Why arn't you like most of the other (Email Response)

Todays blog is a response to an email I recently received. I posted it here because I think some of you are asking the same question

I appreciate criticism & I don’t take it personally at all. I purposely did this video like I did and gave full disclosure about my six hours of experience with it with a purpose. Most of my audience are new guys to the hobby and like me come from a non technical background. I learn by doing. I’d never given DMR much thought in the past because it’s almost non existent here in the land of pave paws. Our one guru quit playing with it due to lack of interest in this area. The idea of a dmr / analog dual band HT was appealing to me because It can be used as a regular HT on local repeaters. Now I gotta tell you Don is an engineer and works with Kenwood very closely so yeah, he is much more knowledgeable than I am. As far as the D-Star information included in the transmission packet, That is done entirely peer to peer. The trust only sees the subscriber number on the back end and either allows the packet across the network or kicks it if theres no registration associated. Thats why I can change any of the displayed information at will and transmit it instantly from repeater to hotspot visa versa or in any combination. Honestly, I don’t really care how it works it just does work and thats what us regular guys care about.

I do dig into a lot of deeper ham radio subjects because I’m interested. That doesn’t necessarily translate into an entertaining video. My main focus in video making is producing an entertaining show above all else. Each week I make a conscious decision on how the show is going to look and feel. My audience has come to expect a fast paced show that wets the appetite for more knowledge and other creators on youtube. As I stated before, I’m not a technical type, I don’t pretend to be an expert in ham radio and frankly I choose not to make the same videos as the other guys here on youtube. Maybe thats why My videos generally get 60% to 70% more views in the first week than most other ham radio channels. I made my own way, use my own formula and alway remember that I’m a video creator first. It not for everyone & I know that.

What I will tell you though is, I have received thousand of emails and comments from guys who decided to get into the hobby or get back into the hobby based in part from my videos using humor and better production values than 90% of the others out there. My hope is the other guys evolve their film making skills and we get a whole bunch of well thought out entertaining videos that also give guys like you the detail your looking for. Hope that answers your comment. Now I would like to know more about how to do more with DMR as so far it seems a lot like D-star for me at least on my hotspot.

Bob Brodovsky (K6UDA)
The K6UDA Radio Show on YouTube
Elmer with Attitude
(916) 871-0726

On Jul 1, 2017, at 14:22 PM, Dick Linder <wb7ond@yahoo.com> wrote:
Most folks do not take criticism too easily, and sure as certain not in a public venue. Hence he email.
I watched your video on the TYT, I own the single UHF band, I have been using DMR 2 years, using d-Star since Dayton. We both like and own the Kenwood Ht

But I gotta tell you Bob when I am looking for a new radio, Sometimes, I want a guy that who knows something about the radio, the "out of the box" "no instruction manual" only goes so far. Example, "the radio only displays the DMR", number, that CCS7 database number is also used for D-star when setting up almost any of the hotspots, I wanted to remind you that D-Star has to download its database in the Kenwood and Icom to find the closes repeater, and it uses and, for Chinese expensive "mode" GPS to do that search. The DMR will find the guys name and call if the contacts are installed right along with the freq data same software.

You have to realize some of your audience does not need the "is it easy to work" review, but a Don W6GPS methodology, where he knows the product. The "just out of the box" experience is perishable, for me it lasts less than an hour, (Kenwood, well, a week and counting) .

Oh one more item, when I am driving around the "east coast" on DMR, a lot of guys in their states and "monitoring ALL talkgroups". When I pickup the mike and announce about 7 states will hear that, with an easy code-plug download. Or I can go to local, or I can go to "my machine" You "your machine" release the PRN... I can hit the Dillon SC machine from the home station. Don't want to come off as a DMR fanboy, just wanted to give you some review, while I was watching something I already knew about.

I watch some of your videos, they have great ideas, but I thought I'd give you a review bit more than your typical ass-kiss. I love your conservative views by the way, trapped in the Peoples Republic of California run by moonbeam, that kills me...


I am sure as you review these hotspots, DMR, D-Star, these guys that use them successfully, are "smarter than the average" bear.

Can we just have a good time?

I've heard it before, "This isn't a hobby, its a service". Thats the mantra of the FCC and the reason they allotted the ham spectrum to us. But to the ham, we do it because its fun. With few exceptions thats the entire reason this hobby exists. Its fun to experiment, build stuff, test stuff, talk to friends, associate with others that see the world as we do, make new contacts and new friends. For a very few, its all about public service, but I imagine they love it or they wouldn't bother. For some, it all about the zombie apocalypse. some get a license some don't. For those guys you probably wont hear them on the bands as the radio is simply another prepping tool.

For still a smaller group, its also about sharing the ham radio experience as video creators. My journey as video creator began 30 years ago when I was a working still photographer. Back then there wasn't a youtube.com or any . com for that matter. There were gate keepers at all media outlets keeping the unwashed masses silent and invisible. The internet has literally unchained the gate to make it possible for anyone with a vision, a story or an idea to share it with the world. Now finally, 10 years after pioneers like K7AGE, KE0OG and the guys at Ham Nation first started using the internet to share their stories and love for the hobby, several more of us have joined the creator club.

