HAM Radio 101

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HAM Radio 101

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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HAM Radio 101

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 […]

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Word of the Day: What is an HT in HAM Radio?

You’ve studied hard and just earned your FCC Technician License. Congratulations! If you’re like most Hams, you’re eager to get started with your new hobby, and that means purchasing a […]

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HAM Radio 101

Word of the Day: DXpedition

If you’ve just earned your Amateur Radio license, you’ve probably heard the word “DXpedition” tossed around a few times. For many, it’s a word that represents one of the most […]

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Word of the Day (Grid Square): What is My HAM Radio Grid Square?

An alphanumeric geographical coordinate system, based on the Maidenhead Locator System developed by VHF enthusiasts in 1980, in which the entire globe is divided into equal-sized rectangles which are denoted […]