Today i went to get a new radio for a new adventure. I have always been on HF, everything below 30MHz.
Because the propagation is not that great and i do want to chat about a bit, i purchased my Dynascan M-6D.
This is a 2m only radio, one of the budget radios in the spanish market. I must say, a nice little radio for the money you have to toss out for it. It has all the functions you would expect from a 2 meter radio.
So now i have the task to lear all about DTMF, DCS, APO, ANI, narrow- and wide-band FM, shift, split, repeaters, etc, etc. A whole new world to explore until propagation comes back on HF.
Frequency range is the regular 136-174MHz, so can talk to the local police as well. Although i don’t know if they would appreciate that. Hehehe.
Anyway, here are the specs and if anyone from the EA3 area is reading this, give me a call.
Ever since a long time i own one of those chinese handheld, 50 bucks, 2 meter radios. It’s a Puxing PX-777 which has coverage for 136-174MHz.
You can see a review of this radio in this YouTube video.
Now, i haven’t done anything with that radio basically because the reach of the radio is not good enough. Maybe i’m doing something wrong, but i cannot get to a repeater that is 5km away from me and in line-of-sight.
So what i’m going to do now is to try to get that thing on the air again and see if, with an external antenna, i can get to that repeater and actually talk to someone on 2 meters.
I bought the 15 bucks NAGOYA UT-106 Dual Band magnet-mount antenna which has a connector to hook it directly up to the radio.
This antenna is going to sit in my gutter, next to my HF mobile antenna and my wire i use for SWL. Like this a not only have a longer antenna compared to the rubber antenna on the radio, but also the antenna will be outside of the house and on a higher position.
I just ordered the antenna, so it will take a while for it to arrive all the way from China, Hong Kong or wherever it needs to be sent from, but i will update this blog post with my finding and results.
Until then, enjoy this review of the Puxing PX-777 on YouTube.