Yaesu FT-817It is a very sad sad day. My first rig, a Yeasu FT-817, is broken.
The other day I wanted to turn it on, but it was dead. Shaking the rig gave me all weird noises, so I opened it. Seems that there was an exploded elco in it. All kind of lose smd pieces around the elco. It look a bit like a mess. Actually it seems that there was some kind of shortage in de power.

So I took the rig to the local repair man. All that smd stuff is a bit too new for me. I hope he will be able to fix it… Let’s cross fingers. I would like to have a working 817 for nostalgic purposes 😉

Icom IC-910HSome while ago I bought a beautiful second hand Icom 910H. Very nice radio to work with! Only one little problem: to work some repeaters over here in The Netherlands, you have to send a CTCSS-tone. Of course this rig is capable of sending a CTCSS-tone. But….. The original configuration for Europe is sending only one 1750 Hz tone when enable the tone-squelch.
But that is a bit of a problem since non of the repeaters send a tone back. So I was able to open some of the local repeaters, but unable to listen to them.
After posting my problem on a Dutch forum K6APR rushed in to help me out.
He posted a Icom 910h Repeater mod to enable the American/Korean repeater settings of my Icom. I did used the mod and it works! There are more options to work the repeaters and now I’m able to work all the local ones.
One little thingy to remember: when you’ve made the change, when you first put on the radio, all your memories will be reset. So please write down anything important!

Icom IC-910HI was looking for a new radio for a while. For 2m and 70cm I used my good old Yeasu FT-817. Actually my first radio. A perfect radio for mobile and backpack use, but not for the QTH.

For in the shack I wanted something a little bigger, multiband capabilities and the most important: more output power. Since I only use Yeasu and Kenwood I was curious for Icom. When I went searching for a good 2m/70cm transceiver from Icom I quickly stumbled on the 910H. Very interesting radio, good performance. And also capable of heavy duty ssb traffic. Something I don’t do often right now because I don’t have the right equipment.

So a second hand Icom 910H it wil be. Last week I found one on the internet. I went over for a good look and liked what I saw. So I bought the rig and now it’s humming in my shack! Welcome 910 🙂