HAM Radio 101

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HAM Radio 101

Fox Hunting—Getting Young People Hooked on the Adventure of Ham Radio

How do you convince a young person to drop the video controller, put away the smartphone, step out into the sunlight, and give Ham Radio a whirl? Cue the Mission […]

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Product Profile: IC-PW2 HF/50 MHz All Band SO2R 1 kW Linear Amplifier

Icom has added a new amplifier to go along with its already impressive list of Amateur Radio equipment. At the 2019 Ham Fair (August 31-September 1) in Tokyo, the company […]

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What is “Receive Diversity?”

The practice of using two antennas, each feeding a separate receiver locked onto the same frequency, to better capture a weak signal. This frequently is an advantage due to the […]

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Ham Radio 101: Who is Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW?

Today’s Word of the Day honors one of the pioneers of Amateur Radio, Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, inventor and co-founder the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) along with Clarence D. […]

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HAM Radio 101 / Products & Product Reviews

Guide to Choosing Heil Headsets for Amateur Radio

If you’re thinking about upgrading your station for the VP6R Pitcairn Island DXpedition (October 18 to November 1), you’re going to want high-quality audio equipment in your shack. You can’t […]

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What is a Band Plan?

A band plan is established by a DXpedition team to let operators around the world know what bands they will be on and in what modes. For the VP6R 2019 […]

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Word of the Day: Topbander

For many Ham Radio enthusiasts, there’s no greater challenge than being a topbander—someone who operates on 160 meters(1,800 and 2,000 kHz). The oldest Amateur Radio band and, at one time, […]

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HAM Radio 101 / Products & Product Reviews

Ham Radio Amplifiers Buyer’s Guide

If you’ve set your sights on logging an ATNO or filling bands during the Pitcairn Island VP6R 2019 DXpedition (October 18 to November 1), consider upgrading your DXing capabilities with […]

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Bio: Tom Christian, VP6TC/VC6TC (SK)

For the next few days, our Word of the Day column will be focusing on the upcoming Pitcairn Island VP6R 2019 DXpedition scheduled for October 18 to November 1. For […]

Events / HAM Radio 101

Guide to October 2019 Contests

October should be a busy month for Ham Radio contesters. Here are a few highlights: Oceania DX Contest Phone (October 5-6) ARRL’s EME—50 to 1296 MHz (October 19-20): Work as […]