Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kenwood TM-V71A- How to videos

Want to know how to add alpha tags? How about setting up the NOAA weather alert feature? If so, you've found the right place. My main ham shack radio I use for VHF/UHF is a Kenwood TM-V71A. This radio works very well for me for local repeater work as well as simplex rag chewing. Overall this radio is easy to use and program, especially with the Kenwood software. In using this radio almost daily, I've come to understand many of it's functions so decided to do some how to videos for those who are wondering. These have proven to be valuable to many hams out there, so I'm glad that I filmed them. If you have one of these radios and want to check you my videos on it, click here I will at some point do the same type of videos for my mobile radio, a Yeasu FT-7900m as well as my Kenwood TS2000. 73's

Friday, February 7, 2014

Ham Radio...what does it mean to me?

It's been several years since I first got my ticket. I thought for sure that by now I'd have done so much and talked to the world! Wrong it seems. I do have a radio in my vehicle and 2 at my desk, but in all this time I've yet to put up my G5RV jr to actually spin the dial and talk to people. I do usually turn on my dual band radio and leave it sitting on UHF and VHF call channel's, just in case there are people out there calling out. As you might expect, there isn't much traffic on there. I'm usually monitoring and will normally answer people that call out, but it's been awhile. Last field day, I used some masking tape and put the wire up on my ceiling and was able to make several contacts. Really amazed me actually, but it was fun. I hope to make some more contacts this year as well. I have been thinking about checking out my local ham radio club, but so far I've not done it. I've always been interested in radio since I was a young teenager. My parents bought me a CB base station and antenna and I was talking to several people on there. When I started driving, I put a CB in my car as did my friends. Several of the bus drivers had them as well, and I'd talk to them too. My neighbor was the one who got me into ham radio. I hadn't been aware that they dropped the code requirement, but I'm glad they did, or I'd have never got my ticket. Strangely, I now want to learn it! I know that I'm mostly writing to myself since I don't blog very often, but I wanted to get my thoughts out there onto the interwebs. Maybe it'll encourage me to get more active. 73's KM5ART

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Plano Hamcom

On Saturday, June 11th, 2011 I took and passed my Amatuer Extra test. I studied hard for 2 weeks and only missed 1 question on the test. Now all I need to do is get the rest of the money saved up for a Kenwood TS-2000.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Attention all Radio Amateurs!

A FLASH message from the West Gulf Division Director, David Woolweaver,

Your assistance to defend one of our amateur bands is urgently
requested. Please read and follow through on the requested action
described below. This is an important issue for every Amateur Radio
Operator in the nation.

You may have already heard that our 440 MHz band is being threatened by
a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. In its
current form, HR 607 provides for the creation and maintenance of a
nationwide Public Safety broadband network. As a part of that network,
the bill proposes to allocate the so-called "D-Block" of frequencies
in the 700 MHz range. The "D-Block" consists of two, 5 MHz wide
segments of spectrum (758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz) that became
available when the FCC ended analog television broadcasts in June 2009.
It was initially expected that the "D-Block" would be auctioned for
commercial use.

HR 607 provides for the reallocation of other spectrum for auction to
commercial users in order to offset the loss of revenue that will occur
as the result of the allocation of the "D-Block" to Public Safety
instead of commercial auction. Among the bands to be reallocated for
commercial auction within ten years of passage of HR 607 are the paired
bands of 420-440 MHz and 450-470 MHz.

The concept for this proposed network has merit. Everyone wants first
responders to have the radio systems they need in order to protect
themselves and us. However, there is absolutely no need to reallocate
for auction the 440 MHz band to make it happen. We must let our U.S.
Representatives know we oppose the current wording of HR 607.

What can I do? A web site to automatically prepare a letter opposing
HR 607 has been created to assist you. Go to

Insert your call sign where indicated and follow the simple
instructions. The name and address of your U.S. Representative will
automatically be inserted into the letter along with your name and
address. The letter will then be displayed ready to be printed and

IMPORTANT: Please be certain to observe the following once you have
printed your letter:

- Be sure to sign it. Letters without a handwritten signature are not

- Signed letters can be sent by fax or postal mail to -

John Chwat
Chwat & Co.,
Suite 103, 625 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax number: (703) 684-7594

- The letter can also be signed and scanned into .pdf format and then
E-Mailed as a file attachment to: Chwat and
Co. is the ARRL's legislative relations firm in Washington, D.C.

- Do not send this letter or any letter about HR 607 to your U.S.
Senators at this time. The bill has only been filed in the U.S. House
of Representatives. .

-WHY should the letter be mailed to John Chwat and NOT your
Representative? There are two reasons. First, all postal mail
addressed to members of the U.S. Congress is delayed 6 to 8 weeks to
search for the inclusion of hazardous materials. Remember the Anthrax
incident? Second, Mr. Chwat will increase the value of your individual
letter by combining it with others. He will then hand carry the stack
of letters directly to your Representative's office. This manner of
delivery makes a particular impact on members of Congress.

Share the web site information with your amateur radio friends. It is
not necessary to be an ARRL member to use the site. The more letters
sent to Representatives the better.

This is your opportunity to make a stand against this legislation.
Help save the 70cm band by completing and mailing the opposition letter
as requested.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Why provide a live scanner link?

Well, honestly, why not? I have a scanner that for the longest time was sitting around turned off. I happened upon radio reference one day and thought to myself, self since you are not using this scanner, why not stream it oline for others who may listen to it. So that's what I did.

I am a 911 Dispatcher by profession, so to me the last thing I wanted to do was come home and listen to "work". I do every now and then like to tune into what's going on in my home city, but that's usually the extent of it. It's just like anything else, if you are a plumber, that last thing you want to do is come home and do plumbing work.

I used to listen to scanners 24/7, and I wanted to share that with however many people chose to listen to my feed!!

I hope that others, if they have a chance, provide a feed if there isn't one in your area. I like what Radio Reference has done, and is doing.

Ok, that's what I got for now.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ham Radio Sweepstakes anybody?

I wish I had found this a long time ago, but alas, I know about it now.  GigaParts has a sweepstakes that you can enter daily for a chance of winning a wonderful prize!!  Now, I may end up regretting posting this, because if one of you win and I don't....well just remember you'll have me to thank for letting you know about it and, *cough* you might visit my donate button up above!!  haha