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Yaesu FT 1DR HD

Posted by Harrison W1HAF on March 25, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I recentley purchased the Yaesu FT 1DR HD radio for the price of $289.00. This is an amazing little radio. It is a Dual Band VHF/UHF radio with a general coverage reciever built in for AM and FM. It also has a built in GPS reciever and TNC for APRS. The radio now comes with the 1800 mah battery for extended operation.  It also operates C4FM digital mode to be used with other Yaesu System Fusion radios and repeaters.

The Club has ordered a DR1X repeater from Yaesu and it should arrive in April or May 2015. I am hoping that this new repeater will perfom well and the added benifit is that it can be used in both Analog and Digital modes. The radio was pretty easy to program from the front keypad. I had it up and running in minutes. I also used the free ADMS 6 programming software with the included programming cable to program all the repeaters in our area. 

Yaesu is running an aggressive campaign to promote their System Fusion equipment so hopefully their system catches on. The discounts for the DR1X Repeater and the FT 1DR HD are making them very affordable right now. Even if the System Fusion C4FM does not catch on the FT 1DR HD is a great little dualband radio for the current price!

It would be great to see another Amateur Radio manufacturer like Kenwood, Alinco, Wouxon, come out with the same format. That would probably begin the process of standardizing the Digital Amateur Radio market. 

The nice thing about this radio vs the commercial P25 market is that it is designed for hams by Yaesu and has many features that you would not find in a commercial grade P25 or DMR radio. One is it is easy to program from the keypad. It has a heavily menu driven system to operate, but it was not to hard to figure out without reading the manual. It also includes a built in GPS and TNC which you wont find on most commercial radios near this price range. The fit and finish of the radio is very solid as with all radios from Yaesu.

So if your in the market for a new HT consider this one!

March Meeting CANCELLED

Posted by Harrison W1HAF on March 4, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)


The meeting schedueled for Thursday March 5, 2015  at 1930 hrs has been cancelled due to the Weather Forecast of Snow and Ice!

Please be Safe and Stay Warm !

W1RED Receives Service Award

Posted by Harrison W1HAF on February 28, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

On Febuary 5, 2015 at our regular club meeting President Larry Moxon,K1KRC, presented a plaque to past Treasurer Dave Reed , W1RED, for his long service to our club as Treasurer. Photo by Bill Covey, W1GTT.

Digital Communications Guide

Posted by Harrison W1HAF on February 28, 2015 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

A very informative and educational guide has been added to the Documents section of the web page.

Please take a moment to download and read the Digital Communications Guide so that you will understand the diffrences between D-Star, DMR, and C4FM.

The paper was written by Yaesu Vertex which was a subsidiary of Motorola. It does a very good job of describing all three digital modes.

Our Club has decided to provide current technology for our members to use. We have recently changed our 448.975 mhz to a UHF DMR repeater on the CT ARES and DMR-MARC networks.  This system is a statewide system and provides a clear and reliable network for Emergency use. It also has the ability to be used on the DMR-MARC World wide network.

We have decided to replace our aging 146.97 repeater with a brand new Yaesu System Fusion DR-1X repeater. Yaesu is currently offering a promotion for clubs to obtain these new repeaters for just $500.00. This is a $1,200.00 discount off the regular price of the repeater. The new repeater is a dual band VHF/UHF repeater that can be configure to operate in Digital, Analog, or Auto modes. This will allow existing users to continue to still use analog radios while allowing those who wish to try C4FM digital the opportunity to buy and try this mode.

We are considering replacing the 146.67 repeater with a D-STAR repeater as a trial to allow club members with D-Star the ability to communicate locally. This would also allow traveling hams the ability to communicate to local hams while on vacation or passing through our area. If we can secure network acces then this repeater could be connected to the worldwide D-Star reflector systems.

The vision of our club is to provide current technology for our members and all members of the amateur community. This will provide the opportunity for experimentaion with new modes of operation and hopefully increase interest in our hobby.

I am exicted to be able to have the opportunity to experiment with all these different modes of operation.

If you are interesed in trying the Yaesu C4FM digital mode or are just in the market for a new dual band portable radio Gigaparts is offering the Yaesu FT 1DR HT for $289.00 right now. This radio also has built in GPS and APRS modes along with offering analog and digital voice modes.

January Meeting CANCELLED

Posted by Harrison W1HAF on January 6, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

******January Meeting Cancelled****

The January meeting that was changed to Thursday January 8, 2015 due to the first Thursday falling on New Years Day has been CANCELLED.

See you next month.


Posted by Harrison W1HAF on October 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (1)

The 448.975 UHF repeater is now on the air. You will need a UHF DMR Radio and you can program it to the 448,975/443.975 repeater. Go to the web page and you can find more information on the data to you will need to program into your radio.  We have associated our club with the CT ARES group and this repeater will be used for ARES functions when needed.  The standard DMR-MARC talkgroups are also on the repeater and can be used to talk World Wide and Nation Wide. This repeater works great and has great coverage. It is currently located in Ledyard CT . If you are listening to the analog frequency you will hear data bursts every three or four minutes. The old analoge repeater has been left on the air for now and can be used when the digital repeater is not being used. The grandfather clock ID has been shut off along with the squelch tail. The repeater still works fine when activated. There is a two second delay before you can talk. This may change in the future as the DMR activity increases. If you are interested in DMR then come on out to a meeting and see what it is all about.


