Coastal Ham Radio Club


Coastal Ham Radio Club is for the amateur radio enthusiast. We are a group of local British Columbia amateurs who wish to socialize, learn, share and promote the hobby. Membership is free and let’s you post comments, questions, suggestions etc. plus gives you a voice to how we shape and grow Coastal Ham Radio. Polk around the site and you will find an enrollment form in the about page.


Xiegu G90 Power Draw on Transmit Test


I love the G90 for its fast built in antenna tuner and 20W power output. With the lack of sunspots the availability to have some extra power is handy. Its either a 1 or 2 S unit increase depending on the receiving ends radio

Xiegu claims 8A draw which seemed a bit high compared to other radios so I benched the radio after doing the Power Pole mod to measure what reality is

I found the following @13.8 Volts using a number 12 gauge power cable to my PSU with CW

Power Output       Current Amps

5W                        2.9

10W                     3.5

15W                     4.0

20W                    4.5

I use the Bioenno batteries which has…

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What makes a contest radio?


We had a chat at ham club and usually it turns to radios and equipment.

I made a comment that the radio that was being discussed is that it was a garbage radio unfit for ham use let alone CB radio and the other fellow said “I have one too and it works great for me”

“Yeah but you guys are not active on HF or even contests” I replied

“NO I am busy and I hate contests. I get on for an hour or so every once and a while and look for a rag chew. I dont understand contests”

“You have the perfect radio then and it more than meets your needs, that great” I replied

But then the other ham says he thinks his radios broken because when he does contests its hard for him to understand anything and I replied “yeah your radio is not suitable…

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Icom 705 Survey results – The Tribe has Spoken as well as haters and trolls and Tuner Fans


Its interesting how the ham radio community has become polarized and angry the past ten years and they state this through swearing, harassment, bullying and just plain anger. I have edited these ham radio buffoons off the survey because they do not merit a podium to express such distasteful views.

I did this as a lark to see what the general consensus was about this exciting new product release from Icom. Sure its for the Japanese domestic market, Sure its designed to fit in the back pack, Sure the tuner is absent (on purpose to sell more AH-4s) and Sure its for field operators first. I am so excited about the D-Star capability and the addition of the VHF and UHF bands in a design that appears to be a repackaged Icom 7300 (drop the PA, modify the 7100 board, steal something from the 7200 and ID-51a and you have…

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Yaesu FT-1000MP and Signalink settings


I have the FT-1000MP and it took a while to figure this all out.

I set up the “user” mode (menu 8-6) with the following:

Mode = Pac-lo,

Diplay offset = 0.000, **adjust if needed

Receive PLL = 1.450,

Receive Carrier = 453.550,

Transmit PLL = 1.500,

Transmit Carrier = 453.500,

RTTY Offset = 0.000,

Easy Set = Off

I used the “PACKET JACK” or front mic jack, with Signalink USB. I made my own cable and used the Signalink jumper settings and pin out described below

Tune to your favorite PSK31/ RTTY/ SSTV/ etc frequency and “PRESS THE USER BUTTON” . This will put the radio in Packet and show LSB button lit up, with the settings above you are in USB. It works and very well.

 (use SLUSB5PD, SL1+5PD or SLCAB5PD)

Pin 1 – Data In
Pin 2 – GND
Pin 3 – PTT
Pin 4…

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