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Here piggy piggy….

Posted in Amateur Radio on May 24, 2010 by camarojones

OK, so it’s not so much a pig as it is a ham…Ham Radio. It is a Yaesu VX-7RB, quad-band (6m, 2m, 1.25m, and 70cm) transceiver. I’ve been out of ham radio for a while, so I went and picked up a new one.

The whole story started just a few weeks ago. At times during work, I like to listen to the radio, whether it’s AM or FM, so I started looking at pocket radios. Before I got serious though, we had a nasty storm here, and I didn’t have access to the weather bands, or local stations. The more I looked, the more I wanted to listen to HF as well. I ended up deciding on a VR-500 receiver from Yaesu. It has full receive from about 1kHz to 1GHz, with AM, FM, SSB, etc…a fully mode capable receiver. The more I read, the more folks had good things to say, except for one. This person said that for about 50 bucks more, I could buy a QUAD band transmitter, that has full AM/FM receive from 5kHz to 1GHz. Well, this covered me for all of my shortwave and HF listening (minus code and SSB), aircraft and military UHF/VHF, plus whatever else is up above…AND it gives me transmit abilities for 6m, 2m and 70cm. (1.25 is pretty much dead, and this limits me to 1/3 watt there anyway.)

Since getting this bad boy, I’ve got most of the local 2m and 70cm repeaters saved plus a few other frequencies of notice…weather, police, the local airport tower, etc. But it also did one more thing…it sparked my interest in Ham Radio once again.

I already have plans for my next rig…a mobile HF/VHF/UHF all in one rig that does all modes on all amateur bands, with full 3kHz to 1GHz receive in all modes…Now I just need to upgrade my ticket to General so I can really use the rig. lol