HAM Radio 101

HAM Radio 101

Airplane Scatter: How Hams are Taking Radio Signals Skyward to Ping Airplanes

If you’re a “been there, done that” kind of ham who has bounced a radio signal off everything from the moon to a meteor to the Aurora Borealis, we bet […]

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Ham Radio 101: Mapping APRS in the Car

APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) is such a handy thing to have in your vehicle, and it’s not only about vehicle tracking. It is a single information resource data gatherer […]

Royal Greenwich Observatory
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Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About Zulu Time

So what’s this Zulu Time and how does it relate to ham radio? Zulu Time is the military name for Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). Its time is fixed at Prime […]

HAM Radio 101 / Technical Articles

Mobile Radio Installation for Beginners

You can find a lot of information on any ham radio subject. People will tell you that you need to do this setup or that setup. Who should you listen […]

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Ham Radio and Morse Code in Popular Culture—Year-End Edition

While we’ve already covered many references to amateur radio and Morse code that have found their way into movies, television, and books, OnAllBands keeps finding new examples to share with […]

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Amateur Radio and Morse Code in Popular Culture (Part 5)

In this fifth installment of Amateur Radio and Morse Code in Popular Culture, OnAllBands visits the highest grossing movie of 1996; a would-be electrical engineer turned stand-up comedian; and a […]

Zone Map for DX Contesting
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After DXCC—Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve finally logged and confirmed country number 100, joining the ranks of radio amateurs who have gained DX Century Club status. This is a great achievement, and you should […]

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Ham Radio History: Father Marshall D. Moran, 9N1MM: The Voice of the Himalayas

A Chicago native born on May 29, 1906, Marshall D. Moran, 9N1MM, was a Jesuit priest who served as part of the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus. His […]

ARRL Volunteer participation certificate
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Imagine Yourself as an Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiner

Getting a ham license used to be an involved process. Before 1984, most amateur radio licensing examinations were only administered directly or indirectly by the FCC. Amateur radio exams could […]

Sangean Portable Radio
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World Radio—Stayin’ Alive

You can hear all sorts of cool things on World Radio (shortwave). Although there are fewer shortwave broadcasters than in the past, more are returning to the airwaves due to […]