A few amateur radio updates including my new call: K4RDC

Posted By on December 14, 2013

FirstPactorHFExchange131213My older SCS PTC-IIe Pactor modem came back from Farallon Electronics after being updated with a new electronic serial number and Pactor III update – faster speeds using the HF radio (still very slow by modern Internet standards). A Winlink account is now active and seems to be working over Telnet, so the step is to find a station and tune it in manually with my Icom IC-718 (no auto tuning from computer). Currently the temporary 20-meter dipole antenna is not tuned but plans are to improve both the antenna and add an Icom AT-130 tuner. It is a little limiting since I’m not transmitting and receiving the strongest of signals, but after a little experimenting I was able to exchange data with a couple east coast stations and one in Florida, the Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron, using the RMS Express email client on my six year old Win7 Gateway notebook.

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About the time everything was set up and working using my old KD8VSB call sign, I received notice from the FCC that my call sign request has been canceled and updated with the new shorter personalized “vanity” call – K4RDC. Time to set it all up again with the new call and email address.

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Comments

  • Jimbo Doolittle

    I am starting to study for my license and seeing you excited has me anxious to get on the air! How did you get a new call sign?

    • Keep me posted on your license! Looking forward to talking with you if you get a radio up and running. As for the new call sign, it is currently a matter of looking at what it available (several databases online) and make a $16 application with the FCC … and then a wait period which was 18 days for me.

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