My First Radio(s)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011, 6:48 pm
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Icom IC 92ADMy new HT radios have arrived from HRO: The Kenwood TH-D72A and Icom IC-92AD. I’ve turned them on and off a bunch of times but am too afraid to do anything else.

Kenwood TH-D72AThese handy-talkies are dual-band: VHF/UHF, the frequencies most suitable for Technicians. And since there are lots of FM repeaters in the mountains near Petaluma, there’s lots I can do with them. Not that I have yet.

I bought the Icom because it does D-Star, a packet-based digital voice and data protocol that’s new and gaining popularity. The Kenwood was Gordon West WB6NOA’s recommendation because it supports APRS, IRLP, Echo-Link and other popular digital technologies.

One of these days I’ll actually give them a try.

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5 Responses to “My First Radio(s)”

  1. Matt Andrews on August 16th, 2011 2:56 am

    Key it up, and say, Hellow from w6twt

  2. Akron, Oh on August 16th, 2011 3:03 am

    Nice radios, Leo. You don’t mess around.What I wouldn’t give to be near a repeater you’re using and be able to chat with you. When you go DX, I might finally do it too, just to be able to say “Hi”. 

    James
    KC8ENL

  3. Todd Snyder on August 16th, 2011 3:13 am

    I started out with an HT.  Here in the flatlands I quickly found out I needed a good dual band mobile antenna (5/8 wave).  Made really good use of the measley 5W of the HT.  Of course, after a few months of that in the car, I really had to move on to a mobile dual band at 50 watts.  Dont forget, you can then set the mobile up as a cross band repeater and increase the range of your HT as you walk around oshkosk or some car show or even inside a building,  You “cross band” out to your car and talk like you got 50 watts!!  N9AOK  (Todd Snyder)

  4. Todd Snyder on August 16th, 2011 3:14 am

    I started out with an HT.  Here in the flatlands I quickly found out I needed a good dual band mobile antenna (5/8 wave).  Made really good use of the measley 5W of the HT.  Of course, after a few months of that in the car, I really had to move on to a mobile dual band at 50 watts.  Dont forget, you can then set the mobile up as a cross band repeater and increase the range of your HT as you walk around oshkosk or some car show or even inside a building,  You “cross band” out to your car and talk like you got 50 watts!!  N9AOK  (Todd Snyder)

  5. Todd Snyder on August 16th, 2011 3:46 am

    Dont forget, you can usually hack those HT’s to open up the restricted bands for receive (and transmit…which you  would never do).  

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