Episode 179: Retevis RT84 Dual Band DMR Handheld Review

A new dual band DMR HT is on the market from Retevis, with a model number of RT84. In this video, we try to load an RT82 codeplug into the radio, I show you the size comparison to the RT82, and we go through the menu of the radio. Some features of this radio match other DMR HTs and some features are different, so I hope you enjoy this short video.

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Episode 178: Bridgecom BCR-40U Repeater Setup, Part 2

In Part 2, we look at the connection of the STM32 Pi-star device, build by Scott, N3XCC, and sold on the repeater-builder website.  These devices interface via the data port in the back of the BCR-series repeaters and are fairly easy to setup.  Take a look at the video for steps.

The BCR-40U repeater is the Bridgecom 40-watt UHF repeater, but lots of clubs in my home area use the BCR-220 repeater for the 1.25M Ham Radio band. If you are interested in 220 at all, you should be following this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5JzbaXRst_EPZIH1UrXJew

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Episode 177: BridgeCom BCR-40U Repeater Setup

I’ve been looking forward to getting some time to play around with, and program, one of these Bridgecom Repeaters, and now is that time. This will be the first episode in a small series, where I show the many features of the repeater, and what it can be used for. This will also be my new portable DMR repeater that I take with me when traveling, so expect to see it in several future episodes.

The BCR-40U repeater is the Bridgecom 40-watt UHF repeater, but lots of clubs in my home area use the BCR-220 repeater for the 1.25M Ham Radio band. If you are interested in 220 at all, you should be following this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5JzbaXRst_EPZIH1UrXJew

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Episode 176: D.R.A.W.S. – the Digital Radio Amateur Workstation from NW Digital Radio, TAPR DCC

The next episode from the 2018 TAPR Digital Communications Conference comes from Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR, with NW Digital Radio, and is titled D.R.A.W.S. – the Digital Radio Amateur Workstation.

This unique device is being designed/built/sold by NW Digital Radio and it currently in high demand. In this video, Bryan discusses the features and expansion plans for the device.

Find the DRAWS Project Here: https://nwdigitalradio.com/draws

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Episode 175: Icom ID-5100a Unboxing and Programming

My primary purchase from Black Friday of 2018 was the Icom ID-5100A Mobile DSTAR Radio from R&L Electronics. This radio isn’t new, but it is the first time I have had a chance to make a video with one of these models, so I decided to post this video. I am looking forward to getting this radio mounted in my truck and doing some on-the-road videos with it, and also some DSTAR videos on this channel.

After creating this video, I did follow up with R&L and learned that the “Deluxe” model comes with the faceplate mount, and not the body mount, for the radio. The body mount is sold separately for about $30.

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Episode 174: Interview with Jay, W5GM, the ARRL NTX Section Manager

Today I get to interview Jay, W5GM, who is the outgoing Section Manager of the ARRL North Texas (NTX) section for the West Gulf Division.

Jay has been manager for 2 years, and his term is up on April 1, 2019. He has decided not to run for re-election, and we talk about those details in this video.

Additionally, I will hosting a Live Stream on this channel on January 5th, which will be an interview between Steve, KG5VK, and Ken, KD2KW, who are both running for NTX Section Manager next. I’m excited for this live stream and looking forward to the interview.

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