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…

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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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05MAR 2018
Ham Radio estate sale

Ham Radio estate sale

April 25th & 26th Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm 3001 Ronna Drive Las Cruces, NM 88001 Take Stern Drive off Union to Broadmoor Drive Follow Our Easy to See YELLOW and BLACK Signs COMPLETE Estate Sale including a Wow! Mid-Century is an understatement! House is full of great Furniture, Art, Collectibles and high-quality items throughout the Estate!…

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16AUG 2017
Amateur Radio rallies

Amateur Radio rallies

Occasionally a HAM operator will ask how rallies fit in with the FCC section 97.113, which discusses pecuniary interest and commercial enterprises. After studying the issue, the ARRL has this to say about the matter: Communications for business entities by volunteers – that is, by licensed Amateurs who receive no direct or indirect compensation and who have no pecuniary interest…

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18APR 2017
Logging Software Ham Radio

Logging Software Ham Radio

The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has named the free logging software development team to receive its Yasme Excellence Award. Team members include Tom Wagner, N1MM; Rick Ellison, N2AMG; Steve London, N2IC; John Bednar, K3CT; Nikolay Safronov, NA3M; Pete Smith, N4ZR; Andreas Hofman, KU7T; Larry Gauthier, K8UT, and Richard Ferch, VE3KI. N1MM+ represents a major revision…

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