With modern technology, it's so easy these days to program radios. When I attended Dayton in 2014, I picked up rt SYSTEMS hardware and software for programming my Kenwood TM-D700A. I have two of these rigs and I currently run APRS in my truck, which due to our weather, I'm driving more. Although this package is a bit on the pricey side, I found it easy to use and it made programming my rig extremely easy. With several online frequency guides, you can download lots of repeater and ham radio (along with non-ham) frequencies in an rt SYSTEMS format for quick import into the software. It's only taken me over a year to finally use this but hey, it's better late than never, right?
It looks like winter is here to stay with several feet here at the home QTH. A much different picture than last year as I never even broke out the snow shovel! I'm ready to divorce my snow shovel and open the windows but I'm afraid that's a few months away yet. We need the snow pack with the drought conditions so I'm hopeful many more inches of snow are on the way.
I find it hard to believe that we just entered into a new year. I'm hopeful that 2016 will be a good year for not only me, but for those reading this. Propagation will probably continue to be challenging but I will get on as time allows. I've yet to work a NPOTA station or even a SKCC K3Y station! I loved operating from Alaska during the month of January with my straight key. And with any luck, I'll have that opportunity again. But for now, I'll be chasing those that I hear and hope that my QRP / indoor setup can snag a few. Always a fun way to start a new year!