Category Archives: Product Reviews

Ten-Tec 538 Jupiter: Conversations with Paul, GM4ULS

Paul, GM4ULS, and I exchanged several emails in August, 2013, about the Ten-Tec Jupiter, which Ten-Tec lists as their Model 538 HF transceiver. This great rig has been in their lineup for over a decade and was discontinued only recently. … Continue reading

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Baofeng UV-5R+ on APRS – Works Great!

The Baofeng* UV-5R+ on APRS? Yes, it works! The Baofeng UV-5R+ is an incredibly inexpensive Chinese dual-band handheld, putting out 4 watts on its internal battery. See my review here. Today brought gorgeous weather, but I can’t ride because of … Continue reading

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BaoFeng UV-5R+ ham radio — incredibly inexpensive dual-band handheld

I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive equipment to recommend to new hams, and the BaoFeng UV-5R+, at around $60 including shipping on Amazon, fits that bill. Here’s the review I wrote for Amazon: “I put my new Chinese Baofeng … Continue reading

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Out with Skybeam, In with WifiElite!

I finally gave up on Skybeam and now use WifiElite broadband. Much faster, doesn’t drop several times a day, etc. What I found really interesting is they were willing to do the installation even though everything here is covered in … Continue reading

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C’mon Amazon, ship the way you say you will!

Amazon, like any large shipper, is always looking for the least expensive way to get packages from Point A (their warehouse) to Point B (my home). We live way, way in the boonies, so we like to get our stuff … Continue reading

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Wouxun KG-UV3D on APRS – Works Great!

I tested out my Wouxun KG-UV3D on APRS on Thursday, Sept 1st. The equipment went into my Blazer with a mag-mount antenna. As you can see from the following GPS track, the equipment performed well. This post describes my system, … Continue reading

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APRS vs Handheld GPS: Discrepancies Explained

GPS precision is a function of the number of decimal places after the decimal point. Why is that important? Well, the APRS tracks that I’ve taken recently while riding my motorcycle do not agree with the track taken by my … Continue reading

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APRS: Marrying Motorcycling and Ham Radio

Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is a ham radio mode. It does many things. Here we look at the tracker mode. When I go motorcycling I carry a GPS receiver, a DeLorme PN-40SE. This web site is full of GPS … Continue reading

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Ten-Tec Jupiter—after ten years

The Ten-Tec Jupiter (Model 538), now ten years old, is at the core of my current HF station, as seen in the image at the right taken only a few minutes ago. I wrote an earlier post reprinting the review … Continue reading

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DeLorme RAM Motorsports Mount for PN-series GPS

On my first ride of the 2011 season, I did the usual: I took along my DeLorme PN-40SE GPS receiver. And, I had it tucked sort of into the tank bag map folder. Continuing with the usual, it collected the … Continue reading

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