Over the past number of weeks I’ve been selling things like a mad man. I’ve sold a number of radios, and also my primary computer.
A few months back I upgraded my iPad to the 2020 12-inch model. I also sprung for the official Apple Magic Keyboard for it. My plan was, this would be my primary computing device. However, I still had my iMac. And my wife was very against me selling it… because of the greater-than-zero chance that I might turn around and buy another one later. Yes, I’ve done that.
As a matter of fact… two of the radios I sold were my second copies of those same two radios. I had them, sold them, and then bought them again. Well, now I’ve sold them again.
And I sold my iMac… and I sold my Apple Watch… and I downgraded my iPhone from the iPhone 11 to the iPhone SE 2. I’ve been scaling back my tech. Most of these things I’ve been wanting to do for quite awhile. And it’s nice to put some finality to it.
As long as I had my iMac… I would alternate between having it on my desk, or having it in the garage in a box. Because there was absolutely no barrier to setting it back up and using it. The same thing was true of all my radio gear. I had way too many radios. And I would constantly rearrange them. Since I already owned them. The idea of going “minimal” really has no merit unless you actually sell what you are going to stop using. Otherwise… hey, why not set it back up?
I have had an ICOM IC-7300 for almost a year. And I have been hankering for a new radio of some kind, you know… because I’m a ham. The ICOM IC-9700 is certainly more radio than I needed. But it’s the natural companion to the IC-7300. I eventually decided to buy the IC-9700, and then sell all my other base VHF/UHF rigs.
This was a bigger decision for me, because I was essentially pulling the plug on WiRES-X. As of now, I’ve sold all my WiRES-X gear… my FTM-400XDR, FTM-100DR, HRI-200, and SMB-201. The only Yaesu gear I still own is my FT-3DR. And while I can technically run WiRES-X with it… it’s like the lamest possible way to do so. So it’s not likely that I will.
One reason for dumping my Yaesu gear… I don’t like the direction they are going with their gear lineup. They killed their only semi-affordable node radio. So now to run a proper node, you have to sacrifice a $470+ radio. It’s almost like they don’t want people to run bonafide nodes. I have no interest in playing their game.
I also sold my ID-5100A and ID-4100A. I am bound and determined that this new IC-9700 is going to fill my needs when it comes to VHF/UHF. I think it’s a safe bet. If it can’t be done with the IC-9700, I just won’t do it. I put a much better vertical antenna in my attic (Diamond X-300A vs X-30A). And I also ran another length of LMR-400 up there with a 2-meter dipole at the end on the chance that I work some SSB and want horizontal polarization.
On the HF front, I finally put an HF antenna in my attic. So I can do something with HF without setting up my portable antenna in the front yard. I built myself a little 20-meter “hamstick” dipole in my attic.
I do have five different hotspots. I was initially just going to dedicate them all to various D-Star reflectors. I have the UHF side of my IC-9700 hooked to a dummy load just for this purpose. But with the FT-3DR I can still work Fusion. And I have a Radioddity GD-73A that I can use for DMR.
But the GD-73A has always been rather lame. It probably has skewed my impression of DMR to use such a cut-rate radio. So a few days ago I ordered an Anytone 878UV. That should fix that problem.