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

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.


Kenwood TK-x30 Series

  • Posted on: 30 March 2015
  • By: Mike

Recently I made a barter deal to trade one of my TK-880's for a TK-630.  I was talking with a friend on the air the other day, and we were discussing remote mount kits and how people like to cut the cables short when they remove them from municipal vehicles.

I promised him, that I would take some pictures for him, of how the remote mount kit, and wiring all goes together.  I figured I would post it here, as there is always the possibility that someone else needs the info too.