Real talk: The IC-705 is up to the hype. Holy cow... I love this radio!
I ran 20m and D-STAR along with a few shots at a UHF repeater today and it performed beautifully. I've got a bioenno battery heading my way as backup, but wow...I will be spending a lot more time in the field with this rig. So excited!
I'm running a JOTA station with the Cub Scouts Saturday, 17-OCT 1300Z-2000Z.
20m: 14.270-14.290 Phone
20m: 14.320-14.340 Phone
40m: 7.180-7.200 Phone
40m: 7.270-7.290 Phone
We will be monitoring D-STAR all day on REF033A. We will move around on HF depending on conditions. We will be running QRP on my new IC-705.
Hope I hear you on the air!
In keeping a bit of a log as I work with the IC-705, I've come to the conclusion that all of the radios I have worked with have really horrible UI/UX.
Like, miserable UX.
Inexcusable in 2020 levels of misery.
And it just so happens that the ways in which ICOM's UI/UX are horrible makes the most sense to me of them all.
But seriously: with a touchscreen and an SDR, what is your excuse for forcing pain on your user?
I'm not ready to post a review of it on DXEngineering's site, but the IC-705 so far is ticking all the boxes I hoped that it would.
I've got that big JOTA event this weekend and that will be my chance to check it out more thoroughly in the field. I'll get to push the battery a bit and see what I can do under current conditions and with a craptastic antenna.
But I feel like I need about a dozen field trips before I review it. Definitely positive so far!
I'll post about this again later, but the Scouts are doing their annual Jamboree On The Air this weekend and I'm running a station. I'm always looking for a backup (9 year olds don't want to hear about radio and then not talk to anyone) so I'll have my Zumspot on hand. If you have D-Star capability and can get to REF033A you can probably make a Scout's day and a cool contact to boot.
I'm back to my radio blog nonsense over here: https://kc3jxq.com
Check it out if that's your kind of thing.
Finished getting my uBitx kit together. I have to say, getting the universal case added a significant % to the cost of the total kit, but it was totally worth it. Not having to fiddle with enclosures is something I'm happy to pay for at this point.
And hey, it works! Hoping to get into the field this weekend and make a few contacts.
OK. Let's get serious.
uBitx in a Harbor Freight waterproof case with a Raspberry Pi and 7" touchscreen also built into he same box.
FT4/FT8 in a lunchbox is what I'm thinking.
Getting that project list fired up for when the kids get back to school.
OK. I give!
WinLink has beaten me. I thought I understood it. But I just don't know what my expectations should be. Am I sending a message to a repeater that will push it to the internet? Or is it only for local traffic?
These are the kinds of things that I can't seem to find docs to cover. And the actual WinLink site doesn't really get into the details I'd like to see. There are assumptions everywhere.
I've written a lot of documentation, so this kinda gets my goat, ya know?
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