Kevin Sanders

Amateur Radio and Scanning

I earned my technician-class license in Ames, Iowa, in September 2008, and then passed the exam to upgrade my license to general-class in Vinton, Iowa, in September 2010 for HF privileges. I’m active in D-STAR digital voice, APRS, P25, and whatever else I’m interested in on any given day. Prior to to earning my license, I was — and still am — very active in public safety scanning. My Echolink node number is 414323.

Amateur radio installation in a 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

I traded up my 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee for a 2016 Ford F-150 this fall. I liked the Jeep, but…

Des Moines police asked the scanning public for help after shootings

Shortly following the shootings is when the Des Moines police first looked to the public for help. Now that we’re in the age of online scanner streaming and scanner apps, law enforcement radio systems are being upgraded and encrypted to keep the public and the press in the dark. Des Moines police apparently found value in letting the public listen in to their dispatch traffic after gunshots rang out leaving two police officers dead.

Copying GRLevel3 settings to another computer

Copying your custom GRLevel3 settings to one computer to another can be a tedious process, but it can be done quickly via the Windows registry editor.

Race report: 2015 ALA Iowa Fight for Air Climb

The event organizers of the American Lung Association’s Iowa chapter calls the Fight for Air Climb in Des Moines a…

Sending photos and messages over D-STAR with Bluetooth, the Icom ID-5100, and RS-MS1A

I finally got enough of the components to reconfigure my mobile radio setup (more to come on that when it’s…

K0KDS does Dayton: Hamvention 2014 recap

I’ll be completely honest. I’m not one that particularly enjoys hamfests. I don’t need to buy anything, especially any used,…

Happy holidays from NOAA weather radio

Decode Project 25, NXDN, and MotoTRBO with a TV tuner, DSD, and UniTrunker for $20

After this weekend’s announcement of new Uniden digital scanners, a lot of scanner enthusiasts are disappointed that the new devices…

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