Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard
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The current toy

Over the past few weeks, I've been getting a new set of radios together and running. I've become convinced that the D-Star system, developed by the Japan Amateur Radio League and built by Icom, is the future of ham radio, at least for those uses that VHF/UHF-FM currently fill. The ability to hold a conversation between systems linked across the Internet changes the game.

Here's what I've got so far. This is the repeater system itself, sitting in my attic:

The labels on the front are the frequencies it operates on. You can just see the 440 and 2 meter duplexers off to the right. The module on top is the controller; the callsign on it is temporary, and will be replaced, hopefully, on April 14 with K6ZC.

These are the radios on the desk in the office:

On top is a dual-band (2 meters and 440) radio, with a 2-meter radio just below it. The handheld is also dual-band. There'll be another radio in the stack in a week or so, this one a 1.2 GHz voice and high-speed data radio. I'll also put a new radio in the car.

I haven't gotten on the Internet link with it yet, because there's a class I need to take and pass online before I can. Hopefully, I'll get that done while I'm on my upcoming trip, so the CD will be waiting for me when I get home.
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