This is definitely one tool I would invest in for your Ham Shack. It will most likely save you a lot of time locating problems with your antenna system throughout your Ham Radio Hobby. You can purchase various accessories such as dip coils, carrying pouch and an ac adapter. My advise would be to go to Eham.net and check out the reviews on the various swr analyzers. This way you can get a good idea of what is good and bad. Now you can always go to Ebay and look for a used swr antenna analyzer. If you are interested here is a link to the Ebay website ANTENNA ANALYZERS. Just check out the seller before purchasing anything on Ebay. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of excellent purchases out there.
  Thank You for stopping by from Dan KC2YTI  73s.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Turn That Mobile Ham Radio Into A Base Station

  On one of my other blogs I talked about making a mobile radio into a base station. If you do not want to build a wooden box there is an alternative solution. It is a radio cabinet base station. It is made by samlex. It is a housing that allows you to mount various Mobile Ham Radios in with the addition of a samlex power supply. I was searching through my Ham Radio Outlet catalog and that is where I saw the base station radio cabinet. The unit on Amazon seems to come with the power supply. The one in Ham Radio Outlet does not have the power supply included from what I read. I can remember doing this sort of thing back in the 11 meter cb radio days. I remember having a sliding bracket mount that I would lock in the car and then slide it in at the base station. The other nice idea would be to use this on a field day event or in an emergency situation. I know that MFJ also makes a similar type of base station cabinet holder. This one can also be used in an emergency situation as well.
  Thank You For Reading from Dan KC2YTI  73s.

Antenna Tuners For the Ham Shack

Google+ Followers

Ham Radio Equipment

What This Blog Is About

This Blog is a place where you can access Amazon.com or Ebay in search of Ham Radio Equipment and Electronic Equipment. I may post about projects I am working on. I may post some videos, pictures or anything that Ham Radio Operators or any visitors may find interesting. I will also be sharing some of my posts from the other Blogs I run. It's a place where you can leave a comment on something you like or maybe a Ham Radio Project you may be working on. Basically it's a place where anyone can come and enjoy.
Thank You from Dan KC2YTI 73s