Monday, March 18, 2013

Yaesu parts

I've been helping out at the fire department working on their radios. Let me tell you, Motorola is robbing everyone. The cost of parts is outrageous. And the cost of software? Yeah, it's crazy. $200 for software to program handhelds? That's on the low end.

So when I needed to order a new knob and speaker for my Yaesu HF radio, I was expecting OUCH. Nope. Cost for knob? $0.57. Cost for the speaker? $5.75. Neat. Standard shipping, should be here in a week from California.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Gettin' my Ham on

I've had my amateur radio license since 1991 (or 1990, I can't remember for sure). I haven't been active since...well....that's been a long time as well. I think the last time I was active was when we lived in Indiana. It has to be at least 8 years ago. I've recently got a station put back together. I made a 2m/440 J-Pole out of aluminum, ordered a Windom wire antenna, and a bunch of coax. The first HF rig will be a FT-897 I bought off of eBay. I picked up a keyer from eBay as well. eBay is like the modern day hamfest that runs EVERY DAY. I like it a lot.