Operating your radio equipment from a remote location is a hot item nowadays. There is the no-PC solution using Remote-Rig with a transceiver with detachable display. Remote-Rig is a smart configured controller with a closed software VoIP system. A perfect solution for K3 or FT-857 owners, but not for me. My TS-2000 is connected to a PC already, and it’s display isn’t detachable. Furthermore I don’t like carrying my transceivers display around. A TS-2000 is 100% controllable via the serial port (remember the TS-B2000 black-box version). 100% means for example that the volume control actually sends a variable voltage to the processor and the volume is digitally set. So
I love my Baofeng. Not because it’s cheap. No, I love it because it’s smart and so different from my FT-60 that I sold some time ago. The FT-60 is considered by many to be superior to the Baofeng. I’m convinced that these people have never used both. NiMH battery technology is outdated. The FT-60 drains the battery completely, after that no reception is possible anymore. A Baofeng disables transmit so you can continue receiving some some time, that’s smart… I know that this is required in order to save the Lithium-Ion battery, but it would benefit NiMH as well. Baofeng’s two channel reception is very practical.
After updating my FT100, see FT100 MLU, Murphy attacked. The PTT switch inside the mike started to act weird, just as I was on holiday and operating /A from Denmark. Of course, I didn’t expect a switch failure and thought it was RF getting into the transceiver. After some Internet research it became clear that this PTT switch failure is a common FT100 failure. One solution is to order a replacement switch from Yaesu, which apparently is still possible (at least in the US). Alternatively you can buy a new mike from Ebay for little money and upgrade to DTMF along the way (the FT100
I did a Mid Life Update (MLU) on my Yaesu FT100 transceiver recently. Originally I wanted to sell the little box. Then I looked at the alternatives, the reviews, the money I spend on accessories and I decided to keep it! Read on… One thing triggered all of this: the internal battery (CR2025 type) went dead. No that bad after 14 years of duty. I did a little research to find out what this battery actually does. Clearly, it’s not a memory backup battery; all memories and function menu settings remained intact with a dead battery. Since many alignments are done through software settings, this