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Beyond Your Local Repeater: 15 Things to Do with a Technician License

You studied hard and passed the test—congratulations, you’re a Ham Radio operator! With that new Technician license in hand you can now get on the air. But what, exactly, does […]

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Product Profile: Equipment Cases

Hams can be hard to keep home. From fox hunts to portable operations to DXpeditions, they’re always off on another adventure—and it can take a toll on the delicate instruments […]

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What is the ARRL Rookie Roundup?

For Hams who have just become licensed or new contesters who may be intimidated by the skill of more seasoned operators, ARRL’s six-hour-long Rookie Roundups (held in April/SSB, August/RTTY and […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Reference Books

This holiday season get the Hams in your life the gift that keeps on giving with reference and log books that will keep them up-to-date with new information for their […]

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Guide to December 2019 Contests

You’ve got a few more chances to hone your operating skills and capture some end-of-the-year bragging rights before 2019 officially goes in the history books. What are you waiting for? […]

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Ham Radio 101: What Does “Barefoot” Mean in Ham Radio?

In Ham-speak, the word “barefoot” has nothing to do with going shoeless in the shack. It means transmitting without the aid of an amplifier. When the topic of amps versus […]

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Word of the Day: Tokelau Islands DXpedition

The ZK3A Tokelau Islands 2019 DXpedition’s 19-member team used a range of DX Engineering equipment while operating from this dependent territory of New Zealand in the southern Pacific Ocean in […]

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Ham Radio History: Radio Boys

When it comes to classic literature, Ham Radio rarely plays a prominent role. After all, Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men, not Of Mics and Men. And despite his name, […]

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What is a Smith Chart?

Look through the 2019 DX Engineering Fall/Winter Catalog and you’ll run across a handful of Smith Charts—a graphic display of how RF parameters behave at certain frequencies. Invented by Phillip […]

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What is APRS?

Earlier this week we featured thePicoAPRS-Lite Transceiver Module, which leads us to our Word of the Day: APRS. APRS stands for Automatic Packet Reporting System—an Amateur Radio-based system that Hams […]