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Jason Goeschs Story

Jason Goeschs Story

“Last fall I got diagnosed with bulbar onset ALS. So I am trying to do as much with my kids as I can. The old micor repeater we had was damaged by lightening that came in on the AC mains through the power supply. So that's why we got the BridgeCom repeater."
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Will AnyTone 868/878 DMR Handheld Radios Work for Public Safety?

Will AnyTone 868/878 DMR Handheld Radios Work for Public Safety?

Scott Owens writes, "Will the AnyTone 868 and 878 work for fire departments?" The answer is yes, absolutely. They will work for all commercial DMR applications, such as fire departments, police stations, businesses. These radios are part 90 commercially accepted. They're very rugged and the chassis are very...

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How to Use the PTT Button on an AnyTone AT-D878UV PLUS!

How to Use the PTT Button on an AnyTone AT-D878UV PLUS!

Ron Karger asks, "What is the Bluetooth PTT button? Is it a wristband or who is it worn?" Okay. This is the Bluetooth Push-To-Talk button that comes with your AnyTone 878PLUS. All it does is it's just the button. It Bluetooths to your radio and activates the Push-To-Talk as there's no mic in here. It's just the button. It has a....
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What is the DVMEGA Digital Radio Hotspot?

What is the DVMEGA Digital Radio Hotspot?

Ed Boog asks, "Can you go over the hot spot on your desk? Can it be used in your car via a cell phone hot spot while traveling?" Absolutely. So this DVMEGA hotspot as you know, connects to your AnyTone radio and your WiFi connection, if 
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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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