HAM Radio 101

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Word of the Day (IOTA): What Does IOTA Stand For?

IOTA stands for Islands on the Air—a program established in 1964 to encourage Amateur Radio operators to contact stations located on the 1,200 or so island groups dotting the planet. […]

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Word of the Day (Go-Kit): What is a Go-Kit for Field Day?

As ARRL Field Day 2019 nears (June 22-23), many in the Ham Radio community are preparing for the serious business of honing their emergency communications skills. Field Day gives Amateur […]

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Triplexer Filter Combination Package–How it Can Help on Field Day

While ARRL Field Day is fun, it can be a challenge if you’re not properly prepared. One of the biggest obstacles to a successful Field Day can be setting up […]

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Word of the Day (GOTA): What Does GOTA Stand For?

GOTA stands for Get On the Air. By setting up a GOTA station during ARRL Field Day, you can give newly licensed Hams as well as curious onlookers the opportunity […]

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What is ARRL Field Day?

Who’s ready for Field Day, June 22-23? For the experienced operators at DX Engineering, it’s one of the highlights of the Ham Radio year. The first ARRL Field Day was […]

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What is “Long Path” in Ham Radio?

A situation where HF propagation exists between two stations in the inverse direction of the great circle heading.  “Beaming long path” means pointing your antenna 180 degrees different from the […]

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“ARRL Kids Day” (Word of the Day)

On June 15, young people all over the world will get to experience the magic of Ham Radio during ARRL Kids Day—a biannual event designed to get youth excited about […]

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Word of the Day: Pileup

Imagine you are one of many reporters at a White House press conference, all simultaneously trying to get called on by the president. A din of voices fills the air […]

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Word of the Day: Politeness–and Why It Matters in Ham Radio

While “politeness” isn’t a word exclusive to Amateur Radio, it’s certainly one worthy of highlighting. It’s important from time to time to remind ourselves that the amateur bands should be […]

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Word of the Day: Rag-Chewing

There are several aspects of Ham Radio in which brevity is preferred. If you’re in a heated contest where every contact (QSO) matters and the clock is ticking, you won’t […]