Rockford Scanner™: RARA Field Day


Rockford area amateur radio operators to demonstrate
emergency communications at Roscoe VFW

Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications
June 22 – 23, 2019

Rockford area ham radio operators from the Rockford Amateur Radio
Association will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators, who will be
showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the
news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical
communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America
including wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes, and other life threatening events

On the weekend of June 22 – 23, the public will have a chance to meet and talk
with ham radio operators from the Rockford Amateur Radio Association and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. This event is being held at the Roscoe VFW, 11385 2nd Street, Roscoe, IL., from 1:00 pm Saturday thru 1:00 pm Sunday.

Showing the newest digital capabilities, and voice communications, the
Rockford ham operators will be holding a public demonstrations of emergency
communications abilities. This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of
the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national
association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power, the ham operators will construct emergency stations and antennas. The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called “Ham Radio” – was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to save lives and property. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

The public is welcomed to attend and learn why ham radio is used for
emergency communications.



Rockford Scanner™: Baofeng UV-5R Review by KD9MAP

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Baofeng UV-5R Review by KD9MAP

This is a $20 5-watt transceiver for 2m and 70cm, based on SDR technology I think.

It comes with Li-Ion battery, charger cradle, 7″ rubber whip antenna, and a earpiece/microphone headset.

The advertising for it is so hilariously written, and the price is so low, it’s reasonable to be skeptical whether the radio actually works.

I got mine quickly from a USA supplier for $6 shipping. I’ve used it for a week.


It works!

It’s cheap! You can carry it everywhere and not worry as much about losing or breaking it as you would an expensive handheld.

The UV-5R SDR receiver seems to be as sensitive as my “real radio” Alinco DJ-X2000 handheld scanner, which cost 15 times as much.


The charger cradle emits enormous QRM during charging cycle. You won’t want to use that charger anywhere near your shack.

There’s no DC jack anywhere on the radio to plug in a power adapter. If you want to run on external power, you have to get their $7 battery eliminator cable.

The little instruction booklet doesn’t tell you everything you need to know to program it. Adequate info can be easily found on the internet.

For easier programming, I bought the $20 BaofengTech FTDI programming cable and used it with free Chirp software. You have to press the cable into the radio with both thumbs and crushing strength to get a connection, but it does work.

(Note: Software creators like Chirp complain that Baofeng changes the firmware on these radios quite often, which makes them difficult and risky to develop for.)

Low-cap 1600 mAH battery doesn’t last long if there’s much traffic.

Bottom Line:

The UV-5R for the price of dinner is a darn good deal for a VHF/UHF handheld transceiver. I don’t know how long it will last, but so far I think the low price outweighs its minor problems.