11SEP 2019
Renewing Ham Radio license

Renewing Ham Radio license

ARRL 600 Meter Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, said the mission of the multi-station experimental operation “has actually been accomplished, ” but since the US still has no medium-frequency (MF) Amateur Service allocation, he believes the Experimental license ought to be renewed. Raab commented…

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01SEP 2019
Ham Radio without license

Ham Radio without license

The FCC stopped sending out CB licenses decades ago – yet the lack of one triggered a $15K penalty. The FCC fined a man named John Hays $15, for operating a Citizens Band radio without a license. Wait a minute. You don’t need a license for a CB radio. Well, okay, technically you do, but it’s not something…
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22AUG 2019
FCC Amateur Radio

FCC Amateur Radio

Amateur radio complaints should be as specific as possible, citing dates, times, and frequencies on which alleged violations occurred. Complaints should also include a name and telephone number where the complainant can be reached for further details, if necessary. Please submit your complaints/concerns…
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12AUG 2019
Vertical Antennas for Ham Radio

Vertical Antennas for Ham Radio

It depends upon what you choose to compare it against, and on which bands. For example I would expect it to perform fairly well against something like an 18AVT on the HF bands, however it will not work anything like as well as a 132ft wire on the LF bands. I estimate 8 to 10dB worse on 80m and 20 to…

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02AUG 2019
Amateur Radio Awards

Amateur Radio Awards

Requirements In recognition of international two-way amateur radio communication, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) issues certificates to amateur radio stations of the world. Qualification for the WAC award is based on an examination by the International Secretariat, or a member-society, of the IARU of QSL cards that the applicant has received from other amateur…

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26JUL 2019
Ham Radio antenna Calculator

Ham Radio antenna Calculator

~ Calculator Notes ~ fo = Antenna tuned frequency in MHz. = Length (feet) of a 1/2 wave ant. (dipole), based on 95% of electrical wavelength, considering end effects. f(MHz) = Signal frequency in MHz. M = Signal wavelength (l) in meters. VSWR = Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (n). Pr = Reflected Power (%), expressed as a percentage of the incident power for a specific VSWR. P =…

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16JUL 2019
Ham Radio antenna types

Ham Radio antenna types

Antennas are electrical circuits designed to facilitate the transmission and/or reception of electromagnetic radiation. Antennas are specifically designed to transmit/receive as much electromagnetic radiation as possible, whereas most circuits are designed to emit/detect as little as possible. However, even a dummy load will emit a small amount of electromagnetic energy when…

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06JUL 2019
Amateur Radio headphones

Amateur Radio headphones

To assist you with selecting the RIGHT HEADSET for YOUR APPLICATION, we build three primary categories of headsets. Listen-Only Headsets These headsets are ideal for CW Ops or for Ops that may normally use either a Desk Mic, or a Studio Style Desk-Boom-Mic. They work especially well for either CW or SSB . These headsets feature 32 Ohm Drivers (except our Classic Radio headsets…

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