News from the Martinez Amateur Radio Team
Antenna Adventures, Atmospheric Conditions
Andy has 33 feet of Cat5, all strands bonded together at the base and up into a tree, and four 33 foot radials each of one pair of said Cat5 on his balcony. 25 feet-ish of coax to the LDG auto tuner and then to the IC-707! Jim B. added his thoughts on this set up in current atmospheric conditions.
Ode to Chinese Radios (2018)
This week a couple of us from the club met up to program our Baofeng radios to a more standard programming. Did you know there is a recommended first 10 frequencies to be programmed on your Baofeng? I did not, so I have added the first 10 to my radio and we had a good discussion on how to group your frequencies. Group them alphabetically? By Frequency? By band? or random as my radio was.
But that is not the point of this Ode to Chinese Radios. I had always thought that the Chinese Radios were going to take over the Amateur Radiomarket. The price point is so low, that we would be willing to live with their quarks of programming or their slightly clunky operation.
These are my opinions and thoughts on the fabulous influx of inexpensive Chinese radios. [More]