I'm not going to bag on anyone for how they make their videos because quite honestly everyone has their own video ability, access to equipment, post production skills and most importantly a story to tell. I'm sure those early pioneers were constrained by the mainstream ham communities conventional thinking. What I mean by that is super intellectual, engineer, rocket scientist types who had typically dominated the hobby for the past 100 years or so. Fast forward to 2011 and enter guys like me, unrefined, working class dogs who like strip clubs, RV's, and fast cars. We started getting into the hobby for different reasons but none the less found it to be engaging and fun. Back to my point; Im a film maker who happens to be a ham. When I began this journey a little more than a year ago, I had watched many youtube videos and several ham related youtube videos. The over reaching theme I saw in the ham radio creator world was stuck on " power point presentation mode" While the videos had a story, the execution was often boring classroom fare. While guys like Dave Cassler had some brilliant production value and great topics, For me at least, it was still like watching a powerpoint presentation in a classroom.

Bob the film maker sat down one day and asked, can a video on something as technical and niche' as amateur radio be produced at a level that would appeal to everyone in the hobby? When I first made the decision to start this channel, I wanted to engage an audience. I wanted them to laugh, sit back and enjoy the experience of watching a show and maybe picking up a tidbit or two. More importantly, I wanted the view to want to come back for more. I'll be the first to admit, I'm not the best fit maker out there. But I'm trying to get there. I'm always pushing myself to bring more to the table each week. A lot of it most viewers don't even notice, but it adds to the total experience of the show. put enough of those little things together and you have an entertaining show.

If you have a comment or suggestion for show ideas, or something You think I can do better along with how to do it, send me an email at k6udaradio@gmail.com

So easy a girl can do it!!

To my patrons and my friends,
This week I bring total fun and frivolity. As a creator, I try my damnedest to put out videos that are entertaining to watch sometimes informative and different from everything else ham radio related. This week I opted for pure entertainment. MFJ was kind enough to send me this cobweb antenna over the winter and I struggled to think of an interesting way to present it without doing the run of the mill unboxing video. So I'm thinking to myself how do I show an assembly video without boring my audience to tears in five minutes. BAM!! Have your kid build it and show that even an untrained princess mechanic can figure it out. So here it is, enjoy.

Now, about my 7500 subscriber give away. I've decided that one of my patrons should get something. So heres the deal. there's currently four of you helping out and I'm giving away an antenna and now an openspot. one of those is going to a patron and one to another subscriber. I'll let you guys pick by vote which one goes to a patron. I'm thinking about doing something to do with an on air contact but I haven't figured out exactly how its going to work. Guys, I can't thank you enough for supporting the channel. The fact that your willing to put up your hard earned money means a lot more than the money does.


Tired of the same old unboxing videos

I'm tired of seeing boring unboxing videos, long drawn out videos of guys putting up antennas so I enlisted the help of these two to assemble an MFJ-1835 6 band cobweb. Yes, they did it all by themselves. I'm willing to take chances with my videos. So I asked Danielle and her friend Jenna to come over and make a video for me. The idea was to show how easy it is to unbox and assemble this MFJ-1835 Cobweb. After cracking open the box and seeing how many parts were involved, I started to have serious doubts about this project. After all, I know Danielle doesn't know a flathead from a phillips and I figured her friend would have roughly the same amount of mechanical skill. Boy was I wrong. They actually did a great job of putting my new antenna together. Thanks Girls.

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Why I love my Kenwood D74 over the Icom ID-51A

I've owned a few iterations of the Icom ID-51 D-Star handheld for several years now. about a year ago I upgraded it to the 51 Anniversary edition. at the time I thought that little radio was doing about everything I could possibly want it to in a handheld. Then came along the Kenwood D74. Sporting a nice color screen thats easy on the eyes, tri-band, Dstar, dedicated APRS and wide band receive, I had to try it out. I had never owned a Kenwood anything before. When I first saw it, it looked clunky. a large brick of plastic that didn't look 21st century as opposed to the ID-51A and its sleek sexy design and solid feel.

The Kenwood is packed with a ton of function. It got me to try out APRS, I can listen to just about anything on radio, D-star is a breeze to program on it. The menus and functions are very intuitive more so than the Icom way of implementing D-star. The Kenwood software is a breeze to setup and it works fast. Tell it to upload, and within seconds your back on the air with your new setup. Now locally here 220Mhz isn't huge but its fun to play with and the D74 gives me that option unlike the 51A which has had only minor updates (IMHO) since it was first introduced 4 or so years ago.

I hear Kenwood is considering doing a mobile radio based on the D-74 and although I own two ID-5100s I'm excited about the prospect of seeing a tri-band, D-Star, APRS color screen mobile. Watch for my next episode of K6UDA Radio for more on this and a better look at the pros & cons of the ID-51A and D74.