Need Help Reviving A Quiet Repeater Area?

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. A couple weeks ago I saw a post on Reddit where KE6YJR posted a question to the Hamradio sub reddit asking how to revive a dead Repeater area. Here is a link to that sub reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/HamRadio/comments/awpzrw/need_help_reviving_a_quiet_repeater_area/?st=JSTGSHSL&sh=857c1522 There seemed to be three main ideas answered to this question. Start a net or three – find out what is of interest in the area and make a net for people to talk about it. Throw your callsign out or ask for a…

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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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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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Controlling Your Radio With Your Phone – An ID-4100A Review

I recently heard about a new radio that has a feature that I really wish more radios had. I talked a little about it on both the RFinder and RepeaterBook podcast episodes. What I am talking about is a way to control your radio from your phone or tablet. Both of those apps had limited functionality to it, and was limited to only a small number of radios. Also they were limited to Android devices. Well it seems that someone at Icom has found a way to make this work…

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