Ask Dave 17: Power For Your Amateur Radio Station

Ask Dave 17 delves into the mysteries of powering your amateur radio station. It covers both linear and switch-mode supplies. Also discussed are voltage drops in power cords, using 12v batteries to power your rig, and other topics. The Ham Radio Answers YouTube channel includes training videos for the Technician, General, and Amateur Extra class licenses, as well as the Ask Dave series. Be sure to subscribe on YouTube! All of these videos are also available on this website: just click on the correct category found in the right hand column of this web page.

The Ask Dave series answers your questions about amateur radio, particularly those of interest to newcomers. A complete list of the videos is found by clicking here (scroll down past the question form). You can ask a question by commenting on a YouTube video or by clicking here. The tip jar is available by clicking here.

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Ask Dave Episode 16: Troubleshooting HF Setup Issues

The Ask Dave videos answer your questions about ham radio, with the answers geared toward those new to the hobby. Ask Dave 16 focuses on troubleshooting issues that arise when setting up an HF station. The video addresses both radio/antenna issues and propagation issues.

The Ham Radio Answers channel is devoted to training new hams and mentoring hams in enjoying being on the air! You can submit questions by clicking here. The Tip Jar is available by clicking here.

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Tech Videos Now Available on DVD

Many people have asked for the Tech videos on DVD. They’re now available by clicking here.

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Ask Dave Episode 15: Emergencies and You—Are You Ready?

The Ask Dave videos answer your questions about ham radio. This episode covers the processes of organizing, training, and equipping prior to deployment of you and your ham radio equipment. The time to prepare to help in an emergency is prior to the disaster!

You can ask questions by clicking here. If this video has been particularly useful, the Tip Jar is available by clicking here.

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Ask Dave Episode 14: The Anatomy of a CW QSO

The Ask Dave series answers your questions about amateur radio, with emphasis on those posed by newcomers to the hobby. This video breaks down a typical CW QSO of the type encountered by a CW beginner.

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Ask Dave Episode 13: The CW Renaissance

The Ask Dave videos answer your questions about ham radio, particularly questions from those new to the hobby. This video explores CW—the Morse Code. It’s coming back into vogue!

Learn how to learn the code, ARRL Morse Code Operating book can be found at by clicking here. My channel, “Ham Radio Answers” also includes training videos that follow the ARRL manuals for Tech, General, and Amateur Extra. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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Ask Dave Episode 12: Radiosport!

The Ask Dave series answers your questions about ham radio, with emphasis on those new to the hobby. This video addresses the age-old question: “I got my license. Now what?” Specifically, for those who enjoy goals and measurable objectives, the video covers contesting, dxing, operating awards, and CW proficiency.

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Ask Dave! Episode 11, Antenna-Related Questions

This Ask Dave episode addresses three common antenna-related questions. The first has to do with how to hang the coax from the center insulator in a dipole. The second deals with the inadequacies of rubber-duck antennas. The third has to do with materials for center insulators. Be sure to subscribe to receive notice of upcoming videos. The Ask Dave series answers your questions about ham radio, with emphasis on those new to the hobby. My channel, Ham Radio Answers, also includes a complete series of Tech, General, and Extra training videos that follow the ARRL license manuals.

Pose questions by clicking here. You can go to the tip jar by clicking here. Go to my YouTube channel, Ham Radio Answers, by clicking here.

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Selling on eBay: Charts from Library Class

Selling on eBay

Click on the image to go to the PDF charts from the 1 Dec 2015 library presentation about selling on eBay.

I taught a class last night at the Montrose (Colorado) Public Library to 21 students. As promised, you may get the charts by clicking here or by clicking on the image. The second half of the class is 8 Dec 2015 at the Montrose Library.

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Setting up WSJT-X for the Yaesu FTdx3000

I received an inquiry from Darryl, VK3DAZ (Australia), asking about interfacing the popular JT65 program WSJT-X with the Yaesu FTdx3000. I’ve been able to make my ‘3000 work directly with WSJT-X as a standalone, or with Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) in the background as a rig controller. This post shows how I do it directly with WSJT-X.

First, of course, is to make sure that the computer and the ‘3000 are talking properly. If they do for HRD, then the same COM setting should work for WSJT-X. Be sure to use the “enhanced” COM port (note this is true even if you are using the USB attachment to the radio). If you have trouble setting up the ‘3000’s internal soundcard, take a look at this site here for an excellent explanation.

Second, make sure you’re using the latest version of WSJT-X. As of today, it’s v1.5. You can download it by clicking here.

The following screen is the Radio Setup page, reached by clicking File, then Settings, then choosing the Radio screen. I will go through each detail. Continue reading

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