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...

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...

Portable Power for Amateur Radio

My recent video on portable HF kit generated a lot of questions on what I use for a power supply. So as I’m prepping for a camping trip this weekend, I thought I’d take a moment and share what I use for portable power when off in the field. I’ve been a long time tent...

Portable HF Operation Kit

I like to take my ham radio portable kit when we are camping. Here’s what I pack for portable operation be it in a park or in a wilderness setting. Items described are available from Amazon and other sources. Links are below: Tactical Sling Bag:...

Yaesu FTM-400XDR Basic APRS Setup

Yaesu’s FTM-400XDR is an very popular dual band mobile radio that features some extremely sophisticated APRS features. APRS, or the Automated Packet Reporting System is a real-time tactical mode that allows you to transmit your geo location and send and receive short...