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Tips for Handling Fiberglass Tubing for HAM Radio Applications

Many amateur radio projects use fiberglass tubing and there are some precautions you should take when handling it. When the tubing arrives – before you open the box – be prepared. There […]

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Guide to Amateur Radio Frequencies and Bands

Many hams equate frequencies and bands with colloquial usage. Therefore VHF is 2 meters, specifically 144 to 148 MHz, and HF is 160 through 6 meters, just like on our […]

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Copper Strap vs. Copper Braid in Amateur Radio Grounding

Tinned-copper braid has been around for a long, long time. It’s been used in many grounding applications because of its flexibility and ease of soldering. It’s great for grounding radio […]

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The Importance of Weatherproofing Lightning Protectors

Most amateur radio operators (hams) know they should weatherproof any coaxial cable connections that are outdoors to prevent moisture entering your coax connectors. However, many hams don’t realize you must […]

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Coax Switches: What to Consider When Buying a Coax Switch

“Wow! I just got another transceiver. I’m gonna need a coax switch. I’ll get a used switch off the web.” Bad idea… Used coax (coaxial) switches come in all conditions. […]

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Polarity on BALUNS Explained!

Q: If RF is a high frequency AC signal, why are there plus and minus signs on a balun? A: Keep in mind that we are usually connecting a ‘BALanced’ […]

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Tips for Mounting a Vertical Antenna Above Ground

We received a question from a Ham in Oklahoma about mounting a Cushcraft R8. Although our answer was aimed at the Cushcraft R8, the information can be used for other vertical […]

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Why is CW (Continuous Wave) Still Around?

CW stands for Continuous Wave. In CW communications, a continuous carrier is transmitted as long as the key contacts are closed. By making and breaking the contacts into specific patterns, characters […]

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How to Make Professional Ground Rod Connections for Your Shack or Antenna System

A “Cadweld One Shot” is ideal for making permanent, reliable connections to your ground rods. It’s a very cool process that is easy to do and will impress even the […]

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How to Use DX Engineering’s F-Connector Tightening Tool

Much of the newer ham radio receiving gear uses F-Connectors. Most everyone is familiar with this type of connector. You find them on the back of your TV set, your […]