Category Archives: FM

How to enable cross band repeater on an Icom ID-5100E

How to enable cross band repeater mode and extended transmit on the Icom ID-5100E Continue reading

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Digital audio noise on receive when using WIRES-X

Back in February, I bought myself a Yaesu FTM-100DE with the intent to use it connected to a PC for WIRES-X. In the meantime, I’ve been using it to talk to friends via a YSFReflector and I wrote about how … Continue reading

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Installing a radio into my car

About a year ago I changed my car and it’s taken a while to get around to fitting the radio into it. I’ve missed having a wireless in the car and recently resorted to keeping a handheld in the glove … Continue reading

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Updated guide to setting up an APRS RX only iGate using a Raspberry Pi, RTL-SDR dongle and a pre-built image

** image has been updated as of 21/04/2018 to resolve the problems some people had booting their Pi ** This post is an updated version of the original article I wrote in February 2017.  It’s using Raspbian Stretch rather than … Continue reading

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DMR – My thoughts about Digital Mobile Radio

I’ve written a couple of times in the past about various digital voice modes and if I’m honest, I’ve been quite scathing of them.  I make no secret of the fact that I’m very happy to use repeaters for local … Continue reading

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Are you transmitting illegally on 70cms?

An interesting subject came up on our 70cms voice repeater earlier today following an incident on a local DMR box yesterday and it got me thinking. There are a lot of 70cms repeaters in the UK with input frequencies between … Continue reading

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How to replace the noisy fan in an Icom ID-5100 with a much quieter one

I’m a happy owner of two Icom ID-5100 radios, one is mounted in the car and I use the other one in the shack on low power for working the local repeaters.  It doesn’t get much use but I’m monitoring GB3CL … Continue reading

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