HAM Radio 101

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HAM Radio 101

Word of the Day (Rig): What is a Rig in Amateur Radio?

Rig refers to a transmitter, receiver or, most commonly, a transceiver—a combination of a receiver and transmitter in one (back in the old days, these were separate pieces of equipment). […]

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What is a QSL Card? (Word of the Day)

If you’re new to Ham Radio, maybe you’ve seen a friend’s shack filled with postcards displaying tropical locales, the International Space Station, battleships, and other images. These are QSL cards. […]

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The Age-Old Debate: New vs Used HAM Radio Equipment

To buy new or not to buy new, that is the question. If Hamlet had been an amateur radio operator (with a name like Hamlet, why not?), maybe he would […]

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What is a Panadapter (Word of the Day)?

A band scope that displays signals on a band visually, usually as a line or area graph, allowing for a view of activity across a slice or an entire band. […]

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What is Contest University (Word of the Day)?

Contest University is an annual one-day seminar/workshop in Dayton, Ohio, held the day before Hamvention. Top Amateur Radio contesters, including members of the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, impart […]

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Word of the Day (QRP): What Does QRP Mean?

The 2019 QRP Amateur Radio Club International (ARCI) “Four Days in May” (FDIM) begins May 16 and runs until May 19. For the uninitiated, what does QRP mean? QRP is […]

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Word of the Day: Four Days in May (Dayton)

Today’s Word of the Day is actually a quartet of words: Four Days in May (May 16-19). Held the same time as Hamvention®, the 2019 QRP Amateur Radio Club International […]

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Word of the Day: Youth Forum

Today, we highlight Hamvention 2019 (May 17-19) in our Word of the Day column. For the 32nd straight year, Carole Perry, WB2MPG, will moderate the event’s Youth Forum, featuring young […]

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Word of the Day (Hamvention): Hamvention Overview

With Hamvention 2019 (May 17-19) only a week away, we thought it appropriate to make this annual celebration of everything Amateur Radio our Word of the Day. For Hams from […]

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Word of the Day: Ham Nation

Ham Nation is a weekly show on TwiT.TV (This Week in Tech) that provides new and experienced Hams with education and entertainment about Amateur Radio in all its forms. The […]