Echolink

EchoLinkAs every weekday morning when I’m enjoying my breakfast around 6:00 am, I listen to our local repeater PI2NOS. For a while now this repeater has an Echolink connection. Amateurs who use this repeater almost every morning, driving to work and chatting with each other.
This morning a US-HAM, Jasper KK4UFD logged in the repeater via Echolink. It was 12 o’clock pm at his QTH and he was preparing for a night sleep. The dutch amateur was driving to work as every morning and they had a fun chat about HAM-licenses, the weather, and some other subjects.
It’s great to hear a 15 year old US-kid talk to a 51 year old Dutch guy and (besides the language differences) have a really nice conversation about HAM-related subjects.
We do have a GREAT hobby! 🙂

Baofeng UV-B6

After reading this post I couldn’t resist any longer.
Yesterday I ordered the new toy, a Baofeng UV-B6 Chinese HT. Incredible price: 43 dollar! It can take up to 60 days before delivering so it will be no typical Christmas present.
I like to use the HT to connect to my Kenwood TM-D710 en simplex EchoLink repeater modus. Then I can walk around the house with the HT and be logged in a EchoLink conference room (for instance nodenumber 3373 ITM No Agenda conference server). Actually I don’t have a lot of time at the moment for the radio hobby, but online buying doesn’t take up much.