New Equipment

Some new equipment has arrived in the shack recently. Not sure how all this stuff gets in here :-).

I found a great deal on a lightly-used Yaesu FT-950 HF/6-meter transceiver. This rig is not currently in production but is only a few years old. You can read about it on Universal Radio’s web site here: http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/0950.html

Late last year a friend of mine noticed that many dealers were having clearance specials on the Yaesu FT1DR digital handheld transceiver. Several of us got them. Plus, KY4K has installed a Yaesu System Fusion repeater here. System Fusion is one of several digital voice protocols currently in use in VHF/UHF amateur radio. But the nice thing about System Fusion equipment is it simultaneously supports both analog and digital voice. You can read about the FT1DR here:

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0111.html

Last but not least, at a nearby flea market I found a Grecom PSR-400 scanner for 10 bucks. The PSR-400 does not support any of the digital modes becoming more-and-more common in public-service communications. But it does support analog trunking, which is still used extensively here. I was able to figure out how to program this scanner with my computer, and it has become a mainstay in my shack. Read about it here:

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/scanners/2527.html

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