CT-ARES Ledyard, CT

W1NLC 448.975 -5MHz, Color Code 1


The repeater is open to all,

restricted to ARES and emergency traffic during ARES activations.


Time Slot #1 Group Call 1 = World Wide (PTT on demand 5 min inactivity timeout)

Time slot #1 Group Call 13 = WW English

Time slot #1 Group Call 3 = North America

Time slot #2 Group Call 3172 = Northeast

Time slot #1 Group Call 310 = TAC310 PTT on demand 5 minute inactivity time

Time slot #1 Group Call 9998 = Parrot audio test


Time slot #2 Group Call 8901 = CT Statewide 2

Time slot #2 Group Call 8902 = Region 1 / QSO 1 (PTT on demand 10 minute inactivity timeout)

Time slot #2 Group Call 8903 = Region 2 / QSO 2 (PTT on demand 10 minute inactivity timeout)

Time slot #2 Group Call 8904 = Region 3 / QSO 3 (PTT on demand 10 minute inactivity timeout)

Time slot #2 Group Call 8905 = Region 4 / QSO 4 (PTT on demand 10 minute inactivity timeout)

Time slot #2 Group Call 8906 = Region 5 / QSO 5 (PTT on demand 10 minute inactivity timeout)

Time slot #2 Group Call 310 = TAC310 (PTT on demand 5 minute inactivity time)

Time slot #2 Group Call 9998 = Parrot audio test

Please put all Talkgroups in your RX list!


You Must Have [ARS] Disabled Within Your Radio


Contact: Harrison, W1HAF

Email: [email protected]

Contact Pat, N1OTW

Email: [email protected]

Website: coming soon!



Posted by Harrison W1HAF on June 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Please when submitting a request to join this site include your Amateur Radio Callsign and your name. It will make my job easier when I go through the requests.

Thank you,

Harrison W1HAF

DMR Radio

Posted by Harrison W1HAF on June 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello All,

At the June club meeting, Troy, KB1BVF, presented an oportunity to have a group of amateurs who are building out a DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) Network in New England, come to one of our meetings to discuss DMR radio and how it works.  The club voted to pursue this proposal to see what this type of communications is all about and if we would be interested in converting our UHF repeater over to this network.

If you would like to learm more about this type of communications you can check out the following links.  A Beginners G uide to DMR  Digital Mobile Radio Motorola Amateur Radio Club ( there is also a link on this page to listen to the network.)  The New England Digital Emergency Communications Network  A good source for new radios at a good price.

We are looking forward to hearing more about this type of communications at a future meeting.

73 Harrison W1HAF

2013 Christmas Party

Posted by Harrison W1HAF on November 13, 2013 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The SCRAMS radio club will be hosting this years' annual Christmas Breakfast

Buffet at the River Ridge restaurant once again.



The event will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 am until

approximately 1:00 pm. The restaurant is located @ 259 Preston Road in

Griswold on the premises of the River Ridge Golf Course. The best directions

for the majority of us will probably be to take Exit 85 off Rt. 395 then turn

right onto Rt. 164 for a few miles.


The breakfast buffet menu consists of :


Fresh Fruit Salad

Assorted Danish Tray

Scrambled Eggs

Home Fries


Sausage Gravy



French Toast

Eggs Benedict

Omelets (included this year)

Fruit Topping

Warm Syrup

Hollandaise Sauce

Coffee, Tea and Juice


The ticket cost which includes a 20% gratuity & 6.35 % state tax is $20.00 for

each attendee. Raffle tickets will be available at the door to win one of the

(6) door prizes which include (3) $50.00 gift cards from one of several local

area restaurants and (3) $50.00 gift cards from the ARRL.



Please send your $20.00 per buffet ticket cost (checks payable to SCRAMS)

before the deadline of December 2nd to:


David E. Reed

10 Surrey Lane

Niantic, CT 06357


Hope to see a great turn out - please get the word out or just resend this

email to your membership - thank you


2013 Club News

Posted by Harrison W1HAF on February 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Happy New Year everyone.

Sorry for the lack of posts.I have been kinda busy lately. Larry, KB1QQM, our new Club President has some great ideas to get the club going. Please come and support your club by attending a meeting and paying your dues.

We would like to replace the 146.97 repeater this year and could use some support both physically and financially. We are also planning on moving out of the Fargo Road water tower and into the Town Communications building on the same site. This would be a great improvement due to the fact that the building is clean and climate controlled. It also has a built in back up generator. We wil need help when we make the move so stay tuned.

I would like to ask everyone to please monitor the club repeaters. I have heard of several amateurs who have come to our area have tried to make contacts on our repeaters but no one answered them. I know that everyone is busy, but maybe we can try to listen to the repeaters in case someone needs assistance. It would be nice to hear more activity on the air.

73, Harrison, W1HAF.