Businesses such as taxi services and debris (recology) companies require a radio solution that allows their multiple vehicle radios to communicate to a dispatcher but not between each other. They find limited communication is beneficial in reducing the unnecessary conversations, which also reduces radio system load and ensures privacy. This can be achieved when a radio system is configured with a solution called split dispatch. Existing LTR system users are familiar with this feature, but split dispatch is also available in IDAS™ Conventional and IDAS MultiTrunk™ systems with the IA-10401 Split Dispatch Dongle.
We typically think about cell phone service closing down either because of downed towers or massive overload during a disaster or an emergency. Broadcast stations as well as police and emergency services can also shutdown for similar reasons.
POWER OF COMMUNICATION OPTIONS
Those services are typically tied to a single approach for communication, however, amateur radio isn’t limited. Sure, on VHF/UHF a repeater might go down but that just means we need to go simplex. Or, amateur operators can readily set up a portable repeater system to get things going once more.
CQ Contest CQ Contest…. for some, these are poetic words. I can say I am one!
For me, contesting allows me to pit myself against the powers of the sun and propagation gods/goddesses. To eek out that one weak QSO while RF bombards the airwaves is very exciting and rewarding, especially when working a contest from the WEST COAST!
While I have had the pleasure of working a contest from the K3LR Multi-Multi station, being part of an incredible team, I enjoy the solo effort as N9JA as well as running the N7IH club station during the CQ WW Phone contest.
With the number of amateur radio licenses reaching an all time high with nearly every passing year, it may be hard to see why I’d be pitching for still more licenses and better yet, higher classes of licenses.
My biggest reason is that I love the hobby. As a hobby alone it’s a great way to get involved with technology, make friends around the world, and serve your local community. It has nearly everything to offer in the way of entertainment and challenges – with more being added every day.
When we want to extend the coverage of handheld two-way radios, the first option is typically to incorporate repeater as a solution. However, a repeater isn’t the full answer. A repeater, more times than not, will put out much more power and have a better antenna system than the portable radios that it is communicating with.
This presents a unbalanced system where the “talk out” of the repeater is much better than the “talk out” of the handhelds. In this case, the usable radius of the system is much less than what it could be.
Despite two typhoons in the past few weeks, the World Scout Jamboree is up and running in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan. More than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world are engaging in two weeks of activities and adventure, from July 28 to August 8.
The 8 is the designation for a special event call sign and the N stands for Nippon, which means Japan. Since this is the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, the last letters in the call sign are 23WSJ. Have fun with the Eight November Twenty Three World Scouting Jamboree special event station!
As a result of our recent move to Kirkland, WA, we’ve been able to set up our club station, N7IH, with new transceivers, a new tower and new antennas. It’s been a blast to specify what’s needed and then make it happen.
In an aside, I’m afraid that it is often true that the “cobbler’s children have no shoes” meaning that the cobbler can’t find the time to make his children’s shoes. That can happen to any organization, like Icom, that is so focused on working with customers and delivering fantastic products that it doesn’t take the time to enjoy its own products. In this case, amateur radio equipment.
First there is a hum. A whine. The chorus grows until the air is filled with the distinctive sound of flight. They come by the thousands. Acrobatics. Vintage. Warbirds. Homebuilts. Ultralights. Together they will turn sleepy Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, into the busiest airport in the world. It’s time again for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
This celebrated annual reunion of planes and pilots takes off July 20th and runs for seven days and nights packed with films, forums, workshops, displays, exhibits, concerts, and entertainment. Daily airshows will again amaze and inspire with noise, smoke and fire. Survivors of long-ago battles will lumber overhead. The world’s best acrobatic performers will confound the flight line with their skill and nerve. Modern aircraft of today will inspire wonder about the future.
I hope that many of you, if not all, got on the air for Field Day this year. It is always a highlight of my year. In general, I love contesting and field day is especially challenging as I usually guest operate from various field day locations all over the US. Over the years I have experienced Field Day with callsigns like N1FD, W4IY, W3AO, N7OS, KC7KEY, W0BM, W5NEM, and even did Locomotive mobile as N5R. One thing that all these callsigns have in common was the passion for this incredible hobby, and not afraid to flaunt our skills in front of non-hams! This year, I was invited to participate with the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club, W3LIF.
There are currently over 750 D-STAR repeaters in the US. During the 2014 D-STAR QSO Party (held in September each year) over 1,000 hams were on the air from 36 countries. The ten winners received an ID-51 50th Anniversary Edition HT.
This gives you a flavor for the broad reach of D-STAR here in the US and around the world. What I like about it is being able to talk with anyone throughout the world without being at the mercy of the latest sunspot count.
For example, when I was on a DX-pedition to Mozambique a few years ago I was also able to use D-STAR to talk with many Scouts who were on that weekend for Jamboree on the Air. We had reliable clear communication without the pileups and QSB/QRM etc. And, what a blast to talk with Scouts about amateur radio, their current campout, local weather, etc.