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

scorpion black widow


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.


ham Jumbospot jumbo spot dmr

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

anytone 578

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

144 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.

Thank you

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram 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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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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3 years ago

Hi Rich
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

2 years ago

Always enjoy reading your posts – thanks //

Bill Splaine
2 years ago

Have you had enough time to compare the Tarheal with the Scorpion?

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