Ham Radio News


Operating notes: PA QSO Party, special event stations, metal finger pieces

October 21, 2017 Dan KB6NU

So, I operated the PA QSO Party last weekend. I really enjoyed it. There were lots of stations on, and I made a bunch of contacts. I did have a bit of an odd experience in the evening, though, on 80m. While the PA stations were pretty strong, none of them could hear me very […]

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Why are dipoles shorter than a half wavelength?

October 20, 2017 Dan KB6NU

This morning, a reader emailed me: I love your study guide. Reading the ARRL technician guide has proven to be difficult for me but your study guide has helped tremendously! I would like your help to clarify something. When trying to figure out the length of a dipole antenna, you say to divide the wavelength […]

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Amateur radio videos from Twitter: power line filter, HP test gear, Linux in the shack

October 19, 2017 Dan KB6NU

Here are a few #hamradio videos that I found out about whilst Twittering: EMC & Shack Noise: Filtering the mains supply. This short video shows how a simple homemade choke can reduce noise coming in via the power line. EEVblog #1032 Part 1 – John Kenny Keysight Interview. When I worked for Test&Measurement World magazine, […]

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Amateur radio in the news: Emcomm/disaster edition

October 18, 2017 Dan KB6NU

The past few months have really shown how amateur radio can respond in emergencies. And, the press has noticed. Below, are some links to news reports of hams helping out when there’s been a natural disaster: Using HAM (sic) Radio during natural disasters (WSBT 22) ELKHART — It’s unlikely we’ll see many strong earthquakes here. But […]

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Another unsolicited testimonial…and a funny story

October 14, 2017 Dan KB6NU

This appeared on Twitter yesterday: Vance @n3vem  Hey @kb6nu – just a heads up: I talked about you with @k5clm at minute 43: told the story of how I got your card bit.ly/2hBMl0Z In episode 89 of the Everything Ham Radio podcast, Vance  discusses his portable operations, including Parks on the Air. As some of […]

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