Saturday, January 20, 2018

Got A Nice Ham Radio In Mind For DX Contesting

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 Every once in awhile I hear various dx contests going on around the Ham Bands. I always wonder what Ham Radio are they using for DX Contesting. I myself am running a Kenwood TS-2000, but really don't get into the dx contesting at this time. I just seem to have too many things going on in my life right now. Maybe in the next 5 or 8 years when I retire I will have a few spare moments and then again maybe not.
 Well I did some browsing around the internet and looked at some nice big ham radios that would fit the bill for dx contesting. I see the Icom Ham Radios and the Yaesu Ham Radios seem to be the best. Now I do believe that many Ham Radios would work as long as you have a nice Ham Antenna and are running enough power with a good amplifier. So my advise is spend what you can in your budget and let your voice be heard.
 Just remember to have your Ham Radio station running properly with a good antenna tuner and a good swr meter. There is no sense burning up your expensive ham radio and have it being repaired, which costs you money as well as loses you time transmitting on the ham bands. I can't count the times I have heard ham radio operators sounding like their nose is pinched or just plain breaking up. Oh yeah I am running 1500 watts and then poof they are gone.
 Looking around I like the Icom 7610, which gets really good reviews. I also like the yaesu ham radios. The Yaesu 991A Ham Radio seems like it may work for doing some dx contesting. It may not be the power house ham radio, but will get you by.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Calling All Hams Christmas Is Coming Closer

 Now is the time for all of us Ham Radio Operators to start thinking about what we want to add to our ham shacks. I know I have been searching the internet and looking at what fits into my budget this year. If you can add one of those Big Boy Ham Radios I say go for it. If you have a smaller budget, then look for a nice Baofeng Hand Held Ham Radio, because they are low in cost and do a good job for the money.

 Yes I know that most hand held ham radios are usually in the 2 meter band, but why let that stop you from making a long distance contact. I have seen some hams build a quad antenna for 2 meter radio and hit some long distance repeaters. So if they can do it, so can you. There are also some Low Cost Mobile 2 Meter Ham Radios that are not too expensive. All you have to do is add a power supply, base antenna, swr meter and off you go.

 Now if you are going to try and homebrew a ham antenna, I would invest in a Good Antenna Analyzer. There are a few good brands out there today and MFJ is doing a good job with them. If you have a little bit more change in your pocket, then I would look into one of the Ham Radios by Icom and Yaesu. They have a few ham radios that will not break the bank and they cover the high frequencies.

 All in all there plenty of excellent types of Ham Radio Equipment to choose from to put in your Ham Shack this Christmas. So get out there and start filling out your list for Santa and fill up your stocking.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Baofeng - The Low Cost Ham Radio

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