HAM Radio 101

HAM Radio 101

Memories of Field Day

Field Day… it’s not just an operating event, it’s the holiest ham radio weekend on the calendar in the U.S. and Canada. Since 1933, hams have been taking gear to […]

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MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System): It’s All in the Name

MARS, or the Military Auxiliary Radio System, is a civilian unit of highly skilled Hams who work alongside the Army and Air Force to assist with Department of Defense communication […]

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Hams You Should Know: Josh Gould, AE8JG, DX Engineering Customer/Technical Support Specialist

Have you ever wondered who was the Ham on the other end of your call to DX Engineering? Well, we thought you’d like to know. OnAllBands has been running a […]

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Remembering My First Ham Radio License

Like many hams of my generation, I got my Novice license as an 11-year- old in junior high school (1958). I was active in Boy Scouts and already had an […]

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There Is Youth in Ham Radio

“People still do that?!” -People when you tell them you’re a ham. At first, I thought about quoting Mark Twain’s famously misquoted line concerning the “greatly exaggerated” reports of his […]

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Ham Radio Contesting Etiquette for Contesters and Non-Contesters Alike

Why, yes, there is etiquette in contesting! Even though it may sound like chaos in places, there is a method in the madness. Every sport has its etiquette—certain things you […]

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A Very Abbreviated History of Ham Radio Satellites

Satellites have helped us achieve incredible advances in science, military, and telecommunications fields. They’ve also provided hams incredible opportunities for radio enjoyment. Since the Russians successfully launched Sputnik on October, […]

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Getting My License

What got you started in ham radio? What keeps you in ham radio? How did you get your license and what was your first station like? Quite a trip back […]

Ham Radio History: The Origins and Evolution of Radioteletype (RTTY) Mode
HAM Radio 101

Ham Radio History: The Origins and Evolution of Radioteletype (RTTY) Mode

It may surprise some that the RTTY (Radioteletype) mode we use today can be traced back nearly 190 years. Carl Friedrich Gauss and Wilhelm Weber constructed the first telegraph in […]

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My First Steps in Ham Radio

Radio bit me at a very early age, and it bit hard. At home in Urbana, Illinois, I was doing broadcast band DXing when I was four and had my […]