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  • 10 Feb 2019 8:45 AM
    Reply # 7156365 on 7008782
    Robert (Administrator)
    Robert wrote:

    we are starting to plan for ARRL Field Day 2019......... If CARA  were to purchase another Radio what would be your recommendation????????????????

    POST COMENTS or. email fieldday@caraham.org

    George VE6JZZ has given us a spread sheet template so that we can make a unbiased comparison of availabe field day radios. This has been shared with the field day group.

    The spread sheet included WANTS and NEEDS.  We will be adding anothe field for features that would add value as well.  eg detachable face plate, number of antenna ports, accessory ports, built in tuners etc.

    please forward your suggested WHAT, NEED, VALUE ADDED features to US at  fieldday@caraham.org.


  • 10 Feb 2019 2:05 AM
    Reply # 7156109 on 7155341
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)
    Harry Maylor wrote:

    Why waste the wall space and run all those wires across it?  Remote mount the radio somewhere out of the way and simply mount the control panel above the operators station and a speaker below it.  There are numerous ways to mount the control panel like put it in a RAM mount so that is could be adjusted for different sizes of operators to improve their view and use.  With a RAM mount the set up could be removed when not in use leaving just the stud on the wall.  During a rally this radio might not be used.   With the RAM mount the net control people could adapt their gear to use the mount that is the great part about the RAM system.  Heck you can even mount monitors with those mounts.  The speaker could also be used with other radios like net control for a rally.  The trailer needs to be like a Swiss Army Knife versatile and multifaceted.


    Hi Harry.  The wall space won't be wasted.  There is plenty of room to have TWO display faces and radio bodies at each operator station.  That layout has already been done to scale already.  The method shown below works very well, and the HF radio operator needs easy access to the HF radio body to attach / detach the two coax cables from the mast; and to run the data patch cords from the radio body to the laptop(s).  And, there will not be power wires cluttering up the wall space.  We have a new power wire management system that declutters.  As well, the large 27" monitors don't need to be dismounted and remounted on a regular basis; soon enough that will cause damage, and most people have their own large monitors at home anyway.  Any large monitors for the trailer should be permanently mounted.  By the way, we are in the process of mounting a permanent "A-B" speaker at each radio station in there.  The operator can flip a switch and choose between the audio going to the speaker or to a headset.  All under control.
    Last modified: 10 Feb 2019 10:32 AM | Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)
  • 09 Feb 2019 11:02 PM
    Reply # 7155987 on 7155344
    Robert (Administrator)

    Yes Harry

    Harry Maylor wrote:

    “Replacing the current HF radio means taking a $2000 asset the club bought and spending more money to replace it.  What do we do with the old radio? Flea Market to pay for the new radio?  “

    Just to put things in perspective.

    CARA purchased two TS-2000x transceivers in 2012,  7 years ago. they were originally  purchased for an IRB project at the time. One of the resulting packages was deployed at a members QTH for a number of years.  The other was available to anyone with Antenna internet and power they wished to share.  One or both packages have been used for field day and special events.

    Times change.  When the comm trailer was put together, both packages were assigened to it to provide HF through 1200meg capability.  As the trailer began to get more use for public service events the space needed by the transceiver fully packaged proved to be problematic.  Temporary VHF/UHF installs were more practical for the events.

    One of the portable packages was disassembled and used at the Club station giving VE6AO a remote available for 50 144 440 1200 Meg bands SSB and FM.


     I would say we have had a good run with the TS-2000x.  


    It is time to get an HF transceiver that is packaged as part of the COMM trailer.  The “surplus” TS-2000 would still be available for second Field day station and a backup for VE6AO.






    Last modified: 09 Feb 2019 11:05 PM | Robert (Administrator)
  • 09 Feb 2019 11:00 AM
    Reply # 7155344 on 7008782
    Harry Maylor (Administrator)

    Replacing the current HF radio means taking a $2000 asset the club bought and spending more money to replace it.  What do we do with the old radio? Flea Market to pay for the new radio?  

