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Ham Radio History: Who Was Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW?

Today’s Word of the Day honors one of the pioneers of Amateur Radio, Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, inventor and co-founder the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) along with Clarence D. […]

PJ2T Ham Radio QSL Card
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Ham Radio History: PJ2T—Ham Radio’s Most-Logged Callsign

Tim Duffy, K3LR, DX Engineering Chief Operating Officer and member of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, received this QSL card commemorating the first-ever contest operation from Coral Cliff, Curacao—an […]

HAM Radio 101

Word of the Day: Rover

A rover is a mobile station that travels during a contest to activate multiple geographic locations (typically grid squares) during the course of a contest. Rover stations are especially common […]

Events

Five Things to Know About the South Orkney Islands 2020 DXpedition

The 2020 VP8PJ South Orkney Islands DXpedition (February 20 to March 5) is only a month away. If you’re like us, you can practically hear the squawk of winged South […]

Amateur Radio News

CW Operators Club Overview

Amateur Radio didn’t begin with long-distance ragchews around the globe. Instead, initial radio communications used continuous wave (CW) communication—a method not using voice at all—for reliable long-distance contacts. Commonly referred […]

HAM Radio 101

Extra Class License—and Why It’s Worth the Effort!

So you’ve passed your Technician and General Class License tests! Congratulations! Maybe now it’s time you go for the big enchilada—the Amateur Extra Class License. Here’s why it’s worth the […]

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HAM Radio 101 / Technical Articles

CB Versus Ham Radio: Three Reasons They Aren’t the Same

1. Licensing or Lack Thereof Ham Radio requires operators to be licensed. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for regulating the airwaves. Without a license, […]

HAM Radio 101

What is a Ø—Zero/Slash?

For Hams with the letter O or number 0 in their call signs, the zero/slash symbol (Ø) is an indispensable tool to eliminate confusion and make sure information gets logged […]

C56W Ham Radio QSL card from the Gambia QRV
Events / Photo Galleries

It’s All in the Cards! QSLs from the Gambia QRV

Editor’s Note: Every month, DX Engineering features QSL cards from our team members’ personal collections. To highlight upcoming DXpeditions, we’ll be displaying a few of our favorite cards along with […]

man setting up a temporary ham radio station outside
Technical Articles

Video: Can FT8 Be Used in the Field?

Attention hilltoppers and chasers! In this video installment of Radio Adventures with SOTABeams’ Richard, G3CWI, he chats with amateur operator Tom, M1EYP, who shows how FT8 could be used with […]