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Derek Lyon-McKeil
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AI6F Ham Since 1993
United States

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Other Callsigns
M0GVK in the UK

My Ham Radio Interests
Emergency Communications, General playing around with radios. Doing VE sessions.

My Shack is a 1987 Suburban 4x4 that started life as a news van. It was converted to a satellite up-link truck and then surplussed out. They took the TV gear and antennas but left me the 4kW generator built in power distribution system and dual battery system.

TM D-710

Other Interests
Volunteer with Cal Fire Volunteers In Prevention. One of my duties is working in a fire lookout tower. I also get to work on the communications van. I'm a member of the Military Vehicle Collectors of California and I have a 1954 Army ambulance. I also enjoy railroading and maritime history.

Sunnyvale ARES, Sunnyvale CA.

The Kenwood TH-D72A

From AI6F

3/13/2011 5:26:01 PM (2 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

I'm headed to the UK in April and I wanted to take a radio and GPS along. I decided to throw caution and money to the wind and combine the radio and GPS so I picked up the Kenwood TH-D72A. There are plenty of reviews out there so I won't bother reviewing the whole thing. The GPS seems to work pretty good and the TNC is pretty good as well. With minimal fuss I was able to tie the radio to my computer and get them "talking". I even sent a packet message from my driveway just to see it work. About the only hassle I have had is with the DeLoarme mapping software I picked up to save my tracks and such. For the most part DeLorme is using their own file format and I cannot find a way to convert any of the D72 flies to that format. I did find GPS Visualizer and that seems to work, and it is free.

**21 March 2011**
OK, since my last post I have found out how to get DeLorme to view the tracks by the D72A. If you need details please email me.

Read the 2 comments after the break below.


by N0VF 3/21/2011 6:16:46 PM

I have 2 of the d7a's and love 'em. I'm looking real hard at the new one as well. Plug and play APRS as well as simple packet radio as a bonus.

Also perfect for OSCAR work with the duplex :)

by AI6F 3/21/2011 6:33:16 PM

All in all this radio really does "as advertised". When I looked at the price tag it is fairly cheap considering you are buying a nice dual band radio, a TNC and a GPS. The software is free and I had no trouble getting it up and working. This radio is really the way to go.

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