Articles written by: Sean Kutzko, KX9X

St. Charles Ham Radio Club
HAM Radio 101

Five Tips for Successful Field Day Public Relations (and Extra Points)!

Field Day is many things: a contest, emergency communications exercise, club social event, and a way to raise public awareness of ham radio. Regardless of which aspect you embrace, you […]

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Special Event Stations—Your Ticket to Special Ham Radio Fun

Hams are always looking for ways to enjoy more radio time. In addition, there are plenty of civic-minded folks among our ranks. A sure-fire way to help celebrate a special […]

woman using ham radio at an outdoor portable station

Ham Radio Budget Pileups: Being Rare without Going Broke

One of the big things ham radio can teach us is geography. We learn about countries and small hunks of rock in a far-flung corner of the world, and if […]

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HAM Radio 101

AM DXing 101: An Introduction to AM DXing

Since the beginning of radio, people have been interested in hearing faraway signals. When commercial broadcasting began in the early 1920s, radio was the cutting-edge technology of the day, and […]

Icom IC-705 ham radio transceiver
Technical Articles

A Change of Scenery: Portable Operating for Every Ham

The convenience of having a ham station at home is tough to beat. Being able to work stations at any time of day or night, without worrying about the cold […]

Yaesu FTDX10 Compact HF/50 MHz 100W SDR Transceiver 

Buying Ham Radio Gear? Ask These Questions First.

It’s always fun buying a new piece of ham radio gear. Whether you’re buying your first HT or upgrading your capabilities to work more DX, getting gear is an integral […]

Events / FT8 / Technical Articles

Field Day Strategies to Maximize Scores… and Fun

Since 1933, ARRL’s Field Day has been arguably the most popular event in ham radio. It is a rite of passage of sorts, with many hams citing the event as […]

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Amateur Radio News

5 Myths About Ham Radio

Whenever somebody finds out that I’m a ham radio operator, I’m peppered with a lot of questions. These are the same questions lots of other hams get, and they often […]

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HAM Radio 101

Four Myths about Ham Radio QRP Operating

QRP has certainly been a divisive topic over the decades. Some swear by it, others swear AT it! There is no question that QRP operating poses challenges that most larger […]

DX Ham Radio Satellite Path Coverage Map, New York
Technical Articles

DXing on the Ham Radio Satellites

For those interested in satellite operating, the current climate of low-earth orbit (LEO) “birds” offers the chance to pursue contacts within a good-sized coverage area. Most operators are content to […]