When I was home and not involved in other activities and there were quite a few yesterday, I took the time to clear off the desk that I plan to move my ICOM 707 to that is closer to my computer.

It’s not so much that I want to connect the two but I just feel like I want to do away with the second desk in my office (HAM SHACK) and gain space.

Although connecting the two would allow me to use the 707 in ways that I haven’t tried or even thought of.



radio1426503012011 001Down hill toward the weekend.

The SARC had a net last night at 7 PM but I was would you believe  taking  a nap after taking some medicine as my legs were causing me a great deal of pain.  It’s so much fun being old.

I did think and make some plans to move my ICOM 707 to another desk in my office (HAM SHACK) which will put it closer to my computer.  I have also been thinking of removing the desk that the 707 is on now and re-arranging the room.  In my mine right now less (furniture) is better


Starting Tomorrow.

Tomorrow and through this Friday, I’m going to tell you what my thoughts are about moving into VHF/UHF.

While I pretty much know what direction I want to go as I get back into VHF/UHF, I still will welcome any comments as to the direction I will finally take.

The list will appear starting tomorrow.



Made up my mind.

I have decided what I’m going to do about getting into VHF/UHF.

After spending the better part of 2 years, it’s about time I made a move.

I have to kick myself for having sold a handheld I found in my office closet.  Even though it was not new, according to the ham I sold it to,  a new battery and it was as good as new.

Now you’re just going to have to wait until my new radio gets here and I can include pictures, to find out what I did.

10 Meters

Wanting to take advantage of the activity on 10 meters, that’s where I put the ICOM 707 this afternoon here in a cool Scottsdale Arizona.

That’s where I have been for the last hour and a half.

Scanning manually  up and down the band, attempting to find transmission to at least listen to.

For the first time in the past 4 days I actually did find something I could listen to.  But, let me be honest, it’s either my hearing or every ham out there speaks so “Damn” fast it was all I could do to get even close to what they were saying.

I also must have been hearing call signs from operators in other countries and I was not familiar with them, so I didn’t under stand the calls.  I was able to at least understand several transmission that were not in English, but at least I figured that out.

I was able to understand a fellow ham in Indiana, but that’s all I was able to get, his call sign was sent out so fast I missed all but the last letter of his call, I think, and that was R.

It’s a good thing I’m not working as a radio operator on an ocean going liner.

Now I could be frustrated, and yes to be honest I am a little, but now is not the time to give up.  At least today I did here a couple transmissions and yes I was able at least to pick out part of what was being said.

The Solar activity is going to be on 10 meters awhile longer and I just need to get into the habit of spending at least an hour a day, and at different times of the day on 10, just listening.

I’m like 90% sure that the transmit part of my ICOM 707 is working so contacts will come down the road.  But I just need to spend more time with my amateur Headphones plug in and the radio being on.

Another Radio.

I’m in the process of picking out another radio.

I want to add the capability of VHF/UHF to the 3 HF bands I have now.  I also want to be able to take it with me, when I leave the house.

That means I have two direction I can go.  Buy a handheld or buy a base/mobile.  The handheld has many advantages, and when I think about it, so does a base/mobile.

I guess the one thing about a base mobile, it would take a couple minutes to hook it up in the van.  While a handheld, just grab it and out the door you go.  Connect an antenna, installed on the van and I would be on the air.

I am considering a whole bunch of radios, from ICOM, Yaesu, Kenwood, and Wouxum.  For some reason, please don’t ask why I feel that I should have D-Star capabilities, but at the same time price is a concern.

Hopefully I will make a decision quickly.

As Promised.

Here it is, as I promised, a picture of KI7UP’s Ham Shack misses the computer.

I removed it because it never worked with the radio, so what is the point of having it, taking up space and using electricity.  I am on a use less power kick to boot.

No question I have room to grow.  I would really like to add a VHF/UHF transceiver and it would not matter to me, if it were a handheld or a mobile/base station.    The latter might work out fine as I do spend a lot of time here at the house.

So if any of you readers has a radio that that fits, and you want to pass it on at a “reasonable” price…let me know.


I have made some changes to my Ham Shack.

To me, Amateur Radio is using a radio.  With this in mind, I have removed the computer that I had linked to my ICOM 707 HF base station.

There is no question that having a computer to help with the operation of a radio, can add to the capabilities, but to me it felt like I was working on the Internet.  And one doesn’t need a power supply, HF transceiver, or antenna to do that.

The link between the 707 and the computer never really worked, so that might have a little to do with my decision to do away with the computer.  Even so, playing with the knobs of the radio is just plan more fun than working with a keyboard and mouse.

(I’ll take a picture in the next day or so and write another blog and include it.  I’m just too lazy today.)