HAM Radio 101

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HAM Radio 101

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 […]

VP6DI QSL card from Ducie Island
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 […]

DX Engineering ham radio grid square map
HAM Radio 101

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 […]

electrical multimeter
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Word of the Day (Multimeter): What is a Multimeter Used For?

All-in-one electronic test equipment that measures current, voltage and resistance in a circuit. This handy device is useful for locating faulty wiring, and testing electrical components, power supplies and system […]

Geochron world clock with daylight display
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Word of the Day (Gray Line): What is Gray Line Propagation?

The gray line, or daylight/darkness terminator, is a constantly moving circle around the earth where a daylight/darkness transition is taking place. When this circle is over your QTH, potentially enhanced […]

ham radio operators in a large contesting station
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Word of the Day: (Elmer): Why Do We Call a Ham Radio Mentor “Elmer?”

Say the word “Elmer” to a non-Ham and two thoughts spring to mind: glue for elementary craft projects and a bald-headed rabbit hunter who has trouble pronouncing his Rs (see […]

Amateur Radio World Map & DXCC Country List
HAM Radio 101

Word of the Day (Band Map): What is a Band Map?

In contesting, a graphical, real-time display of stations arranged by frequency presented by most popular contest logging software. The map is either populated by telnet/packet spots from clusters and skimmers, […]

large yagi antenna in the sky
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Word of the Day (Yagi Antenna): What is a Yagi Antenna?

Invented in 1926 by Shintaro Uda and Hidetsugu Yagi of Japan, the Yagi-Uda, most often shortened to “Yagi,” refers to a type of directional antenna with a single driven element […]

ham radio operator at large station
HAM Radio 101

Word of the Day: Scheduled or Skeds

In contesting, schedules are advance arrangements to make QSOs with specific stations at specific frequencies and times. Schedules are often made during a contest to try to work additional multipliers […]

illustration of a morse code telegraph key
HAM Radio 101

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

If you’re new to Ham Radio, you’ve probably asked yourself: Why can’t these people just say what they mean? A lot of the fun of being an Amateur operator is […]