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Portable Field Operations Presentation

A couple months back you may have remembered my video and blog post on NVIS or Near Vertical Incidence Skywave propagation. In that video I give a introduction to the NVIS method and perform a real world demonstration of an NVIS contact. Well that video was as a precursor to a presentation I was to […]

Ailunce HD1 DMR Dual Band Handheld Radio Review

In previous videos we looked at the Retevis RT82 and the RT3S DMR handheld radios. Both are great handhelds serving particular price points and market niches. But the Ailunce HD1 is a little different. As the flagship of the Retevis line, the HD1is much less a commercial style radio destined for the amateur market, but […]

Retevis RT45 FRS Family Radio Service Handheld Radio

I’ve done plenty of reviews on amateur radio gear, but sometimes there are times when you will want to use an unlicensed radio service. If other people in your group are unlicensed or you are looking for a more casual operating environment, the FRS or Family Radio Service may be just the thing for your […]

APRS: SSIDs, Paths, and Beacons

With APRS or the Automated Packet Reporting System, we can control how our packets are disseminated in the system by choosing the appropriate path settings. Since APRS is a one to many form of communication: that is our packet could be picked up by any number of digipeaters, we will want to pick a path […]

Introduction to APRS- the Automated Packet Reporting System

The Automated Packet Reporting Service is a digital real time communications system to share tactical information and messages. The most common activity in APRS is to plot the location of moving objects using GPS information, but APRS can also be used for short messaging, weather station telemetry, announcements, and displaying objects on a map. The […]

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