When Yaesu released the FT-60R, I saw it as a great value in a handheld for new amateur-radio licensees. I started pre-programming radios with Gordon West’s freqs in my job at Ham Radio Outlet to immediately get new hams on the air with their local frequencies.
So, here we are 10 years later in 2014, and:
– the FT-60R is STILL a great bargain;
– new licensees STILL need get on the air quickly (so they get hooked by that first QSO!);
– hams STILL feel frustrated by manuals … especially when instructions are NOT written for the U.S. market;
– many hams are not using the full range of functions that their radios offer; and
– THAT is where my convenient and very affordable service, HamRadioProgramming.com, comes in.
Using numerous databases, as well as the FCC’s ULS and ARRL club data to fulfill the ham’s “wish list,” I create a custom data file for each radio. The ham sends his (or her) radio to me and within three business days, I return it via USPS Priority Mail: It’s now programmed with scores of the ham’s local repeaters, simplex freqs, a ham satellite or two to work, the local NOAA WX station and more. A hard-copy printout of the new programming is always included.
Please visit my new service at HamRadioProgramming.com and see how easy it is for hams to get on the air!