Ham On the Road Again…
Hey guys, just a quick update. I am on the road again and headed to Cullman, AL to visit family. After the crazy year (2020) we had it is going to be nice to relax and visit. I am excited to have new Ham radio gear to try out. I’ll be picking up a boatanchor from a dear friend in St. Charles, MO and I am definitely looking forward to that.
New Ham Gear
- Scorpion Black Widow Mobile Antenna
- Jumbospot DMR hotspot in the truck cab
- Anytone Mobile DMR Transceiver
- 144 MHz Transverter
Scorpion Mobile Antenna
This is the ultimate antenna I have had in mind for a very long time. Will it be better than my Tarheel 200A?
Currently I have it mounted on a stake mount from Breedlove. It is solid. I will need a quick disconnect for it, but for now it is “perfect” as a friend says.
I did some bonding on the truck bed and I’ll need to do more all around the truck.
I have had this for a while and used it at home and in my camper, but how will it work on the road traveling (rest stop of course)? Maybe I’ll need another one.
AnyTone AT-D578UVIIIPRO Tri-Band Amateur DMR Mobile Radio
This is one that I need to read up on. It has APRS that I want to take advantage of. How do I get it to automatically detect and connect to DMR repeaters?
144 to 28 MHz Transverter
I have never used a transverter with any of my radios so this is going to be interesting. I want to operate in the June VHF contest and this is what I came up with for my Icom 7300.
Antenna, Antenna, Antenna
That’s what my friend says when asked, “Why do you always have a strong signal?”
I have a new 6 meter beam and a dual band J-Pole to try out. I also have the Elk antenna for satellite operation. I am sure it will be fine on top of a 25′ mast to use in the VHF contest.
I almost forgot. I will be trying remote operation with RS-BA1 and my Icom 7610 while I’m traveling. You can follow my travels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
If you have any questions, comments or solutions, please comment below. I prefer the comment section here or in YouTube over e-mail because your comments and questions will help others as well.
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When you say trying to use your 7610 remotely I think you’re using SSB but are you also able to send/receive CW too?
73 Cesar – py1sw
I don’t have a key hooked to my laptop, but I can use the memory in RS-BA1 and type CW too. Thank you Cesar and 73!
Always enjoy reading your posts – thanks //
Thank you Steve I appreciate the input. Always good to hear from Ham friends! 73!
Have you had enough time to compare the Tarheal with the Scorpion?
I haven’t hooked up the Scorpion, but I will do that. A friend just sold me a Kenwood TS-480HX (200w version) and I am anxious to get it installed in the truck. I’ll post more on this later. Thank you! 73 de K0PIR