It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Since then I acquired a D-STAR radio for the house.
I wanted a radio at the house to play with for a while and found a sweet deal on this Icom ID-880h.
There’s nothing special about the install. The base unit is on a shelf close by and I screwed a piece of metal into the wall so the magnets on the back of the head unit would have something to grab.
I decided to go with a Diamond X50A that I picked up from HRO for a base antenna and fed it with some Times LMR-400. I used some old surplus aluminum military poles sunk in a bucket of concrete and guyed for the mast. I used a fiberglass top section so there’s no metal to distort the radiation pattern. It’s on the 2nd story balcony which gives it a height of about 35 ft.
I’ve played with D-STAR a little bit. Reaching the repeater can be done, but I had issues with unlinking it from reflectors so I didn’t get a real taste for the potential. I am planning to get a DVAP and run it on a Raspberry Pi at some point. For now, I’m content with using repeaters although I mostly just monitor 146.52.