This will be my ham radio doings

15 days ago

This site will be about my ham radio doings. I have my US Technician license. And in June, 2013, I passed the test and received my General class license. In October, 2014, I purchased my vanity license call.

Studying so I can take the Amateur Extra test in 2017.

I passed the Amateur Extra test in August, 2017.


General, Ham Radio


Passed my Amateur Extra test !

252 days ago

I’m now an AE class ham ! One of my life goals complete. I hope to get back on the air by September.

Hopefully before June, 2018.


Ham Radio, tests taken


Bought a Baefong Tech UV-25x4 tri-band radio

261 days ago

I found two mistakes in their manual and their pdf, same mistakes, and the pdf and manual are the same info.

on page 33 is supposed to be the method of programming a channel offset with ctcss tone.

Here is the correct method.

M = menu button.

M 45(menu selection) M delete the channel you are about to configure. M Exit

M 13 M Tone frequency M Exit

type in receive frequency.

M 44 M channel number ( this assigns the receive frequency to the same channel) M Exit

M 46 M offset, no, +, or – M Exit

M 47 M amount of offsett. M Exit

type in the Transmitt frequency, should be the same as the Recieve frequency. The manual says otherwise, ignore it.

M 44 M channel number ( this assigns the transmit frequency to the same channel) M Exit

I contected Baefong Tech USA and asked which power supply to get for this radio. They suggested Pyramid PS9KX as it has a cigarette type jack. The radio comes with a connector for this type of electrical jack.

My HF power supply has a 4-pring outlet, and this radio has a 2-pring outlet.

I realize I could have simply cut the wires, but I wanted separate power supplies for HF and my tri-bander.


Ham Radio, gear


Bitx40 meter SSB kit

286 days ago

Someone brought a BITX 40m SSB radio kit to the ham radio club meeting today and said they had got in over their head and wanted someone else to complete it.

So I volunteered.

No microphone nor speaker, but I have a speaker in all my Arduino and Radio Shack electronics and arduino kits.

I’ll be going over the circuit board and checking his work and then get to work on my part.


Ham Radio, kits


no wasps so far, electricity, and other items

419 days ago

No wasps yet in my shed. Hurrah !

Getting 240VAC put in. That will get my air conditioner/heater hook up done. Just then have to mount it in the window. Its heavy.

updated: March 3, 2017

Ordered a 3800mAH battery for my Baefong. It doesn’t exactly fit. Apparently just missed the snap connection to hold it in place. I had to use my Dremel tool to trim it. A replacement is on its way. I’ll try that one, and trim if necessary. Possible pictures later. After contacting the seller, we both detemrined the battery wasn’t designed with the longer case of the Baefong UV-5RA in mind. They had changed they seller page to add this information.

end of update.

Serial to USB programming cable. After an hour of working with it, and it not being found by my Win 10 Home computer, an error message pops up. I would have preferred it popup early on, but it didn’t. The error informs me that the cable is 2.0, and my computer’s USB ports are 3.0. I thoguht that USb ports are backwards compantible, but apparently not. So I have to dig through storage boxes to find one of several USB strips I have.

And I’m still studying for my Amateur Extra license test.


Ham Radio, gear


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