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Please, no QSL needed here. I believe you are where you say you are (hi hi). I am signed up with eQSL, but I'm just getting started with it. I like to get the most out of a small setup. Practical equipment and station design, experimenting, meeting interesting people and ragchewing are my main interests in amateur radio.

100 watts maximum from this 75m - 6m multi-band fan dipole or my High Sierra screwdriver mobile antenna. If you can't do it with 100W, you need a better antenna! Way too much overuse of amplifiers these days when often it is not needed. Turn the darn things off and maybe the QRM will go away.

Being interested in electricity and electronics at an early age, it was only natural I became an amateur radio operator. I wasted too many years playing around with 11m radio, but eventually got my amateur radio ticket in Poughkeepsie, NY back in the late 80's when converting Motorola commercial two-way radios to 6m FM (and other ham bands - great radios!) became a major interest of mine. I later became an employee at Motorola in the early 90's when I moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I also met the love of my life and my daughter was born a few years later. How life has changed (in a good way!). But amateur radio has been a great hobby over the years. I have had the pleasure of working all sorts of exotic modes, thanks to some contest groups and friends who "go all out". Over the years I have bounced between New York and Florida at various station locations (some quite high), and even ran HF mobile with an FT100 and High Sierra screwdriver antenna in the late 90's through early 2000's, but work got the best of me for a while and I took a break from "hobby radio" until about 2008.

D-STAR made me interested in amateur radio again. It was fun before the stupid reflectors ruined all the good features D-STAR had to offer. I'm trying to stick with it and use DSQL quite a bit to block out the "noise". Good thing my local club repeaters don't overuse reflectors or I would sell it all off. I just added a full stack of  Motorola XPR DMR radios on 2m, 440, and 900 in the mobile, which I remove and also use at the home QTH.  DMR has the best range of any digital mode I have tried...even better than analog. But I like my P25 operation the most and run on UHF with an Astro Saber portable slid into an AVA in the bottom of the "MotoDIGITAL stack" that sits on the floor when installed in the SUV. A dedicated full-time VHF P25 AVA is mounted under the driver's seat, and in the home shack I run a 110W (usually at 50W) Astro Spectra with W3 HHCH (hand held control head microphone) for dedicated VHF P25 & analog operation. When at home the "stack" brings DMR and UHF P25 into the shack along with UHF HHCH operation. In the SUV dual HHCH microphones connect to each modified AVA for full display and control of the Astro Saber radios that slide into them. Besides making the portables into mobiles, the sound quality and RF performance rivals that of more expensive dedicated mobiles. These really sound full and robust! Good TX audio too! And the dual priority scan is very fast and quiet. MDC1200, OTAR and Encryption are nicely muted for your listening pleasure. And nuisance delete is a "must have" feature when some gasbag ties up 146.520...the national CALLING channel. A Mirage BD-35 dual band amp is also under the seat and diplexed into both AVA's for dual band 50W P25/analog operation into a single wideband antenna on the roof. Need to take V/U P25 or analog portable? No problem! Just unlatch the AVA's and slide them out with freshly charged batteries. You can have your cake and eat it too! 

​Never thought I would buy into Yaesu's System Fusion, but I did, and boy do I really like it! Great digital range compared to analog, great sound (almost as good as P25) and NO COMPLICATED PROGRAMMING. By far the best and easiest digital mode for Amateur Radio. I added Wires X and that opened up a whole new world of network capability. With Wires X you can have your cake and eat it too. Home stations and repeater stations can connect to conference rooms (with total sysop control), or they can connect direct to each other. The great thing about direct connections is you will be taken out of the room you are in and return automatically when you are done. And transmissions that might have doubled buffer so that first in is first out, and the second in follows the first. NO MISSED TRANSMISSIONS! Come visit my N2HUC - ROOM at 28153, or call me direct at 18153. Local users are free to use my Wires X node radio on 145.5500 MHz. No DSQ at this time. I use an FTM-100D at home and an FT-2DR portable and in the mobile with a Mirage BD-35 for up to 50 Watts.

