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  • Top 4 Must Have Accessories For The BCH-220 And BCH-270
    May 9, 2018 Daniel Kochanowicz

    Top 4 Must Have Accessories For The BCH-220 And BCH-270

    The BCH-220 and BCH-270 are fantastic radios by itself. With these 4 accessories they turn into a super handhelds, capable of handling any situation with ease.  Microphone   A good speaker microphone is a must for Increased clarity and convenience.  The BridgeCom BCS-200 Water Resistant Speaker...

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  • Dayton Hamvention 2017 Reflection
    May 31, 2017 Tim King

    Dayton Hamvention 2017 Reflection

    What can I say about Dayton Hamvention 2017 other than WOW! It had everything; Great venue, 30,000 of your favorite ham radio friends, great vendors, Rain, Rain, and more Rain, good food, great buys, mud and on-site camping. Did I...

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  • At BridgeCom Quality and Customer Service is not Lost
    May 26, 2017 Tim King

    At BridgeCom Quality and Customer Service is not Lost

    I had an interesting exchange over email with a potential customer recently. I believe it perfectly illustrates BridgeCom's commitment to quality products and industry leading customer service. Please enjoy, and if you have questions let me know.Regards,TimCustomer:Hello...Came across your page...

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  • Press Release: BCM-144 & BCM-440 Mobile Radios
    April 24, 2017 Tim King

    Press Release: BCM-144 & BCM-440 Mobile Radios

    April 24, 2017BridgeCom Systems, IncPhone: (816)532-8451 E-Mail: tim@BridgeComSystems.comContact: Tim KingPress Release: NEW BCM-144 & BCM-440 Mobile Radios Now Shipping________________________________________________________________________BridgeCom Systems, Inc is pleased to announce the availability of BCM-144 and BCM-440 Mobile Radio for the amateur radio market. The join...

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  • Amateur Radio Linking Explained
    April 20, 2017 Tim King

    Amateur Radio Linking Explained

    Amateur Linking What is amateur radio linking and why is it so important, necessary, or just plain fun? Let's say you want to set up a repeater at Hamvention and talk to the group back home. How is that possible?...

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  • Review: BridgeCom Systems BCM-220 222 MHz FM Transceiver by QST
    March 23, 2017 Tim King

    Review: BridgeCom Systems BCM-220 222 MHz FM Transceiver by QST

    Reviewed by Rick Palm, K1CE
    QST Contributing Editor 
    k1ce@arrl.org

    BCM-220 1.25m Mobile RadioUsing BridgeCom Systems’ new 222 MHz (1.25 meter band) mobile radio was a walk down memory lane for me. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, I was part of a small, quirky but devoted group who ragchewed on two 220 MHz repeaters in northern Connecticut and western Massachusetts. One machine was on Talcott Mountain overlooking Hartford, and was run by the son of a major city developer. The other was owned/ controlled by my longtime friend, Paul Koplow, WA1VEI, on Mt Lincoln in the Berkshires. Our radios back then were quirky, too: mine was a Midland (crystalcontrolled, no PLL) that looked like a battered, old CB radio from a trucker’s cab — the kind you might find today in a pawn shop. Later I had a Yaesu Memorizer for the band, which was a great radio. We rolled our eyes and suffered one user who used the autopatch to talk with his wife on his commute home every evening with over-the-top kissing and cooing sounds. Off-air and even on-the-air counseling sailed over his head.

    Nowadays, the 222 – 225 MHz band is still a great spot for repeaters and their disciples. I had a lot of fun getting back on this band thanks to the BridgeCom BCM-220. Continuing with the nostalgic theme here, the company, which is based in Smithville, Missouri, evokes the feel and quality of those old radios in their new products, especially this one. The BCM-220 is built like a tank, with commercial-grade construction, and a high-quality, heavy-duty mic that eschews the numerous functions/ buttons that populate some mics. The BCM-220’s mic has a simple DTMF keypad and only three function buttons below it: the first to switch between memory and VFO modes, and the second and third buttons for frequency or channel up and down. That’s it — and I love it! It’s heavy and feels good in my mic hand. Indeed, all of the radio’s functionality seems to be focused on the essentials, and that’s a plus in my book. 

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  • International Crystal Manufacturing Going Out of Business - from ARRL
    March 17, 2017 Tim King

    International Crystal Manufacturing Going Out of Business - from ARRL

    03/10/2017

    International Crystal Manufacturing (ICM) of Oklahoma City has announced that it will be going out of business, probably at the end of May. Royden Freeland Jr., W5EMH, son of the company’s founder, posted a letter this week on the ICM website. 

    Radio Crystals in Box

    “We will be honoring all orders that we have already taken and will be able to fill a limited amount of new orders dependent upon raw materials available,” Freeland said. “We would like to thank you for your past business. The success of ICM over the previous 66 years has been largely due to its amazing customer base.”

    International Crystal produces RF control devices — quartz crystals, oscillators, QCM crystals, filters, TCXOs/VCTCXOs, and precision crystals.

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  • BridgeCom Systems New BCD Series Duplexers
    November 22, 2016 Tim King

    BridgeCom Systems New BCD Series Duplexers

    November 14, 2015BridgeCom Systems, IncPhone: (816)532-8451 E-Mail: tim@BridgeComSystems.comContact: Tim KingFor Immediate ReleaseIntroducing the NEW BCD Duplexers by BridgeCom Systems________________________________________________________________________BridgeCom Systems, Inc is pleased to announce the availability of the BCD line of duplexers for the amateur and commercial radio markets....

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  • Receiver Desense Testing by Karl Shoemaker, AK2O From Repeater-Builder.com
    September 9, 2016 Tim King

    Receiver Desense Testing by Karl Shoemaker, AK2O From Repeater-Builder.com

    Receiver desense testing by Karl Shoemaker, AK2O

    Introduction

    Due to the inability of certain people to communicate properly and understand all the aspects of site testing this page was created to read, compare notes and build on for the benefit of all. Human communication, comprehension and understanding problems is beyond the scope of this document, however the reader should keep these problems in mind when dealing with site issues and interfacing with other companies and government Agencies. Misunderstandings, bogus readings, log entries, technician and management diagnostics and plan of actions for problem solving are commonly mis-directed with considerable time and expense wasted in the wrong direction of efforts. This can lead to the general desensitation (pun intended) and poor attitude of the workforce in most any private company or government in the technical (repair) field around this country. Fortunately, there still is a handful of technicians that care to understand what the problem is and the proper way to solve, or at least, reduce the symptoms to an acceptable figure. If you are reading this it's most like you are in one of the latter. This is a good thing.

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