Articles written by: Mark Haverstock, K8MSH

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Ham Radio 101: What is a Fan Dipole Antenna?

A dipole is the go-to antenna for many hams, but why is it so popular? Beacause it’s an inexpensive, yet effective antenna you can build yourself using wire, insulators and […]

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Getting Your Share in Ham Radio

Mom always said to share. That’s good advice, even for hams. But what if sharing is a pain—plugging and unplugging, moving connections, or constantly rewiring to coordinate your station? Sure, […]

Extra Class License Manual Book
HAM Radio 101

Tips on Prepping for Your Ham Radio License Test

Study for two minutes. Get a cup of coffee. Study for two more minutes. Browse Netflix. Study again for two minutes. Check email. Study for another two minutes. Get lost […]

Ham Radio Splatter Readout
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When it Comes to Ham Radio, Splatter Matters

In the course of my ham operations, I sometimes hear stations that splatter, some more than others. Last week, there were a couple of DX stations that obviously wanted to […]

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Superheterodyne, SDR, Hybrid SDR: Which is Best?

Software Defined Radios (SDR) have become popular with hams over the last few years. Many own one, and those who don’t have certainly heard of them. What is an SDR […]

Extending the Life of Your Antenna System
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Extending the Life of Your Antenna System

Wouldn’t it be great if your antenna system would work forever without any maintenance? Put it up once and enjoy it indefinitely–no tower climbing, cleaning connections, or replacing corroded parts. […]

Yaesu FTDX10 Compact HF/50 MHz 100W SDR Transceiver 
Products & Product Reviews

Taking a Close Look at the Yaesu FTDX10 Compact HF/50 MHz 100W SDR Transceiver 

If you make one of the best HF transceivers on the market, what do you do for an encore? You make another radio with excellent receiver performance that incorporates some […]

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Hams on the Go Part II—Making Practical Decisions Away from Home

In Part I of Hams on the Go, we discussed the basics of what you need to get on the air when you’re mobile. Now it’s time to look at […]

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Tuning Your Dipole Antenna Installation

You’ve gone to great lengths to make sure your antenna is cut for the proper frequency using the 468/MHz formula. You’ve measured twice and cut once, yet the SWR readings […]

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Operating on the Low Bands–160 and 80 Meters

There are very good reasons why you should use the 160 and 80 meter bands. They are usually the least likely to fail under adverse propagation conditions. In times of […]