Technical Articles

Technical Articles

Repeater Etiquette: Best Practices, Do’s and Don’ts

The local repeater is often where new Hams make their first contact. I recall feeling a bit nervous when I tuned in to my local repeater for the first time. […]

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Put My Antenna in the Attic? That Can’t Work, Can It?

In the attic, you ask? Yes, in the attic! Many Hams, including many of you reading this, are limited by HOA or other outdoor antenna restrictions. But even if you […]

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Wire Antennas—Beyond the Dipole

The oldest radio antenna is—guess what—a dipole. In fact, a dipole was used by Professor Hertz to discover electromagnetic waves in 1886. How did he decide to use a dipole? […]

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Technician Class Licensees: Expand Your Operating Experiences

We all get in ruts. It’s easy to just keep doing what we always do. Often it takes a major external change to stimulate us to make changes and try […]

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Satellite Roving: More Grids Than You Can Shake a Yagi At

I’ve long been an advocate for operating on the Other Side of the Pileup. Taking your gear with you on vacation or a business trip gives you the opportunity to […]

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How to Build Your First HF Station

First of all, congratulations on starting your first HF station! You will be joining a long tradition of Hams with roots in the spark era all the way through to […]

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What to Expect at Your Ham Radio License Exam

In the past, amateur radio license tests were conducted by FCC employees at federal office buildings. Today, the tests are offered by volunteer examiners (VE) who really do want you […]

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Amateur Radio Tower Safety (Part 5): Climbing with Positioning Gear

OnAllBands is proud to present the fifth and final Installment of DX Engineering’s Amateur Radio Tower Safety Video Series. Tim Jellison, W3YQ, covers the importance of always being 100% tied […]

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Amateur Radio Tower Safety (Part 4): Fall Arrest Gear and More

OnAllBands is proud to present the fourth Installment of DX Engineering’s Amateur Radio Tower Safety Video Series. Tim Jellison, W3YQ, covers the importance of wearing a full body harness when […]

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Staying at Home? Catch up on Your Amateur Radio Reading

Being cooped up at home does have its advantages, especially when there’s a shelf full of good books to keep you company. And when it comes to Ham Radio, there’s […]