Thursday, February 4, 2016

Here's an Interesting Ham Blog

Right here: M0JCQ's Ham Blog.  Based in the UK, the usual topics revolve around hiking with lightweight ham radio set-ups.  More specifically, reports from Summits on the Air activations (lots of those), reduced power operations, PSK-31 hints, all those sort of things that make trail-weight radio operations worthwhile.

While you can go to the main link above, these three in particular got my attention: Top 10 Reasons to Take Ham Radio Portable, PSK-31 Tips for Beginners, and a Yaesu 817ND vs. Elecraft KX3 comparison review.  The guy does a nice job of showcasing the active, practical, outdoors side of ham radio.

Hm, I really do like those little FT-817 radios, but on the whole I'm glad to have an FT-857D with 20x the output power.  I can always turn it down, but it's nice to have the option to turn it up on RF-noisy days.

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