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SY-UV99 Dynamo Hand Crank Amateur Ham Radio

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SY-UV99 Dynamo Hand Crank Amateur Ham Radio

SY-UV99 Dynamo Hand Crank Amateur Ham Radio   It’s not often a radio comes around that really intrigues me. I’ve been in the hobby for 25+ years and really a HT is a HT. Sure some are smaller than others, may have larger screens, or digital modes, but rarely is their a true differentiator, with the exception of maybe the VX-7/8 series, or the Kenwood APRS rigs. However my eyebrows were recently perked by a small factory, with a unique offering. The SY-UV99.    Simply looking at the specs of this radio and you will wonder what is so different....

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Ham Happenings 2017 - August 27th - Duncan, BC - Island Savings Centre

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Ham Happenings 2017 - August 27th - Duncan, BC - Island Savings Centre

Ham Happenings is one of the biggest Amateur Radio & Electronics flea markets on Vancouver Island. This year the show is being sponsored by the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society (http://cvars.com), and will be held August 27th at the Island Savings Centre on James St. Doors are at 9:00AM, be early as things will wrap up before noon. This year Fleetwood Digital will be joining the other commercial vendors and will "Pop-Up Shop" booking not one, but 2 full tables of radio equipment for sale. This will represent a smaller showing than usual, so to avoid disappointment Fleetwood Digital is...

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Using Your Portable Handheld Amateur Ham Radio In A Car

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Using Your Portable Handheld Amateur Ham Radio In A Car

Can a handheld, or handy talkie, be used in a car? Of course it can. There are however several accessories that you will want to consider to make mobile operation safer and more robust. While not necessary, here is why you should consider the following to make mobile life less complicated. Keep your radio powered! On a long road trip the last thing you want is to make a call for local directions as you approach your destination and the battery icon starts to flash. Dead battery. This is where the BATTERY ELIMINATOR comes in handy. With a battery eliminator...

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Keep Your Amateur Ham Radio Powered and Running - #hamradio

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Keep Your Amateur Ham Radio Powered and Running - #hamradio

Due to the nature of two way radios keeping them running over extended periods of time is a bit different to what the norm has become. With a cell phone you simply plug it into a car charger, or USB port, and your in business, with a ham radio it's a different story. While a "car charger" does exist, this simply connects the charging base to the 12V socket and allows you to charge the battery, it is not advisable to transmit with the radio on the charging base. Here is where a second battery would really come in handy....

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A Radio That For Once You Can Take Out Without The XYL Rolling Her Eyes :)

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A Radio That For Once You Can Take Out Without The XYL Rolling Her Eyes :)

Most of us have all been in this situation. Heading out the door with the XYL (For those not into ham-speak that is your wife/girlfriend/partner) and you grab your radio, only to get "the look" or even worse, the "evil eye", and you place the radio back down and leave it at home. You ponder next time sneaking it into your jacket pocket, but thats not going to work as she will see it when you pull it out to key up the repeater. You could clip it onto your belt, but she will notice it there too.  What if...

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