Operating tips

SLSRC “Mentoring Workshop”

SLSRC “Mentoring Workshop” Friday, August 7 on 146.850 repeater

SLSRC’s monthly series of “Mentoring Workshop” continues on Friday, August 7 on the 146.850 (141.3 -) repeater at 7 PM and will continue on the first Friday of each month through September.  We hope future workshops will once again be “in-person” but for the immediate future, we will be holding them on the repeater.

As with the “in-person” sessions, this is where YOU, the new amateur operator sets the agenda with any questions you have about equipment, what to buy, new operating modes, etc. Having the sessions on the repeater will also give “new” hams the opportunity to overcome any “mic fright” that might still exist.

Do you have a new radio that needs programming? Ask about it.

Are you thinking about purchasing new equipment and have questions about what to buy? Ask for opinions.

What is the best antenna for your situation? Ask about it?

How about grounding...where do you start? Ask about it.

These are just a few of some possible questions...YOU set the “agenda” as to what will be discussed, so put Friday, August 7, on your calendar and check into the 146.850 repeater at 7 PM.  

If you are an experienced amateur radio operator, please also join us and offer your knowledge and experience.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Computer gaming headsets and ham radio

Yamaha CM500 Headset with Built-In Microphone

Are inexpensive (or not so inexpensive) gaming headsets suitable for amateur radio applications? The de facto standard is the Heil Proset. But hams on a budget may may have more choices. James Richards - K8JHR, has done all the testing and research:

K8JHR -HEADSETS I HAVE TRIED, LIKE, OR RECOMMEND with Various and Sundry Observations Tossed In at No Extra Costs


Foot switches


I've been thinking of trying a foot switch here in the shack. John VE7TI has a nice run down on all our options over on The Communicator Digital Edition.

He recommends a heavy piano style musical instrument sustain pedal like the one above. These petal are not prone to sliding around on the floor and have a solid feel with a distant clicking on/off mechanism. Many of these pedals have a switch to choose from normally open or normally closed. For Amateur Radio use the switch that can be set to normally open (NO) to trigger the PTT when the pedal is depressed otherwise the radio would transmit constantly except when the switch is depressed.