Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stupid project

I am engaged in a stupid little project that is nothing more than a testament to some amount of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that I probably have.

I am creating a spreadsheet using Open Office and I am attempting to achieve some kind of universality between the Alinco HT, the Wouxun HT and my Icom mobile radio. The idea is for all three radios to have the same 2 Meter repeaters programmed in; and for the Alinco and Icom mobile to have the same 2 Meter and 440 repeaters programmed in. The Wouxun has 2 Meter and 220 MHz repeaters programmed in.

I guess I have been using this as an excuse not to move around too much as it was super hot and humid today. Driving in to work this morning, at 8:00 AM, it was already around 80F (27C). It finally reached 98F (37C) this afternoon. The forecast was for some severe thunderstorms in the afternoon; but they stayed to the very southern portions of NJ. We did not receive much in the way of relief, even though a cool front was supposed to have moved into the area. But it must have, as the forecast for tomorrow is for the day to be about a whole whopping 5 degrees or so cooler. Some cool front!

To finish this little project, all I have to do is finish programming the Icom mobile to match the Alinco HT. In all, both radios will have 37 memories allocated. Nowhere near capacity; but all the local and semi-local repeaters will have been accounted for.

Pretty good for a guy who listens more than transmits.

72 de Larry W2LJ

5 comments:

Rob Carlson said...

Having 37 repeaters programmed into your radio is the reason why I call "listening 94" or "listening 67" when I call out on a repeater, in case you feel like calling back to me but can't get to the VFO in time.

Bob K0NR said...

What is your impression of the Wouxon radio?

Bob K0NR

chris said...

Hey Larry,

You're ahead of me -- I'm still collecting the software (no way I'm doing this by hand!) to do exactly the same thing for my 957 & my 92AD. Since the icom will be going to Hawaii w/me in Sept, I'll be wanting those repeaters too.

Just got the icom "remote control" software, which certainly sounds wrong, yesterday. And of course I don't have any old computers laying around here with serial ports, so....

Glad you're making progress! :)

Larry W2LJ said...

Bob,

I like it a lot. It's receive audio is superb - much "fuller" than my Alinco. it is easy enough to program manually, at least I thought so. I have the software and cable; but didn't use it. The batteries seem to last for a long time and the price was right. Should I lose or damage it, I would be miffed; but not as bad as if it had cost 3X as much.

I have the 2M/220 version. If anything happened to the Alinco, I'd probably buy the 2M/440 version.

There's only one thing about it that I don't like. When you go into scan mode the LCD's illuminated backlight remains on for as long as you scan. I think it would be better if it went out after a few seconds to save battery life.

72 de Larry W2LJ

Larry W2LJ said...

Rob,

Excellent point! And not one that I had ever really considered before. Thanks for the tip.

73 de Larry W2LJ