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How To Select Feedline For A Repeater, By Todd, KY4TS

How To Select Feedline For A Repeater, By Todd, KY4TS

A common overlooked part of putting together a repeater system is the selection

of proper feedline. "But, coax is coax, isn't it?" "I use LMR-400 for all my stations at home. That should be good enough for a repeater, right?" Well, not necessarily.

 

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

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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BridgeCom Systems BCH-220  222 MHz Handheld FM Transceiver - QST Magazine

BridgeCom Systems BCH-220 222 MHz Handheld FM Transceiver - QST Magazine

Reviewed by Rick Palm, K1CE k1ce@arrl.net

The BCH-220 handheld 222 MHz (1.25 centimeters) FM transceiver is a product of BridgeCom Systems, a company many readers may not have heard of. Based in Smithville, Missouri, the company was established in 2004, and according to its website, develops and sells communications equipment for the land mobile radio, Amateur Radio, commercial radio, and remote monitoring markets. Its first product was a VHF/UHF FM repeater.

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65 Great Things about Ham Radio by CQ Magazine

65 Great Things about Ham Radio by CQ Magazine

Clearly written by hams for hams. 65 great things about ham radio from CQ Magazine
BridgeCom Systems Booth Ft Wayne Hamfest 2015
1. It works when nothing else does
2. It makes you part of a worldwide community
3. The opportunity to help neighbors by providing public service and emergency communications
4. Some of the nicest people you'll ever meet
5. Some of the smartest people you'll ever meet
6. Some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet
7. Some of the most generous people you'll ever meet (along with some of the cheapest!)
8. Lifelong friendships
9. Friends around the world (including those you haven't met yet)
10. The opportunity to go interesting places you might not otherwise go to
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Ham Radio Valuable in Emergency

By Gayle Page – Staff Writer for The Standard Banner Jim Snyder, VP of Knoxville’s chapter of American Radio Relay League (ARRL), was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting. Snyder’s presentation stressed the importance of Amateur...

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