About

Hi there!

I’m Ed, and my Amateur Radio callsign is AB8OJ. I used to hold callsign KC8PIA, which was indeed a PIA to use when trying to break a pileup. I also used to hold the callsign KAHA-5748, back in the days when CB was a licensed radio service.

Someday I’ll add pictures of my ever-changing shack. For those who appreciate radio geekery, here is my obligatory equipment list.

  • HF – all Software-Defined Radios (SDRs)
    • Icom IC-7300
    • Elad FDM-Duo
    • HobbyPCB RS-HFIQ
    • Hardrock-50 amplifier
  • VHF/UHF mobile/fixed
    • Yaesu FTM-400XDR (shack)
    • Kenwood TM-V71A (car)
    • Kenwood TM-V7A (truck)
  • Handhelds
    • Pair of Kenwood TH-F6As in my Skywarn portable bag
    • Icom IC-W32A (my very first ham radio)
    • Icom T2H Sport (“Sport” means “Cheap”; it didn’t come with a rechargeable battery, just an AA battery holder)
    • Baofeng UV-5R (“Baofeng” is Chinese for “impossible to program from the keypad”)
    • TYT MD-380 DMR radio literally gathering dust while waiting for the ARROW DMR repeater
  • Mesh networking gear
    • Ubiquiti Bullet M2, which will be my outdoor node
    • Ubiquiti NanoStation M2, which will be my indoor and portable node
  • Antennas
    • Force-12 Sigma 5 (10-20 meters)
    • 40-meter wire dipole connected to an LDG RT-100 autocoupler
    • Create CLP-5130-1N log periodic (50 MHz to 1.3 GHz)
    • MP Antenna Ultra-M discone (25 MHz – 6 GHz)