Using my new Yaesu FT-60 this week has been fun.

Relearning things about how radios actually work.  Yesterday, while talking on the Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club’s UHF repeater from our front year was reminded that moving as little as 12 inches could make all the difference.

I just changed the direction of how I was standing and was told that my signal had dropped off.  Went back, by just turning my body back to the right, while not actually moving physically, I was told that I again had a strong signal.

Also surprised at all the traffic I’m able to hear on 146.520, the National Simplex Frequency.

Once again that’s just using the Antenna that came with the radio.  Can’t imagine what it will be like with an antenna on our roof.


I’m having fun with my new FT-60R/E .  The more I “play” with it the more I learn about what I need to do.

Last night a local club had an on the air meeting and I was listening and figured out that there is one problem.  ME.

The radio is hearing the output of the repeaters better than I expected but I can’t hear what is being said.  On top of that, I can’t understand what is being said.

I’m not going to get into the Long and Sad Story, but I have been without hearing aids for almost a full year now and it doesn’t help to listen and participate on the air if one can’t understand what is being said.

Maybe I should come up with a Close Caption device to add on to HTs.


KI7UP has been Busy.

Even though I have not been bloging, there is a legit reason why I have not, I have been busy doing things with and for amateur radio.

I have been active as the Public Information Coordinator for the ARRL in Arizona.  That I like and even though I’m not a “ARRL Trained P I C”, I do pretty well.

I have also been spending more time that usual on my ICOM 707.  I even participated, as well as I could in a North Dakota QSO Party a few days ago.  I wonder if I will get a QSL card for that?  That would be nice.

Spent some time in the Code areas of the 3 bands I have an antenna for and was surprised at the letters I was picking out.  I need to spend more time, relearning the code.  I think if I got myself to the point that I could read about 20 25 words a minute, I would enjoy that part of Ham Radio.  I got to that point years ago, and I’m not going to let the age difference get in my way.

Just got to find…no change that to make the time.

73 for now.

Firsts for KI7UP

I spent some time yesterday listening to Field Day on the 3 bands that I can monitor.  And much to my amazement, I heard two things for the very first time on the ham bands.

The first, sit down you’re not going to believe this.  I heard a woman ham.  That’s right I could easily tell by her voice that she was feminine.   All joking aside she sounded like she knew what she was doing and I was impressed.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to contact her, but I enjoyed hearing the opposite  sex on the air.

The second, and this really did surprise me, I heard I guess a “Ham”, using the F word on the air.

Not once, Not Twice, but Three times.

Apparently from what I heard,  and I came in on the middle of the conversation, he was angry at what someone else had said and I guess rules or no rules weren’t going to hold him back.  I listened for at least another 7, 8 minutes and never heard any one’s calls.  That is to me something that happens much too often on the bands, couple of hams talking back and forth and no matter how long they are on the air, you never hear their call signs.

I also listened as a ham in Wisconsin quickly piled up contacts, and although I tried  numerous times, I never got his attention.  I did hear stations in Calif, New Mexico , and Colorado make contact, but not me.  Oh Well, I will just keep on fishing.

Don’t flood me with emails, I know that women play a big part in ham radio but it was really the very first time I have heard one on the air.

Back in my days using CW, it’s a little hard to tell, but I don’t remember going back over the logs from then, ever having worked a woman Ham on the air.

Don’t go there guys.