24MAY 2018
Amateur Radio Satellite tracking

Amateur Radio Satellite tracking

INTELSAT ROLLS OUT EPIC NEXT-GEN SATELLITE SYSTEM - The high-throughput platform should provide customers with superior connections at a lower cost. Designated Intelsat 29e, it will sit at 50 degrees west, and deliver services to the Americas and the North Atlantic aeroplane and shipping routes. At least…

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14MAY 2018
Ham Radio beam Antennas

Ham Radio beam Antennas

Sentinel Hex Beams are directional antennas that provides great performance and reduced size, and weight. The G3TXQ broad band hexagonal beam for 6 meters is constructed of six fiberglass arms and insulated stranded copper wire. The Sentinel series single band hex beam consists of two elements. The driven element is in the shape of an “W” and the reflector element is wrapped…

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04MAY 2018
Ham Radio license study Guide free

Ham Radio license study Guide free

The ARRL has launched a new online resource that allows users to take randomly generated practice exams using questions from the actual examination question pool. ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio ™ is free , and users do not need to be ARRL members. The only requirement is that users must first set up a site login (this is a different and separate login from your ARRL website…

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24APR 2018
Amateur Radio Reviews

Amateur Radio Reviews

My initial review of the original Baofeng UV-5R has been a while ago. Two problems (lowest possible volume and being off-frequency on RX) were fixed starting firmware versions 2.51 and up. After that nothing much changed — except for how the radio looked like. To be honest, all subsequent incarnations of the UV-5R were as exciting to talk about as the latest episode of My Little…

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14APR 2018
Portable Ham Radio box

Portable Ham Radio box

Nowadays, you can get into ham radio on the cheap. A handheld radio can be had for less than $30, and licensing is cheap or free depending on where you live. However, like most hobbies, you tend to invest in better kit over time. [Günther] just finished up building this portable ham station to meet his own requirements. It runs off 230 VAC, or a backup 12 V car battery for…

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04APR 2018
San Antonio Ham Radio

San Antonio Ham Radio

Below you will find some slices of ham radio knowledge that we ve collected from various sources, or invented from our own experiences We re trying to compile a list of known, trusted sources, both local and web based, for stuff that Hams want to buy. If you know of a trusted source not already listed here, or think one of the sources listed is not correct or untrustworthy…

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25MAR 2018
Study for Ham Radio license

Study for Ham Radio license

Before you can start using ham radio, you need to be licensed. Fortunately, that isn t hard! Here are the basic requirements: Have a valid mailing address Probably a no-brainer, but you need to be able to provide an address where the FCC can contact you. This is where your license will be sent, and if they try to contact you here and can t your license could be revoked. Pass…

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15MAR 2018
Amateur Radio Handheld

Amateur Radio Handheld

You may have heard about amateur or “ham” radio from a friend or maybe one of the members in your Makerspace is a ham. What is ham radio and what does it offer you? First, you’re a Maker, so you already have a lot in common with the ham radio community. Hams are tinkerers, builders, fixers, and inventors by nature. Opening the box (or building your own box) is not only allowed…

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