Author: Ronald Bouwens

Garmin eTrex 30 repair

After about 10 years of usage the ‘back’ button of the eTrex 30 had completely disintegrated. Regarding age and usage this wasn’t an unexpected issue. Unfortunately Garmin didn’t offer repair nor spare parts for this unit anymore. So after some research a spare front shell was ordered via one of the known Chinese webshops. The […] only accessible via Hamnet

From 2015 onward all effort by some dutch radio amateurs regarding paging was collected at the website At that time paging was nog really common among radio amateurs, except in Germany. In that country an extensive network had existed, but with the decline of the packet radio network also the pager network fell apart. […]

Cupholder mount

As the interior of a modern car often offers limited space and because it’s a pity to drill holes everywhere I’ve been searching for a way to mount the head of a (Motorola) radio in a non-destructive way. Also a larger car offers almost no options to mount a radio. But I’d found one spot […]

Codeplug hassle

A fellow ham had asked me whether I could program a couple of Motorola MTM700 tetra radios for him. To do so I could use my home made programmer. And it seemed I also had the sofware for the MTM700. So I was able to quickly read one of the radios. Nevertheless it’s quite hard […]

DMR thoughts

‘Do you quit DMR?’ This question was sent to my by mail about half an hour after I’d put my Hytera handheld for sale on a second hand website. ‘Did I ever start it?’ was the question I was thinking of… Some years ago I’ve been playing around with DStar. I’ve been using an Icom […]

Motorola MTM800: what’s in a name?

When involved with tetra radios by Motorola you’ll unavoidably meet the MTM800. In it’s first appearance this radio looks like an analog Motorola GM380: rounded edges and a monochrome display. Furthermore this radio only distinguishes from it’s predecessor the MTM700 by some extended functionality. But from the optics both MTM700 and MTM800 are similar.   Then […]

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