Icom ID-31A Plus HT Review

Today we have another quick review! This time take a look at the Icom ID-31A Plus. It is a 70cm only DStar Handheld Transceiver. Check out the video to learn more about this nice little HT then check out the links below to purchase the radio or one of the accessories mentioned in the video. Radio – https://amzn.to/2HxGNmm BNC-SMA Adapter – https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-003507 Cigarette Lighter Adapter – ICOM IC-CP12L – https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-003691 Wall Charger – ICOM IC-BC-167SA – https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-010557 Remote Control Speaker/Mic – ICOM IC-HM-75LS – https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-011514 1150 mAh Battery – ICOM…

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ARES Program Updated

It’s about time! I have been a ham now for over 20 years, and in that I have been a member of our local ARES group as well. During that time the requirements for being a member has changed on the program level but has changed on our local level. With the introduction of the NIMS system over 15 years ago, our local group implemented the requirements of the IC-100 and IC-800 course to be able to participate in the group. This was mainly done in response to the agencies…

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ETH097 – An Oopsy Causes A Big Scare!

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! Tech Corner Hawaii’s recent ballistic missile scare    http://www.everythinghamradio.com/2017/07/ham-radio-license/   http://www.everythinghamradio.com/2018/02/contesting-killing-hobby/   Ham Radio 360 – All Good Things Must Come To An End   West Mountain Radio The Epic PWRgate is West Mountain Radio’s 3rd generation power gate product. It uses advanced technology to achieve a very low power loss and has maximum flexibility to charge modern batteries. Epic PWRgate is a 12 volt backup power system rated at 40 amperes continuous from either a Power Supply or…

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ETH091 – Christmas Wish List 2017

  Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are joined by Ian Kahn, KM4IK, as a guest host. We talk about Christmas, or more specifically ideas for a Shout Out to Eric Harrison. Eric sent me an email this past weekend tell me that he passed his Technician Class Test. In his email he wrote, “Thanks for making the podcast. Between it and the No Nonsense study guide, I’m Convinced that’s what made it possible.” Also I want to give a shout…

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ETH088 – Near Vertical Incedence Skywave (NVIS)

    Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk with Ben Doran, N8BD, about Near Vertical Incidence Skywave or NVIS for short(since I have the hardest time saying Incidence…lol). Tech Corner – Near Vertical Incidence Skywave What is Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) NVIS is an ionospheric skip operating technique that directs the strongest signals from a station vertically, or upward, rather than toward the horizon. Signals propagating nearly vertically approach the ionosphere with steep incidence angles and may…

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The National Simulated Emergency Test is Approaching Fast

Are you involved in ARES or RACES? Does your local group do a simulated emergency test (SET)? If they do, the national SET is coming up in October on the 7th and 8th. This is the perfect time for your local group to set up an emergency drill. Why should you drill? Anytime you have a large group of people in multiple agencies it is a good idea to get together at least once a year so that you know and they know what each other can do. In my…

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Why Should I Get My Ham Radio License?

I recently read a reddit post about a gentleman that was having a hard time thinking of why he should get his ham radio license. He stated that he had heard about just the talking aspect of it, but he couldn’t “justify” doing the studying for the license and buying the radios just for talking and was asking what else the hobby had to offer. On one hand, I have to think to myself, If you have to talk yourself into getting a ham license or justify spending was is…

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ETH010 – Emergency Preparedness

In this episode we continue our emergency preparedness series. Last week we talked about different types of training that you should learn in order to prepare yourself for if or when you are ever involved in a major incident, today we are going to talk about things that you should do. We also talk about the Davie/Cooper City Amateur Radio Club in the Amateur Radio Club Spotlight a little later on. Show notes and further reading for this episode can be found at http://www.everythinghamradio.com/podcast/10/ Know Your Equipment Probably one of…

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Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

Hello everybody! Back in May I wrote a post about a bill that had been introduced in the US House of Representatives, HR-1301. As I wrote in my previous blog, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, this bill would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodations of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions, such as Home Owner Associations and/or land deed restrictions. HR-1301 was introduced into the House back on March 4, 2015 by US Rep Adam Kinzinger(R-IL) and had 12 co-sponsers from…

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Has it already been a year?

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! A couple weeks ago, I was doing my normal morning routine, part of which is looking at facebook to see if there is anything that I find of interest. As, I’m sure, most of yall are aware of, Facebook recently started showing a flashback list of any post that you have posted. One of those posts was my very first blog entry. My first blog post was on June 11, 2014. I thought that I would go back and do a kind…

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