TYT Quad Band TH-9800 Review

Today we are going to be talking about the TYT Quad Band Transceiver, the TH-9800. This radio is a clone of the Yaesu FT-8900 but at about $180-200 cheaper! By clone, I am this thing LOOKS exactly like the FT-8900 with the exception of the brand name. Specifications With over 800 Alphanumeric Memory channels, you will never run out of memory channels. If you do, then you go to a lot more places than I do with my radio. One of the things that I look for in a radio…

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Make Ham Radio A Habit

Guest post by Dan Romanchik, KB6NU Every week, I get an email newsletter from Penguin Random House called Signature. Signature includes links to articles about books and writing. Being a writer, I clicked on the link to “5 Good Writing Habits You Need to Learn Now.” As I was reading the article, it occurred to me that the advice could also apply to amateur radio. So, with apologies to the author, Lorraine Berry, here are five things you can do to make ham radio a habit: 1. To get on the air more,…

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It Amazed Me!

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! Can y’all believe that it is already December? It has been almost a year since I ended my podcast. It amazes me how time flies! Something else that amazes me is that while I was getting ready to write a post for this week, I checked out my stats. Even though I haven’t been regularly posting this year I am still getting good traffic to my site and actually have more unique visitors this year than I did last year. I…

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The Successful Ham Radio Operator’s Handbook

This new book is aimed at new or returning hams, to help them understand the practical aspects of the hobby, how to use their radios, build antennas and baluns, and get on the air successfully.  In it you will find explanations of how the various parts of your ham radio – the transmitter and receiver – work, plus how these are being implemented using software defined radio technology.  Operating techniques for VHF/UHF repeaters, HF radio DXing techniques, and the new digital modes are covered. Radio propagation, antennas, transmission lines, SWR and…

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Radio Etiquette

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. This past Sunday I was lucky enough to be off during one of my local Christmas Parades. This parade is one that my ham radio club always helps with. Due to my job, I am not always able to help with club functions or make the monthly meetings but I do when I can. When I was active in the club, I had been an officer since the club started in 1995 and was/am Vice President of it the last time…

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Big changes ahead for ARRL board

The results are finally in. No, I’m not talking about the national mid-term election results. As I’m writing this, some of those votes are still being counted. I’m talking about this year’s ARRL board elections. ARRL members have spoken, and they have elected four new faces to the board in what was the most hotly-contested election in a long time. Three of the five incumbents, plus an incumbent vice director running for the Northwest Division director position, were defeated by candidates calling for more transparency and for changes in the way that the ARRL operates. Here…

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SKYWARN Recognition Day – 2018

Hey Everybody! Sorry for the late notice on this! Hopefully y’all have already seen this or at least will see it in time to participate a little bit. This Saturday, December 1, 2018 is this year’s Skywarn Recognition Day from 000z to 2400z. Below is the story from the ARRL with links to more information. Maybe I will talk to some of you on the air for this! 2018 SKYWARN™ Recognition Day December 1, 2018 from 0000z to 2400z SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service…

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Help a Ham 2018 – MTC Radio

Hey everybody! One of the things that’s I have always loved about this hobby is that people work together and help each other so much. This holds true with MTC Radio as well. The past few years they have been doing a special around Christmas time where people could donate as little as $1 and it will be added to a pot and then around Dec 20, they pick a ham in need and give them some ham radio gear. People from around the hobby can nominate people to receive…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Howdy everybody and welcome back to my blog. I know that I haven’t been very regular here lately, and for that I apologize. I would say that I have just been so busy that I haven’t had time to write anything but that wouldn’t be true. However, in a way I have been pretty busy and haven’t felt like working more while I’m at my RL job. So whatever the reason for me not posting anything regularly, I hope to start posting more than I have. So how was everyone’s…

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Have you taken a break from Ham Radio?

I’m sure everyone has sometime in their “ham radio career”. Every person has a reason for it too. It could be just plain lose of interest, family reasons , financial reasons, or several other reasons as well. Over my 23 years of being a ham, I have taken several breaks myself. Most of them have been a combination of the three above. There were times when my radio went out and I couldn’t afford to get it fixed or buy a new one. One time my antenna went out and…

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