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    Hey Ham Community, this is an automated post on behalf of our new member: K8DIU, On behalf of Ham Community, let's give K8DIU a warm welcome. K8DIU, we encourage you to browse around and get to know the Community's many sections. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask, as with all things HAM, we all love to give advice 😎 For everyone's information, K8DIU joined on the 07/15/20; this is their profile: View Member.
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    I'm a big fanboy of the IC-7100 as it's one of the only radios that offers VHF, UHF, HF all band all mode plus DSTAR. I have 2 of them - one for the car, and one for home shack. However, one weakness to keep in mind for portable operations is that the IC-7100 in my experience is very sensitive to voltage, it does not seem to tolerate fluctuations, and will shut down. Remember it was primarily designed as a mobile rig, so it likes a steady 12.7 volts. IF you could provide a reliable power source with constant steady voltage, I think the 7100 could make an excellent go kit type radio. If not, there may be other radios designed for field use that tolerate wider voltage ranges. My yeasu ft-817 (QRP radio) for example easily works from 13v down to about 9 volts happily. Best of luck and let us know what you decide.
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    I found the comments about the types of traffic into net control during the immediate earthquake aftermath interesting. I participate in SKYWARN as a Ham spotter (I'm sure many on here do as well). The NWS is specific about the types of reports they want to hear. The net control script even details the specific types of information that operators are asked to report. How many times have you heard "Well, it's still sunny here" or "It just started raining" or whatever? Then again, if you listen to the HF bands at all, you will hear all manner of butchered phonetic alphabets. As a newbie who learned that it was critical to use the International Phonetic Alphabet, it is both surprising and confusing to hear the lack of discipline among Hams. Is "kilobyte" equivalent to "KB" or just "K"? When someone says "whiskey three tequila sunrise" are we having cocktail hour or is that a call sign? For those of you who come from a military background, the level of discipline (or lack) is probably a serious concern. I grew up as a sailor, racing small boats, teaching sailing, and serving as a race patrol for large regattas. Once, I was racing Lasers when I was in high school. It was a very windy day, and everyone kept capsizing. Usually it is very easy to right a Laser and continue on. But this day, the wind and waves were so high that I could not keep the bow into the wind. A "crash boat" (race patrol) came along to assist. I needed one thing: hold my bowline and keep the bow of my boat into the wind. Well, this guy had operated a crash boat before and supposedly knew what he was doing. But he could not keep the outboard engine away from me -- remember, I was in the water at this point. After having him bring the propeller dangerously close to me twice, I sent him on his way figuring that I might struggle to right the boat, but at least I would not need need stitches. The point of the story is this: Despite having the best of intentions, experience levels for any acquired skill vary widely without standardized training, testing and practice. Operating an outboard motor boat is not very hard until the conditions become less than ideal, then it starts to get more difficult to make the boat do what you want it to do. The same would appear to apply to Amateur Radio. So if we are going to have a cadre of EmComms Operators that are prepared to deploy (whether on their own initiative or as part of an agency response) training and maintenance of skills will be critical. In the case of SKYWARN or the earthquake comms, many people seem to want to participate. They have a license and they want to talk on the air. If they stopped and considered that their non-essential traffic might delay a report of something essential, people would probably stop before picking up the mic. For an EmComms squad to be effective, this process must be ingrained. Just my 2¢. And take it with a grain of salt, cause I have only had my license a few months. I barely know what I am taking about when it comes to Amateur Radio. Skip W3PDP
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    Next year I'm going back to my old setup. This is workable, but...
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