Amateur Radio-Public Safety Communications Drill (NEWCOM)

Amateur Radio-Public Safety Communications Drill (NEWCOM)

Our ARES/RACES group participated in a public safety emergency communications drill. The sixteen counties of the Northeast Wisconsin Public Safety Communications group (NEWCOM) hosted mobile communications equipment from around the region and the state at Marathon...

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...
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