Monday, October 8, 2018

APRS

For those looking for me via APRS...

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I am usually mobile in the Jeep as KE3R-9 (via the TM-710G,) or when out and about as KE3R-7 (via the TH-D7A.) Since I use the Jeep when spotting, -9 is my usual 'spotter' position as well. In the past I have participated in some S&R operations, and I will frequently use -7 there, and have the 710 set up in cross-band repeat mode to enhance my signal.

At home, I will frequently have my 'aprs.fi' beacon going when working, and my iPhone is charging. This will show me as -10...

Finally, you can find me on 'http://www.spotternetwork.org' under my callsign as well.

My Virtual Ham Shack - UPDATED

My Virtual Ham Shack - updated 10/8/2018

Why the update? Due to the FCC's ruling that operating Baofeng radios will be illegal, I discontinued use of all my Baofeng radios... 

Who am I?

My name is Alain (“Alan”) Zarinelli, KE3R. I am an Amateur Extra licensed amateur radio ('ham radio') operator, primarily interested in emergency communications and HF long distance contacts.

Besides amateur radio, I am also active on GMRS (license WQNZ623).


My gear is a bit of a mix:
  • Icom IC-756PRO as my HF rig, fed by a 160m-6m Windom;
  • Yaesu FT-2900R as my 2m base station rig, fed by a GP-9;
  • Yaesu FT-60R as my home handheld (backup for the 2900;)
  • Kenwood TH-D710G in the Jeep, into a Larsen 2m/70cm hi-gain antenna;
  • Kenwood TH-D700AE in the Subaru, into a Larsen mag-mount 2m/70cm on the roof.
  • Kenwood handhelds: A TH-D72A as a backup for Jeep (or when hiking,) and TH-D7A as a backup in the house;
  • Various Kenwood TK commercial radios, programmed for the GMRS channels (Note: Since FRS channels are restricted in power and must not use removable-antenna radios, no FRS channels have been programmed into these radios!)


Of my Gear: What I Recommend

My favorite gear.
  • For GMRS operation, clearly the Kenwood TK series of radios are my favorites. 
  • For amateur radio,
    • my favorite handheld is the TH-D72A;
    • my favorite mobile is the TM-D710G;
    • my favorite at home is the IC-756PRO.


Where I Spend Most of My Time

When at home, I mostly operate HF. I do monitor 146.52MHz on my 2900R, but am not usually active on VHF or UHF - unless during bad weather or emergency...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

My Virtual Ham Shack

Welcome to my Virtual Ham Shack

Welcome to my Virtual Ham Shack

Who am I?

My name is Alain (“Alan”) Zarinelli, KE3R. I am an Amateur Extra licensed amateur radio operator, primarily interested in emergency communications and HF long distance contacts.
Besides amateur radio, I am also active on GMRS (license WQNZ623).
My gear is a bit of a mix:

Of my Gear: What I Recommend

More detail on this to come in a later post. For now, I’ll just mention my favorite gear.
For GMRS operation, clearly the Kenwood TK series of radios are my favorites. If Baofeng/Pofung receives authorization to use their F8HP radios on the GMRS band, I might switch over due to their higher power output (8W vs. 5W.)
For amateur radio, my favorite handheld is the F8HP. It’s a bit cludgy in its operation (menu system), but once configured it is pretty straightforward. Especially convenient is the fact that it can be programmed easily using CHIRP, although a separate cable is required… The same applies to the BTECH 5001 mobile radio. While I typically only use it on amateur radio bands, the fact that it is capable of transmitting on a wide range of bands makes it very handy in emergency situations. And it can be programmed using the CHIRP software as well (albeit using another cable.)