Monthly Archives: November 2011

ACP 131B lists all Q-Signals and Z-Signals

On the video to introduce Lesson 6.1 of the Technician material, I discuss Q-signals. It occurs to me I have an old copy of ACP 131 from 1976, which is back when I was in the Air Force. The document … Continue reading

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Lesson 6.1 Contact Basics

Here’s your video introduction to the material in Section 6.1 of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual for Technician. After watching this material, you’ll be better prepared to study Section 6.1. OH MY! I see an embarrassing error! In the … Continue reading

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Ham Radio Technician Lesson 5.5, RF Grounding

Part of putting a good station together is a good grounding system. It saves lots of trouble, helps protect your equipment, helps keep RF out of places it shouldn’t be (like in your computer system), and in general keeps RF … Continue reading

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Ham Radio Technician Lesson 5.4, RF Interference

Interference, whether you cause it or you’re on the receiving end, is vexatious! No fun! But it will happen, so you need to know about it. Watch this video, then study section 5.4 in the Technician ARRL Ham Radio License … Continue reading

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Simultated Emergency Test (SET) on 22 Oct 2011

A SET (simulated emergency test) is a way for hams to learn more about being involved in emergency communications. The SET on Saturday, October 22, 2011, was my first. The Montrose Amateur Radio Club’s ARES coordinator handed out instruction sheets … Continue reading

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Lesson 5.3 Power Supplies and Batteries

Here’s your intro to Lesson 5.3, Power Supplies and Batteries.  Click here to return to the list of lessons.

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Lesson 5.2, Digital Communications

Whew this video was a lot of work! And many thanks to Lew, KCØUER, for being “on the other end” for a PSK-31 and a packet demonstration. Again, this is only an introduction to Section 5.2 in the ARRL Technician … Continue reading

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MARC Ham Radio Field Day 2010

It took me over a year to pull these video clips together, but the recent acquisition of CyberLink PowerDirector made it a much easier job! Here you see the Montrose Amateur Radio Club (MARC) at its 2010 Field Day event.  What … Continue reading

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Lesson 5.1 Transmitters and Receivers

Here’s your video introduction to Lesson 5.1 in the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. After viewing the video, you’ll be in great shape to dive into Section 5.1 in the book. (Apologies: at one point I refer to the 80 … Continue reading

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Lesson 4.4, Practical Antenna Systems

Here’s your video introduction to Lesson 4.4, Practical Antenna Systems. For the actual training material, see the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. (Note to self—some of the green screen shows through.)  To return to the list of lessons, click here.

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