D-Star Simplified

  • Posted on: 22 February 2017
  • By: Mike

I recently bought a new D-Star radio, and found it very difficult to understand at first.  Lots of information out there, but nothing very simplified.  After hours of research, I was finally able to make a D-Star contact.

Now that I have used it some, I figured I would write something up to explain how it all works.



More Antenna Stuff

  • Posted on: 1 January 2017
  • By: Mike

Back about a year ago, i was given a 17m vertical antenna.  I finally was able to get it up on the roof in September.  As part of the project, I installed a 2" weatherhead through the roof to run coax through.  In the pictures, only the 17m coax is going through it.  I hope to get up there in the spring and add the other 2 antennas.


Left is the Tram 1481 2m/70cm  -  Right is the 6m Ringo


TS-430s Display

  • Posted on: 12 February 2016
  • By: Mike

I recently picked up a Kenwood TS-430s.  Great radio, but the display kept dropping out...


I got ambitious today, and took the cover off, and pulled the display board out.  I resoldered every connection on the board, and voila - it stays on great now!

Antenna Update

  • Posted on: 6 February 2016
  • By: Mike

When I first got licensed, I put a Radio Shack Discone antenna up on a chimmney mount.  I recently decided it was time to upgrade.

I went to the Lockport Hamfest, and picked up a Tram 1481 from www.rwantennastore.com

Brought it home and put it up that afternoon!


Then I decided it was time to put up the 6m Ringo that I picked up from Rich at the Drumlins Hamfest last April.  That is on the opposite corner of the chimmney.


With the new 2m antenna, I can reach the Ithaca 895 repeater from the house!




  • Posted on: 13 June 2015
  • By: Mike

I have been a little delinquent in posting lately...    


With the Tour De Cure event coming up - it was suggested that I attempt to assmeble a digipeater to put up.  I had access to a tower location, so it was just a matter of assembling something to put up at the tower.



  • Posted on: 31 March 2015
  • By: Mike

Established in the 1990’s at it’s current site on Worden Hill atop Bristol Mountain, the 145.11 Repeater antenna is the highest in this area @ 2325 Ft. ASL.  This Finger Lakes site overlooks Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Livingston, Yates and surrounding Western NY counties, with mobile coverage as far north as Watertown and HT coverage to the cities of Rochester, Canandaigua and more.



Bristol , NY
United States
42° 44' 29.7024" N, 77° 25' 29.3124" W
New York US