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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Analog and DMR Talk Together
    August 3, 2016 Tim King

    Analog and DMR Talk Together

    Newsflash: The world is going digital! I know, I know, this is not really a revelation. We all carry around a smartphone, tablet or PC that communicates over digital LTE or Wifi. The two way radio is not much different...

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  • March 16, 2016 Tim King

    MARCH 2016 MISSOURI SECTION ARRL NEWS

    MARCH 2016 
    MISSOURI SECTION NEWS
    Cecil Higgins MO SM
    
               I want to thank all the volunteers that are continuing to
    serve the ARRL Missouri Section in their appointed positions for the
    Section. You are a great group and I really appreciate you all. 
             Don’t forget that the Missouri QSO Party, sponsored by the
    Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society, will be April 2nd and 3rd. You
    can check out all the information about the MOQP at the BEARS website
    by using the link http://w0ma.org/index.php/missouri-qso-party.  Look
    over the whole site and use the links about the rules and other
    information that will prove quite valuable. 
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  • Hamfest Back in Vegas
    December 2, 2015 Tim King

    Hamfest Back in Vegas

    Nevada State Convention 2016After an absence of nearly three decades, Las Vegas is once again poised to host an amateur radio convention.

    NVCON, the ARRL Nevada State Convention will take place April 29, 30, and May 1, 2016 at the new Eastside Cannery Hotel/Casino Event Center.

    Las Vegas was once the site of the long running SAROC, the Sahara Amateur Radio Operators Convention. SAROC was second only to the Dayton Hamvention is size and attendance.
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