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.