Articles written by: Sean Kutzko, KX9X


Why ARRL Sweepstakes is the Best Contest of All

When contest season begins at the end of September, there are many great events that contest veterans look forward to, but nothing compares to ARRL Sweepstakes. With roots going back […]

Technical Articles

Ham Radio Basics: QSL Card Info and Etiquette

For over a century, hams have exchanged QSL cards to confirm two-way contacts between each other. Originally used to facilitate technical details about a station’s qualities, over time they morphed […]

Technical Articles

The Path to 488: The GridMaster Award for Satellite Operators

Those new to satellite operating are generally thrilled when they finally talk to another person through an object orbiting in space. As the number of contacts starts to grow, many […]

HAM Radio 101

Video—FM Satellite Etiquette: Five Tips for Better Satellite Success

With interest in ham radio satellites at an all-time high, it’s more important than ever for both new and longtime amateurs to review best practices for operating the FM birds—one […]

HAM Radio 101

Memories of Field Day

Field Day… it’s not just an operating event, it’s the holiest ham radio weekend on the calendar in the U.S. and Canada. Since 1933, hams have been taking gear to […]

HAM Radio 101

My First Steps in Ham Radio

Radio bit me at a very early age, and it bit hard. At home in Urbana, Illinois, I was doing broadcast band DXing when I was four and had my […]

Technical Articles

Five Tips for Successful QRP Operating

QRP, or low-power operating, is one of Ham radio’s fundamental challenges. Can you really make contacts running only five watts or less? Yes, Virginia, you can enjoy a quality ham […]

Technical Articles

Your First Pileup: Techniques for Success

Operating from a rare (or semi-rare) location is one of the greatest experiences in Ham radio. Many operators have spent time trying to work a DXpedition and have also dreamed […]

Technical Articles

Satellite Basics (Part 6): Operating a Satellite while Roving

In our sixth and final installment of Sean Kutzko’s video series on the Basics of Operating Amateur Radio Satellites, he takes his show on the road to demonstrate one of […]

Technical Articles

Satellite Basics (Part 5): Operating Satellites from Your Home Station

Editor’s Note: Welcome to OnAllBands’ new video series on the fun and challenges of making contacts through Amateur Radio satellites! Your host is Sean Kutzko, KX9X, OnAllBands blogger, former AMSAT Volunteer […]