I’ve been distracted for the last few days while our daughter and her husband had their first child, our fourth grandchild. Baby and mother are back at their home and doing fine.

Having a few days off work, I finally managed to exercise that new Kenwood TH-D74 handheld transceiver that I bought in November. After updating the firmware, I programmed several memory channels, including one for my IRLP node (4212) along with several local repeaters.

I configured D-STAR to work with my openSPOT and spent several hours on REF30C, a friendly spot on the digital voice highway. Next up will be configuring it to work on APRS and see if I can copy packets from the ISS.