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Improving your Handy Talkie

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by M1MRB, Jan 17, 2021.

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  1. M1MRB

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    ICQPodcast Episode 342

    In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard (M0TCH), Martin Rothwell (M0SGL), Ed Durrant (DD5LP), Frank Howell (K4FMH) and Bill Barnes (WC3B) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and in this episode’s features How to improve your Handy Talkie.


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    News stories include: -
    • New WSJT mode Q65
    • Digital Modes on any Android Device
    • Radio Ham Raises Money for 'NHS Charities Together'
    • 2021 Carole Perry Educator of the Year Announced
    • AMSAT/Vanderbilt RadFXSat-2/Fox 1E Set to Launch
    • Hamvention 2021 Cancelled
    • QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo March 2021
    • Winter 2021 AM QSO Party
    • Available/Reserved UK Amateur Radio Callsigns
    The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from

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  2. N3EG

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    Step 1: Throw out that speaker mic.
    KF2ZZ, KC1FUU, W2TH and 2 others like this.
  3. K9GLS

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    Improving your handy talkie....
    1. Get your general license
    2. Throw said handy talkie in the trash. :D
    KI4ZUQ, N3TDE, W2TH and 13 others like this.
  4. KA8VNG

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    Add an amplifier & a beam !!!
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  5. N1IPU

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    My first handheld was an IC-2at. Still got it though batteries are long dead. Sure beats starting out with a Baofeng.
    NH7R, G6PBS, W2CQ and 7 others like this.
  6. W4HWD

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    Mine was a Tempo S1. I wanted a Santec ST-144uP but couldn't afford it.

    No blowfang for me thank you.
  7. WA6FX

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    FT-470 here. That radio was bullet proof and a great performer
    W1LV, N6SPP, K9CTB and 3 others like this.
  8. WD8BP

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    Mine was Yaesu FT-207R ... 2 meter brick ...with LED readout! Could not see the freq readout when outside! Had to cover display to see what freq I was on. Battery life was horrible, but made many contacts with it.
  9. KU4X

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    FT-470 here. Mine still is...:D

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  10. KU4X

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    Unless that speaker mic is an MH-29A2B attached to an FT-530.

    I don't normally carry an HT.
    But when I do, it's my FT-530 w/ an MH-29A2B Remote Control Speaker Mic.
    (The Least Interesting Ham In The World.).

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