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Radio and Radio Communications

Another of my interests is radio and radio communication. For me that interest predates by several years my interest in computers.

I hold an Extra class Amateur Radio operators license, call sign AG6BN, as well as a commercial General Radiotelephone Operator license with Radar endorsement.

As for the rigs that I use I currently have the following:

  1. Yaesu FT-817ND portable HF/VHF/UHF transceiver
  2. This is a really nice little radio and I like the form factor which is similar to the old Drake TR-22. Frequency coverage is all the Ham bands from 160 meters through 440 Mhz except for the 220 Mhz band.

  3. Yaesu FT-857D mobile HF/VHF/UHF transceiver
  4. I use this one in my car and it works really well. I used the separation kit to put the faceplate on the dash so that I can see it can access the front controls easily while driving.

  5. Yaesu FT-897 base HF/VHF/UHF transceiver
  6. This radio is the one that I use at home the most often.

  7. Wouxun KG-UV3D dual band handheld transceiver
  8. This one was so inexpensive I couldn't resist getting one to just try it out. A lot of people buy this one as their first radio after they get their license.

  9. Kenwood TH-F6 Tri-band handheld transceiver
  10. Alinco DJ-G7 Tri-band handheld transceiver
  11. Alinco DJ-G29 Dual-band handheld transceiver

I also have a GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) license and I own several pairs of the GMRS handheld transcievers. These all also have FRS capability so they do not permit many of the range enhancing features allowed for GMRS such as external antennas.