  • 09 Feb 2019 10:46 AM
    Reply # 7155341 on 7008782
    Harry Maylor (Administrator)

    Why waste the wall space and run all those wires across it?  Remote mount the radio somewhere out of the way and simply mount the control panel above the operators station and a speaker below it.  There are numerous ways to mount the control panel like put it in a RAM mount so that is could be adjusted for different sizes of operators to improve their view and use.  With a RAM mount the set up could be removed when not in use leaving just the stud on the wall.  During a rally this radio might not be used.   With the RAM mount the net control people could adapt their gear to use the mount that is the great part about the RAM system.  Heck you can even mount monitors with those mounts.  The speaker could also be used with other radios like net control for a rally.  The trailer needs to be like a Swiss Army Knife versatile and multifaceted.

  • 08 Feb 2019 5:57 AM
    Reply # 7153417 on 7008782
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)

    The watch word for a new HF radio for the comm trailer is "small".  Small and light, but still full featured.  That's why the massive and cumbersome Kenwood TS-2000X package is not suitable for the comm trailer.  I'm suggesting a space-saving permanent mount model, with a removable display head, that can be mounted on the wall  in front of the front operator table, along with its radio main body.  An example of a full featured HF radio, with full Morse capability, that meets those parameters is the Kenwood TS-480SAT.  Any other suggestions?  The JPG shows a wall mounted VHF/UHF radio, but the mounting style would be the same for the TS-480SAT HF radio.

    Last modified: 08 Feb 2019 6:38 AM | Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)
  • 07 Feb 2019 9:30 PM
    Reply # 7153152 on 7008782
    Robert (Administrator)
    Robert wrote:

    we are starting to plan for ARRL Field Day 2019

    If CARA were to purchase another Radio what would be your recommendation?

    Alinco ?

    http://www.rigpix.com/alinco/dxsr9t.htm

    https://www.radioworld.ca/ali-dxsr9t

    ICom ?

    https://www.radioworld.ca/ic-718

    kenwood ?

    http://www.rigpix.com/kenwood/ts480sat.htm

    https://www.radioworld.ca/kw-ts480sat

    Yasue ?

    https://www.radioworld.ca/yaesu-ftdx-101d


    Last modified: 16 Feb 2019 8:39 PM | Robert (Administrator)
  • 06 Feb 2019 6:32 AM
    Reply # 7149794 on 7008782
    Robert (Administrator)


    Robert wrote


    what are your thoughts on putting together a package  using NEW  FT 818 and 12 volt mobile amplifier like a     RM ITALY MLA100 HF Amplifiers
    Last modified: 06 Feb 2019 9:40 AM | Robert (Administrator)
  • 18 Jan 2019 5:31 PM
    Reply # 7009422 on 7008782
    Robert (Administrator)

    Did a little surfing

    found reviews on these models mentioned in FIELD DAY YOU TUBS

    TS-480 SAT https://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/3821


    TS 2000   http://www.rigpix.com/kenwood/ts2000x.htm 

    ICOM IC-7200 https://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/6933

    ICOM IC-7300  https://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/12742

    KX3 https://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/10271

    Yaesu FT-857  https://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/3046


    Last modified: 16 Feb 2019 8:32 PM | Robert (Administrator)
  • 18 Jan 2019 10:23 AM
    Reply # 7008785 on 7008782
    Robert (Administrator)

    On 2019-01-18 9:45 a.m., Peter LaGrandeur wrote:

    Hi all, The radio 'I' suggest as a "permanent resident" for the comm trailer is the Kenwood HF model TS-480SAT. We would mount it on the wall with the display unit pointing out to the operator. It would be hard wired and fused into the trailer battery system. The 480 is very small and light and is much more suitable to a small environment like the comm trailer. The TS-480 SAT includes ports on the back for both key and paddle Morse sets. Peter LaGrandeur VA6RPL
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