Hints for becoming a better amateur radio operator

Your 20 years of experience on the CB means absolutely nothing to me.

You have a “name”, not a “personal”.

When you are monitoring/listening to radio transmissions, you are not “on the by, reading the mail, or on the side”.

The use of any “10 Code”, including 10-4, What’s your 20, etc. will immediately tell me all I need to know.

When you want to say hello to me, just say “Hello”. Please don’t “Wave a hand”.

It makes absolutely no sense to give your call sign, they add ‘for ID”. For what other reason than “ID” do you announce your call sign?

If I give you a nice signal report, don’t send me “flowers”, just say “thanks”.

When we complete our QSO, I will say “73”. You’ll notice I won’t say “73’s” or Seventy Thirds, or some other such nonsense.

If you come across me while in a QSO, and you want to join in…identify with your Call Sign. If you yell “Contact”, I will not answer you.

If you are increasing the RF output of your transmitter, you are not using a “LINEAR”. You are using an RF AMPLIFIER, which may or may not be “LINEAR”, depending on how poorly it is designed, or how hard you are driving it.

Don’t give me any crap if I don’t ID exactly each 10 minutes on the hour during a QSO. Go back and read Part 97 carefully.

There is a reason the owners manual is usually the first item you see in the box for your new radio. Try reading it before getting on air.

73, and good DX. WW4DX Hickory, NC

Yaesu FTDX101D(MP)

VC Tune…… aka Variable Capacitor Tuning.

In my MP the VC Tune is included for both receivers. In the D, only in the main receiver.

As for the performance of this feature, what little QRN I experience, the VC Tune will null the QRN right out. Does a hell of a job for QRM as well.

As much as I enjoyed my time with the FTDX5000MP, the FTDX101MP is leaps and bounds ahead the older, outdated models. Will Yaesu top themselves with new features on future models? You bet they will…

Amazon Prime Membership

Still worth it? No longer too me!

One of the main reasons I’ve been a Amazon Prime member for several years, was for access to the Amazon music feature. Until recently, the Amazon music feature included with the standard Amazon Prime membership, allowed downloading of music directly to ones smartphone. However that has now changed. This feature has been butchered, and now only allows streaming of music. In other words, without a Internet connection to ones smartphone, this feature no longer works as it once did. That’s probably fine and dandy for the majority of Amazon Prime members, but not for us. When we ride the motorcycles, we are usually in a remote area, that has no cell coverage. No cell coverage, no music into our Bluetooth helmets.

As for Free Shipping. Typically any order over $25.00 still has Free Shipping, with or without a Amazon Prime membership. All of our orders are always over $25.00, so why keep paying for something that has zero benefit to us?