Saturday, January 09, 2010

If you are look for a two meter mobile 

I just heard, and confirmed via their web site, that Ham Radio Outlet is having a close out sale on the Yaesu FT-2800M transceiver. Production of this radio was discontinued in 2009 and it has been replaced by the FT-2900M which looking at the specifications seems to be the same radio with ten watts additional power output. I did not check other dealers so if you look around you may find similar prices or even better. Although if you find an FT-2800M for less than $100 you are getting a heck of a deal.

I have an FT-2800M and it is a really great rig. Solid as a rock and lots of nice features. The only thing it has against it in this day of matchbox sized cars is trying to find a place to mount it under the dash. That is assuming that you have a "dash" to mount it under. The rig has a massive heat sink on the back of it that makes up the bulk of the frame of the radio.

I just thought I would pass this tidbit along to the blog in case Santa forgot to leave any radio toys under the tree this year.

While I'm at it let me put in a shameless plug for one of the vendors that supports our largest local ham fest here in the Pittsburgh area. If you are looking to buy a new rig be it Icom, Kenwood or Yaesu consider placing your order with KJI Electronics. The Breeze Shooters Ham Fest is one of the largest in the Pittsburgh area and KJI has been very supportive of both the club and the ham fest. I like to return the favor when the chance arises. So give them a call and see if they have a similar price. Often times they will match a sale price if you call and ask. Good people, give them a chance.


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Yet another silent key from the greatest generation 

I missed this obituary but Chuck/W3YNI caught it and posted it to the Skyview Radio Society mailing list. These were the guys who I looked up to as a teenager some of whom where my Elmer's at the tender age of twelve which is about the time I serious about getting a ham license. Took another two years but I made it. God bless all those who used their radio skills to server their country. Note the photo in this entry is not Mr. Baur but an example image I pulled from the net.

Penn Hills veteran's radio skills saved lives during WWII

The hobby that Ernie Baur treasured as a high school teenager proved to be a life-saver for many of the GIs fighting in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

"He was 16 years old when he learned Morse Code, was licensed and became known as W3UHB," said his son, Thomas Baur of Greensburg.

As a member of the Army's 127th Signal Radio Intelligence Company, Mr. Baur spent the war decoding Japanese radio messages that enabled the U.S. military to pinpoint Japanese troop and naval movements and avoid surprise attacks.

Ernest K. "Ernie" Baur of Penn Hills died on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, in Seneca Place Nursing Home, Penn Hills. He was 85.

You can read the entire obituary by following this LINK.


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Happy New Year! 

Greetings to the readers of the blog. I hope that you have had a very blessed Christmas, if you are a Christian that is, and that otherwise you have had a great holiday season. I know I did and I'm looking forward to the coming year for which one of my famous or infamous New Year resolutions will be to become more active in amateur radio.

Part of that will involve keeping the blog more up to date without simply blathering on about nothing in general. I will be searching the web for other blogs that provide information and are of interest to amateur radio operators. So here is my first entry for the new year.


Enjoy and feel free to comment or send me your own suggestions via email. Wishing all of you a prospers and productive New Year.

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