TidBITS Ham Radio Operators?

I just wanted to put a feeler out to see how many readers we have who are amateur radio operators. I received my Technician and General licenses in June and recently got on the air with a Xiegu G90. I know we have at least one TidBITS ham because I bumped into him on an Echolink net. Small world!

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I have a Yaesu FT60R and a Baofeng UV-5R5 and my Technician call sign is KK6JNI.

Does your Xiegu G90 work on the VHF 136-174MHz and UHF 400-520MHz bands? That’s where most of the activity in our area…

FT 60R


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I’m KO4EMJ. The G90 is an HF radio, so 30 MHz and below. I have a few Baofengs, but all the repeaters are pretty far away so I don’t pick up much, and the transmit power is too weak to open any of them up. I’m wanting to get a mobile rig and a proper 2m base antenna, but I’m not sure it’ll be worth the trouble. I can pick up quite a bit if I climb the hill behind my house, but I’m not sure if I want to run that much coax.

Late to the party… I have my technician license from doing disaster communications with Red Cross, but because of HOA rules we are an antenna-free zone. That leaves me with just a EchoLink and a handheld, until I get serious about building some sort of stealth antenna.


late to the party as well!

I’ve been active since the late 1990’s, with old tube rigs for a long time, but all solid state now. I use my Mac and the fldigi app for digital modes when propagation is bad.