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Technical Articles

Video Tech: Establishing Hot Spots for Your D-Star Radio

Ken, KA8ODA, is DX Engineering‘s digital mode specialist. In this video, he takes you through the hows and whys of establishing a hot spot in your home. “What a hot […]

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The DX Engineering Team Salutes Ducie Island VP6D 2018

The VP6D Ducie Island 2018 QSL cards have arrived! Teri K8MNJ, DX Engineering Hamfest/DXpedition coordinator, worked the VP6D DXpedition on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 12 meters SSB. Here’s the […]

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Technical Articles

Tips for Handling Fiberglass Tubing for HAM Radio Applications

Many amateur radio projects use fiberglass tubing and there are some precautions you should take when handling it. When the tubing arrives – before you open the box – be prepared. There […]

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Technical Articles

Guide to Amateur Radio Frequencies and Bands

Many hams equate frequencies and bands with colloquial usage. Therefore VHF is 2 meters, specifically 144 to 148 MHz, and HF is 160 through 6 meters, just like on our […]

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Technical Articles / Weatherproofing and Grounding

Copper Strap vs. Copper Braid in Amateur Radio Grounding

Tinned-copper braid has been around for a long, long time. It’s been used in many grounding applications because of its flexibility and ease of soldering. It’s great for grounding radio […]

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Technical Articles / Weatherproofing and Grounding

The Importance of Weatherproofing Lightning Protectors

Most amateur radio operators (hams) know they should weatherproof any coaxial cable connections that are outdoors to prevent moisture entering your coax connectors. However, many hams don’t realize you must […]

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Amateur Radio News

It’s All in the Cards (Central Kiribati & Macau)! The DX Engineering Team Shares Some of Its Favorite QSLs.

Every month, DX Engineering features QSL cards from our team members’ personal collections. Some of our favorites are displayed on the cover and inside our 2018 Fall/Winter Catalog, along with […]

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Technical Articles

Coax Switches: What to Consider When Buying a Coax Switch

“Wow! I just got another transceiver. I’m gonna need a coax switch. I’ll get a used switch off the web.” Bad idea… Used coax (coaxial) switches come in all conditions. […]

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Technical Articles

Polarity on BALUNS Explained!

Q: If RF is a high frequency AC signal, why are there plus and minus signs on a balun? A: Keep in mind that we are usually connecting a ‘BALanced’ […]

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Antenna Tech / Technical Articles

Tips for Mounting a Vertical Antenna Above Ground

We received a question from a Ham in Oklahoma about mounting a Cushcraft R8. Although our answer was aimed at the Cushcraft R8, the information can be used for other vertical […]