Highly Anticipated (by me) TYT Mobile Radio

MD-9600 TYT Digital Mobile radio (DMR) Use Time-Division Multiple-Access (TDMA) digital function Comply with digital protocol ETSI TS 102 361-1,-2,-3 Compatible with Mototrbo Tier II GPS Optional TYT MD-9600 Frequency Range: VHF model: 136-174 MHz UHF model: 400-480 MHz PLL Channel Spacing:  6.25/25/12.5/25KHz RF Power Output: VHF 25/50W UHF 25/45W Analog and digital combined Single call, group call and all call ANI function Encryption [unction Remote kill/stun and activate Short text message function Call log check and edit function Short text message check and edit function Contacts check and edit function PC programmable function CTCSS/DCS encoding and decoding function PC password protection function Draft message edit function 250 zones, 16 channels for each zone 1000 channels Color LCD display Programmable functional keys Voice prompt Low voltage prompt Upgradeable by firmware Battery saving function TOT Emergency alert SQL setting Sc

AnyTone AT-D868UV dual-band VHF and UHF DMR portable

PRESS RELEASE October 2016 For Immediate Release INTRODUCTION OF THE  AnyTone  DMR DIGITAL/ANALOG VHF AND UHF RADIO Qixiang Electron Science & Technology Co., Ltd was founded in January 1993, and is locate in Quanzhou in China. Qixiang is a high-tech corporation specialized in design, production and marketing of wireless commu-nication equipment such as Digital and Analog Handheld Two Way Radio’s, Mobile Radio’s, Citizen Band Radio’s, WiFi Radio’s, Marine Radio’s and Cell Phone Repeaters under the name AnyTone. The new  AnyTone AT-D868UV  Dual Band DMR and Analog transceiver will be released to the US market on 1 March 2017. This is an advanced one chip radio complying with the MOTOTRBO Tier I and II specifications and offering 3 inherent power levels of 6W/2.5W/0.5W. The frequency bands include both 136—174 MHz and 400—480 MHz. The radio will auto-sense digital or analog transmissions and connect accordingly. It offers 1,000 channels as well as VFO tuning and for DMR

DMR Cellular Hotspot

Just finished setting up a cellular hotspot using an OpenSPOT, TP-Link router, battery pack and, of course a cell phone. So far it's just running on DMR but D-Star can't be far behind and then C4FM.

No Matter How Good Your Field Day Set-up Is...

... this guy wins. Olafur Olafsson TF3ML of  Gardabaer, Iceland More at QRZ . #hamr  #fieldday 

Amateur Radio forum on Reddit

 Did you know that Reddit has an Amateur Radio forum ? The sometimes controversial and always interesting Reddit has a very good forum for hams. It has a younger and livelier vibe than QRZ and definitely eHam .

HDMI input to VGA adapter For Raspberry Pi

On my Raspberry Pi/DVAP I like to "tail the log" so I can read the stream of recent log-ins. This is particularly handy during nets and is why I require a dedicated monitor. Since the Pi was designed to be a low cost training device for schools and school children, the video output choices are limited to HDMI, RCA video and serial through the GPIO. A better choice for me would have been a VGA output, but of course, that would have increased production costs and taken up valuable board space. My solution is an HDMI input to VGA adapter. I found several at  Here  is the one that I am using. There are several different offerings on Amazon with a wide range of kudos/complaints in the reviews. Many of the negative reviews are from people who are trying to use the adapter backward; that is, trying to convert VGA to HDMI. This device will not do that, but if you want to hook up an old 15" VGA LCD monitor to your Pi, this is the ticket. Some of the revi

Adventures in Amateur Radio

Every few years, the Mississippi River swells up, destroys property and threatens the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people. Unlike hurricanes, earthquakes or tornadoes, floods on the Mississippi happen in slow motion. Everyone knows it is coming. You could walk away from it. Even so, many people decide to stay. For one reason or another; maybe they think they can hold back the water with sandbags or they have no place to go or maybe they're just in denial, many of these people will need to be rescued. I grew up thirty miles from the Mississippi River and three blocks from one of its feeders, the Rock River in Illinois. When spring thaws came and the ice chunks choked the rivers, I only had to walk to the end of our street to watch it happen. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1965 came shortly after my 15th birthday and four years after I received my ham license. I became part of the disaster response, and worked the flood with my six meter voice rig. It started with m