I'm also running HF - 6m mobile operation that really works with optimal (no compromise) antennas. My 40m mobile works to/from anywhere in Florida and beyond, so I can use that to get through if linked digital repeaters are out of range. Today I run a very modest station at my home QTH, and have great fun with a compact setup and simple antenna layout. The IC-7600, IC-2820 and TYT 220 radio round out the shack. My mobile Icom IC-7000 is a great little radio. I did the AB5N microphone modification for better transmit audio. Every 7000 owner should get this mod done. And I use an ID-880H on VHF and UHF in my mobile for D-STAR and FM (a well designed radio with a bullet proof hot receiver). Plus I have 220 in the SUV. Sometimes I remote operate my home IC-7600 when I'm on the road with the RS-BA1 software. I can't believe how well this simple setup works with just 100 watts and a home-brew fan dipole tuned to 75m/60m/40m/20m/10m/6m. The 7600 internal tuner gets me the rest of the WARC bands with good results. Just dial any frequency on any band and go. No need to change antennas or tune, as the internal tuner is right there to trim the match a little. I also use a Diamond X3200 on 2m/220/440, and a Diamond Discone for V/U/900 DMR/analog and 6m vertical FM operation with a full 1/4 wave whip (loading coil shunted). I have another discone hidden under the roof of my house for backup and emergency operation and use it as a scanner antenna. My work keeps me driving all over Florida and traveling over the US on a regular basis. So now I have HF/6m back in the SUV and I am mobile DXing and ragchewing once again. That, plus P25, DMR and D-STAR, and we have a whole lot of radio in one mobile setup! The pictures say it all.

 

I register on every D-STAR repeater I am in range of, and if it is not tied up with some useless reflector noise that is hard to break through, you might actually be able to callsign route me. Sometimes I have to turn on the callsign squelch to keep the D-STAR radio quiet and scanning, but it works if you can get a clear shot. FUSION, DMR and P25 are also dialed in and scanning full time for repeaters and simplex in whatever area I'm in. Text me (to alert me) on DMR at 3112205 through North America or any of the Florida group calls and I'll come back to you. Frequencies I am listening on base or mobile (scanning):

 

1.9000 LSB (no tx antenna at this time)

3.8430 LSB (night)

3.5810 QPSK31

5.3570 USB (any time)

7.1880 LSB (day)

7.0375 QPSK31

10.1425 QPSK31

10.1350 (RTTY)

14.3250 USB

14.0725 QPSK31

18.1500 USB

18.1200 USB

18.1025 QPSK31

21.3000 USB

21.0723 QPSK31

24.9850 NFM SIMPLEX

24.9600 USB

24.9225 QPSK31

29.6000 FM SIMPLEX CALLING

29.6200 FM KQ2H REPEATER N.Y.C.

28.4000 USB

28.1225 QPSK31

52.5250 FM SIMPLEX CALLING

50.1250 USB NATIONAL CALLING

50.1100 USB INTERNATIONAL CALLING

50.2915 QPSK31

VARIOUS 6m REPEATERS IN THE NE/SE USA

​145.5500 N2HUC FUSION WIRES X HOME HOTSPOT (and simplex)

​147.3450 W4AKH REPEATER FUSION & WIRES X NODE 11971 (Ft. Pierce)

145.6900 NATIONAL FUSION SIMPLEX & GROUP MONITOR FREQUENCY

145.6700 D-STAR SIMPLEX CALLING (keep "hotspots" OFF of this freq!)

145.7900 DMR SIMPLEX CALLING MARC/DCI/TRBO6 STD. (CC 1 / GC 99)

145.7900 P25 SIMPLEX (NO ONE HAS A DESIGNATED NATIONAL FREQ.)

146.5200 FM OR P25 SIMPLEX CALLING

DMR MARC VHF REPEATERS IN RANGE

ALL KNOWN FLORIDA P25 VHF REPEATERS

ALL KNOWN FLORIDA FUSION VHF REPEATERS

146.6250 P25 NAC293 HOBE SOUND REPEATER (home P25 repeater)

145.4400 KB4DD ST. LUCIE D-STAR REPEATER (new VHF home repeater)

VARIOUS D-STAR REPEATERS IN RANGE

147.0150 or 147.2400 FM REPEATERS (SLC ARES PL 107.2)

223.5000 FM 220 SIMPLEX CALLING

224.1000 FM OKEECHOBEE REPEATER

441.0000 D-STAR SIMPLEX CALLING (keep "hotspots" OFF this freq!)

441.0000 DMR SIMPLEX CALLING MARC/DCI/TRBO6 STD. (CC 1 / GC 99)

441.0000 P25 SIMPLEX (NO ONE HAS A DESIGNATED NATIONAL FREQ.)

446.0000 FM SIMPLEX CALLING

DMR MARC UHF REPEATERS IN RANGE

FLORIDA NET DMR REPEATERS

444.1500 PL 107.2 STUART SARNET

ALL KNOWN FLORIDA P25 UHF REPEATERS

ALL KNOWN FLORIDA FUSION UHF REPEATERS

444.5000 D-STAR W4AKH REPEATER (home repeater)

VARIOUS D-STAR REPEATERS IN RANGE

443.4750 or 444.6000 FM REPEATERS (SLC ARES PL 107.2)

927.1000 DMR SIMPLEX CALLING (CC 1 / GC 99)

927.5000 FM SIMPLEX CALLING (NFM 12.5 KHZ CHANNEL SPACING)

DMR MARC 900 REPEATERS

 

CU on the bands! - 73

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