Episode 102: Hamcom 2017 Interviews

Hamcom 2017

Hamcom is the ARRL West Gulf Division Convention, and it is located right here in the Dallas / Ft Worth area of North Texas.  It is about a 20-minute drive from Grapevine.

This year was my first year to setup a booth specifically to promote my video series.  The commercial booths are expensive, but, especially since this show is basically in my back yard, I thought it would be a good idea to spend the money and promote this series to lots of Hams who are familiar with the show and might have some good ideas about new episodes.

In this episode, I get to chat with Fred, WD5ERD, who is one of the directors of Hamcom.  Also we talk with Jay, W5GM, who is the new North Texas Section Manager for the ARRL.  Jay has some great ideas on educating new hams and growing interest in Amateur Radio around North Texas.

These interviews are my favorite part of a Hamfest.  I’d love to do more of them.  If you have a Hamfest that you want publicized and advertised on this YouTube series, please contact me.



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Episode 101: DV Modes Forum from Dayton Hamvention 2017

Digital Voice Modes Forum from the Dayton Hamvention 2017

The final forum that I recorded at the Dayton Hamvention.  We start with Crl from RTL-SDR, then we get to hear from Uli at Wireless Holdings about the new DV4mobile radio, then finally Mel talks to us about FreeDV and digital voice modes over HF.

Carl from RTL-SDR starts at the beginning

Uli from Wireless Holdings starts at 21:45

Mel’s talk on FreeDV starts at 36:20

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Episode 100 – Celebrating 100 Episodes of Ham Radio 2.0

I’m truly thankful to everyone who has commented, helped and supported me through these first 100 episodes of this show.  I’m really enjoying sharing my adventures through Amateur Radio with everyone.

This episode contains the drawing for the winner of the give-away mentioned in Episode 92.

Hope to hear everyone on the air!


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Episode 99: Debut of the TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR HT

TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Handheld Transceiver

Well……that only took about 4 years!  I started into DMR in 2013, but we’ve had repeaters in Texas since 2012 – and this is the first dual band DMR radio I’ve ever seen.  So far, I like it.

The TYT MD-2017 has some minor annoyances, like most Chinese radios do, but they aren’t that big of a deal.  The radio does exactly what it is supposed to do – it transmits and receives on VHF and UHF for for DMR and analog.

The programming cable is different, and the software is different, so the codeplugs are also different – different from the earlier TYT DMR HTs.  But they are similar enough where I think we will see the MD380Tools gurus with a new hack for this radio very soon.  I sure hope so.

Download the programming CPS here

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Episode 98: AREDN MESH Networking Forum from Dayton Hamvention 2017

AREDN MESH Networking Forum from Dayton Hamvention

AREDN is a new sponsor of this YouTube series!  Go visit their website at www.AREDN.org.

This forum was given by Andre, K6AH, at the 2017 Dayton Hamvention.  It details the new updates in AREDN networking, and gives details on different types of nodes setups.

MESH networking is one of my favorite new topics.  Expect to see some new videos upcoming on this show.


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Episode 97: How To Teach a 1-Day Technician Class, by KB6NU (Dayton Hamvention)

How To Teach a 1-Day Technician Class

From the Dayton Hamvention, Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, presents a forum titled, “How To Teach a 1-Day Technician Class”.  Dan gives the insights he’s used in the past to teach this class, 2-3 times per year, for the last several years.  Dan is responsible for lots of new-ham training, and he authors the No Nonsense Study Guides for all 3 license classes, which are quite helpful to get new hams licensed and existing hams upgraded.

This is the first forum that I recorded at the Dayton Hamvention 2017.  I will be posting 2 more forums after this one.


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