New radio again

I traded the Yaesu FT-450D for an ICOM IC-718 with a local ham friend.  I liked the 450D but I was having a hard time seeing its display without my reading glasses and I was tiring of having to go through multiple menus to do anything.  I’m happy with my 718.  I had a 718 that I bought in 2008 but had to sell it later on to make rent.  Glad I am back to what I know best.

I am hoping to get the new base for my Mosley RV-4C antenna some time in the couple of weeks.  I want to get it installed and set up before it starts to get really cold.  I need to get about an eight foot piece of iron pipe to drive into the ground and mount the antenna on and put 16 radials on the antenna to give it a good ground to work with.  I then need to dig a small ditch and get some “direct burial” coax in the ground to run to my shack.  I’ll put up pictures when I’m done.

I can’t wait to get back on the air again.  I need to get a 13-pin data cable for my Signalink to connect it to my 718’s accessory port and I’ll be on the air for digital modes also.


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my Extra class license. I am an ARRL-accredited VE. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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