How to be a net control operator

One big aspect of amateur radio is to provide a public service. The FCC acknowledges that in the the first paragraph of the Part 97 rules as: Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication...

Chameleon MPAS vs Wolf River Silver Bullet

Recently I was out camping at Brunet Island State Park. Autumn camping is the best as you get cooler temperatures‚ no bugs‚ and not many people. Brunet Island located near Chippewa Falls in Western Wisconsin is a very popular park in the summer months for its water...

Cross-Band Repeat with the Yaesu FTM-400XDR

You may have seen it in the user manual of your radio‚ in a radio advertisement‚ or talked about in an online forum. I’m talking about cross-band repeating. But what is it- how does it work- and most importantly- how can you use it. I’ll talk about this somewhat...

Retevis RT97 Portable Repeater Field Test

Earlier this summer I took a look at the Retevis RT97 portable repeater. Thank you to Retevis for providing an RT97 unit to review for these videos. As a recap, the RT97 portable repeater is available as either a VHF or UHF unit and can be ordered with either a 5 MHz...

Should a Baofeng be your first ham radio?

Hey, I’m gonna start things out by doing a little test. I have two radios: my Yaesu handheld, this is the VX-8R and a Baofeng UV5r. I’ll do a couple of transmissions and see if you can tell the difference between the two. I’ll have the answer at the end of the video....

Chameleon MPAS 2.0 Modular Portable Antenna System

Chameleon Antennas recently updated their Modular Portable Antenna System or MPAS with the goal of it being the most versatile, high performance, and rugged HF antenna system on the market. I think they’ve certainly hit that mark with the MPAS 2.0. The Chameleon MPAS...