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May 27, 2007: The 2007 Dayton Hamvention is over. I have posted my pictures from this year's event and have posted videos of two satellite contacts: AO-7 and AO-51. I have also loaded five short videos onto the YouTube site: a video of a M2 Antenna Array with azimuth/elevation rotors, a video of the Icom IC-7800 flagship model, a video of the Yaesu FT-450 HF/50-MHz rig, a video of FlexRadio's FLEX-5000 demonstration, and a video of RF Space's SDR-14 radio and spectrum analyzer. As I mentioned in my May 7th entry, I did make sure that I stopped to look at the Icom IC-7000. I've already done quite a bit of research, so I did not spend a large amount of time looking at that radio. I did stop at Icom's dedicated D-STAR booth at talked to one of the representatives for about fifteen minutes. I think that I understand a little more about the D-STAR system. I will likely set up a separate web page to discuss the D-STAR system. I also examined the Yaesu FT-450 and the Yaesu FTM-10 radios. Both appear to be nice radios, but they are not on my shopping list. I did look at Icom's new IC-2820 mobile radio and well as Kenwood's two new offerings, the TM-V71A dual-band mobile, and the TM-D710A dual-band mobile (which I assume is an updated D700). Icom also had a new HF rig: the IC-7700 which is like the flagship IC-7800 but without the second receiver. A new entry in the HF radio market is the German-made Hilberling PT-8000B. I read elsewhere that the radio has a price tag of $16,000. I sold some items out in the flea market area this year, but also bought a few things, such as a 2007 ARRL Handbook, 2007 Repeater Directory, and a copy of EZNEC+ 5.0 (a new version of EZNEC from W7EL).
May 7, 2007: The start of the Dayton Hamvention is just 11 days away as I write this. This year I have a short shopping list, but I plan on examining several things. The first is the Icom IC-7000 HF/VHF/UHF rig. The second is the Yaesu FT-897D rig. I have been considering the purchase of a second, more portable HF rig to complement my Kenwood TS-2000. Initially, I was leaning towards the purchase of the 897, but as I do more research, I am starting to sway towards the IC-7000. I believe it to be a more capable radio than the 897, however, I do have concerns about how hot the IC-7000 runs. I've heard various reports. Some say it only runs lukewarm after an hour at 100W output. Others have indicated that it gets hot enough to cook eggs on it. I've also heard of a few people who have had to send their radio back to Icom because of blown final transistors (maybe because of the heat). Anyway, I'll be checking those two radios out. I'll also be checking out the new Icom IC-2820, the new Yaesu FT-450, and the new Yaesu FTM-10 radios. Finally, I will be stopping at the D-STAR booth that will supposedly be there. I own the Icom IC-91AD and I understand some of the D-STAR aspects, but I want to understand a little more about programming callsigns and communicating through D-STAR repeaters and links. And, I will also stop at the AMSAT booth. I plan to take both my digital camera and my digital camcorder, so check the N8OIF.net site in the near future for digital media from the Dayton Hamvention.
Also, on a different topic, I've been busying scanning in older photos from past Field Day events. Those photos can be seen on Google+. The 2007 Field Day is about seven weeks away as I write this. I will be taking pictures and shooting video this year as well.
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