In May 2010, I passed the Radio Amateur “Full” exam. Even though I have a bachelor degree in electronics (a long time ago, in a galaxy far away…), the exam was quite difficult.


Home is at locator JO21RK. I do not yet have a base transceiver, just a couple of handhelds. This will undoubtedly change, depending on XYL / CFO permission ;-)

My radios

Puxing PX-777 Plus

To celebrate passing my F-exam, I bought a couple of PX-777 Plus 70cm transceivers at 409shop.com. They’re cheap but surprisingly nice little radios.

Wouxun KG-UV2D

In July 2010, I purchased this very nice dual-band 2m/70cm transceiver from Hamradioshop. It is actually the same radio as the immensely popular Wouxun KG-UVD1P, with only cosmetic changes. The charger doesn’t need a “wall-wart” adapter like the Puxing does, it plugs straight into the mains. Good!

The most recent programming software (v1.15) is available from Wouxun. This software works fine with my PL-2303 USB-to-Serial cable.

Kenwood TH-D72E

In April 2011, I purchased this fancy high-end 2m/70cm transceiver with built-in TNC, GPS and APRS from RAHshop.nl. Unfortunately, it turned out that Ronald sold me a second-hand unit as new. I will never shop there again – I don’t like being lied to.

The TH-D72 gets very good reviews on eHam.net, despite the steep price. The most recent MCP-04A programming software (v1.01, Windows only) is available from Kenwood as a free download. I hope to get my transceiver working with Xastir on Mac / Linux shortly.

Mobile transceiver

I’m still looking for my first base/mobile transceiver. I’m torn between the dual-band Kenwood TM-D710 / Yaesu FT-8900R or perhaps an All-band HF rig like the Kenwood TS-480SAT or Yaesu FT-857D. Choices, choices…

The Kenwood TM-D710 is an all-in-one package with TNC, APRS support etc. built into the rig. It gets very good reviews over at eHam.

Linking your Radio with Internet

HAM magazines


Radio Amateur info

Electronics and Radio Amateur (Web-)Shops

Radio Services

  • USA and Canada
    • FRS – Family Radio Service
    • GMRS – General Mobile Radio Service
    • MURS – Multi-Use Radio Service, 2m
  • Europe
    • LPD433 – Low Power Device, 433MHz
    • PMR446 – Personal Mobile Radio, 446 MHz

Radio Repeaters


Digital modes

Emergency Services

See Also

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