New Amateur Radio Equipment

My “replacement” HTX-202 2m HT finally arrived, as well as my Standard C528a 2m/70cm. I was a bit disappointed so far in the C528a’s ability to pick up various repeater traffic in the area, but the ‘202 is working well. I haven’t transmitted with it yet as I’d like to check the tuning, etc., but it’s in great condition. My old one is rough and needed an antenna, so I was very happy when I found a better one for a good price. I was able to pick up the Richmond repeater tonight; one side of the conversation was very strong while the other side was clear but not very loud.

The Standard C528a was cheap as someone had taken it as part of a series of trades on another item. They didn’t need or want it as they have several Icom HTs. After opening it up, I found someone had re-capped portions of it but did a poor job of it. I’ll probably order a cap kit from eBay at some point as I think that will improve its performance. Also need a CTCSS module as it appears that the Standard won’t be able to do more than receive repeater traffic. That, or I’ll just sell it and buy an HTX-404 to supplement the ‘202.

General class test passed!

Whoo-hoo! I passed the General class Amateur Radio test (29 out of 35). Now all I need is a better radio than my current 2m handheld. I’m hoping to pickup at least a 10m or multi-band, even a broken one, in the next few weeks and actually get back on the air.

Also took the Extra class exam cold. Scored 28 out of 50, which isn’t bad, I guess, considering I haven’t even looked at most of the Extra stuff.