Ask Dave Episode 6: The Amateur Radio Marketplace

This episode of Ask Dave sorts out the amateur radio marketplace – who the suppliers are, the big retailers, and so on. This can help you know what to buy and from whom.

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Ask Dave Episode 5 – How to Use a Manual Antenna Tuner

Here’s Episode 5 of the “Ask Dave” video series. This episode shows how to use a manual antenna tuner on HF.

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73, Dave, KEØOG

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Ask Dave – Episode 4 – Zero-Beating CW Signals

Here’s the fourth installment of Ask Dave, which focuses on a CW conundrum: how to tune a CW signal with your HF receiver so that the other station can hear you easily. The process is called zero-beating, meaning making the signals match in tone. Your HF radio has a button or control called “spot” that enables this, giving rise to the jargon “spotting his signal.”

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Ask Dave – Episode 3 – Setting Up Your Home Station

Covers your home station from power through the coax. The antenna will be discussed in a separate video.

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20-meter Band Graphic from Ask Dave 2

By request here is the band graphic showing where certain types of activity take place on the 20-meter band. This is by no means a complete representation, but highlights some of the more interesting features. This graphic was used in the second Ask Dave video.

Graphic from Ask Dave Episode 2, showing some key features of the US Amateur 20-meter band (14 to 14.35 MHz)

Graphic from Ask Dave Episode 2, showing some key features of the US Amateur 20-meter band (14 to 14.35 MHz)

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Ask Dave – Episode 2 – A Tour of the 20-meter Ham Band

This week’s installment is built around a response to a question from Justin Smith, AF7QN, who asked about calling CQ and where to listen for a response. That question sparked this tour of the 20-meter band for the new General or Extra, or for those hams who might like to try something new.

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Ask Dave – Episode 1 – Antenna Analyzers

New video series! Ask a question about ham radio and I’ll try to answer it in a video. Click here for the form. And, I love feedback, so be sure to comment either here or on YouTube!

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Amateur Extra Lesson 11.2, RF Exposure, and Parting Thoughts

Here it is: the last video in the Amateur Extra series! This is your video introduction to Section 11.2, “RF Exposure,” in the ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio. The material in the section is very similar to the material in Section 8.2 in the General Class manual. Also included are some parting thoughts, including information about a new video series, “Ask Dave!”

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Amateur Extra Lesson 11.1, Hazardous Materials

Here’s your video introduction to Section 11.1, “Hazardous Materials,” in the ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio. Topics discussed include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Beryllium, Lead (Pb), and Carbon Monoxide.

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Amateur Extra Lesson 10.2, VHF/UHF/Microwave Propagation

Here’s your video introduction to Section 10.2, “VHF/UHF/Microwave Propagation,” from the ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio. Topics covered include the radio horizon, multipath, tropospheric propagation, transequatorial propagation, auroral propagation, meteor scatter communications, and earth-moon-earth propagation.

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