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.
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
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!
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!
I have had this golf cart for somewhere about 8 years now. Previously, I had a TK-880 on it, that I used on a commercial repeater for dedicated communication.
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.
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.