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IOio Antenna

Scheme nº1: Scheme of the IOio antenna “FM ham satellites can efficiently be worked in two ways, one of them sitting in our armchair with a complex fix station at home and the other with our HT in one hand and a hand held antenna in the other. All of them require skill and knowledge.… Read More »

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2016 CQ WPX RTTY Contest

Identical wording is used for both the RTTY and CW/SSB rules where the intent is the same.  However, there are some key differences for the RTTY mode: No 1.8 MHz operation QSO alerting assistance is allowed in all categories, i.e., there is no Single-Op Assisted category Single-Op 30-hour limit (vs. 36) Contact points: – Different-country… Read More »

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Amateur Radio History: First Radio Hams

Just before the end of the 1800s, there was a high level of interest in the new and almost magical demonstrations of wire-less technology. There were even public demonstrations and this fired the interest of aa number of private people, some of whom would become the first radio amateurs. First radio amateur Around the turn… Read More »

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HF/VHF Ham Radio Digital Voice Presentation

Thanks to David Rowe VK5DGR and Peter Freeman VK3PF for allowing me to video record David’s presentation on his FreeDV (Digital Voice – CODEC2) mode. This presentation was given at the Annual Gippstech VHF and Above & Weak Signal Conference held on July 11 & 12, 2015 in Churchill Victoria, Australia. For further information on:… Read More »

Why Modern Makers Are Bringing Back Ham Radio

More than a hundred years ago, a few intrepid amateurs began experimenting with a new means of communications known then as “wireless.” These protohackers — soon to be known as hams — for etymologically obscure reasons — began building their own electronics gear, hoping to use it to communicate with others. By the early 1920s, amateur… Read More »