I’ve heard that Baofeng HTs have poor harmonic suppression on several ham radio forums, so I decided to test it for myself with the Baofeng BF-F8HP I bought on Amazon. The BF-F8HP is a 2 meters and 70 centimeters HT with 1, 5, or 8 W output power. When a radio transmits, harmonic waves at multiples of the transmitted frequency are created, which must be suppressed before transmission.
Over the weekend, I helped operate the W2SZ contest site for the ARRL June VHF Contest from the highest point in Massachusetts. The members of the Mount Greylock Expeditionary Force are mostly alumni of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s amateur radio club, W2SZ. I was in the area so I joined them for the contest.
The first I ever heard about amateur radio was on Reddit, back in early 2015. A post that featured how it was used for emergency communications reached the front page. It was an interesting article, and piqued my interest. I did some more research, and was interested by all ham radio had to offer.
Ergonomics is an important part of our computer-centric life, so why not use an ergonomic keyboard? I decided to design my own, based on the popular Ergodox keyboard and my typing needs. I ended up with the Split70.