Technical Articles

Antenna Tech / Technical Articles

Ham Radio 101: What is a Fan Dipole Antenna?

A dipole is the go-to antenna for many hams, but why is it so popular? Beacause it’s an inexpensive, yet effective antenna you can build yourself using wire, insulators and […]

Technical Articles

Getting Your Share in Ham Radio

Mom always said to share. That’s good advice, even for hams. But what if sharing is a pain—plugging and unplugging, moving connections, or constantly rewiring to coordinate your station? Sure, […]

Antenna Tech / Technical Articles

Part 3: How to Build Antennas from a Blind Ham’s Perspective…and if You’re Not Blind, You’ll Learn Something, Too!

Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, OnAllBands will be featuring a series of articles from Harry “Trippy” Brown, AC8S, longtime amateur operator and antenna builder/tester who’s never let his […]

Antenna Tech / Technical Articles

Part 2: How to Build Antennas from a Blind Ham’s Perspective (and if You’re Not Blind, You’ll Learn Something, Too!)

Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, OnAllBands will be featuring a series of articles from Harry “Trippy” Brown, AC8S, longtime amateur operator and antenna builder/tester who’s never let his […]

Ham Radio Splatter Readout
Technical Articles

When it Comes to Ham Radio, Splatter Matters

In the course of my ham operations, I sometimes hear stations that splatter, some more than others. Last week, there were a couple of DX stations that obviously wanted to […]

NVIS
Technical Articles

What is NVIS?

NVIS stands for Near-Vertical Incidence Skywave. It is used for local-to-medium distances on HF. This is the opposite of DX, which is meant for long distances. The radio waves from […]

Emergency Preparedness
EMCOMM / Technical Articles

EMCOMM: Emergency Disaster Kits for Home and Car

Are you prepared for an emergency? During and after an emergency, you (and possibly your family) may need to survive on your own for an undetermined amount of time. Being […]

Low Band Vertical
Antenna Tech / Technical Articles

Improving Your Low-Band Vertical

Here we are, just past the solar minimum with Cycle 25 just getting started. Fall is a great time for HF propagation as we’ve discussed earlier. Should you focus on […]

Antenna Tech / Technical Articles

Tech Tips for Assembling/Installing a New Beam or Vertical Antenna

Here are just a few tips on what to do when assembling a new antenna. The suggestions hold true for both vertical and horizontal antennas. This is a basic information […]

3M Weatherproofing Tape
Technical Articles / Weatherproofing and Grounding

DX Engineering Winter Purchasing Guide (Part 1): Put Station Weatherproofing Tops on Your To-Do List

As the weather turns colder and Contest Season fades into the past for another year, it’s a good time to think about shack upgrades and smart maintenance practices to keep […]