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HAM Radio 101

Word of the Day: Poaching

Poaching is when a third station strays onto the frequency of a station who is running in order to make contact with one of the responding stations.  If N9RV is […]

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Technical Articles

Technician Training, Club Fun: The FM Simplex Contest

Technicians comprise about half of the licensed Ham Radio population in the United States. While there’s a lot of stuff you can do in ham radio with a Tech ticket, […]

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Events / HAM Radio 101

Guide to Canadian National Parks on the Air 2019

Spearheaded by a group of dedicated Hams from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadian National Parks On The Air (CNPOTA) is a new program (modeled after ARRL’s defunct National Parks on the […]

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Technical Articles

The Rise of Digital Modes: The Changing Face of Ham Radio

Change in Amateur Radio operation modes often comes slowly due to the need to change equipment. Two major changes in the history of Amateur Radio that vividly illustrate this include […]

HAM Radio 101

Word of the Day: “Rubber Clocking”

A slang term used to refer to the adjusting of times in the contest log to make QSOs appear to conform to the rules of a category and contest. This […]

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Technical Articles

Contesting Equipment Guide: Small Upgrades that Can Make a Big Difference

So you have a station, you’re operating in the contests, and looking to move up the score listings— excellent! But what to do? Is there a BNR (Big New Radio) […]

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Technical Articles

Backpack QRP Basics: Creating a Backpack QRP Station

A common train of thought in Ham Radio is you need to have a giant station in order to have fun and be successful. While there is no doubt that […]

HAM Radio 101

What is the VHF/UHF Century Club?

If working UHF/VHF is more your style (or all your budget will allow), there are still lots of ways to have fun on the air and get recognized for your […]

HAM Radio 101

Word of the Day: XYL

Today’s Word of the Day salutes all the XYLs who “stand by their Ham.” For many male Ham Radio operators, having a supportive, understanding, patient, and abundantly tolerant XYL is […]

HAM Radio 101

Split Operation—Pitcairn Island 2019

Have you made a QSO with the Pitcairn Island VP6R 2019 DXpedition yet? If not, keep at it. The team will be operating eight stations from the island until November […]