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Got a question about ham radio? Working on getting your license and something isn’t clear? Fill out the form below to pose your question. I’ll answer as many questions as I can in the Ask Dave! video series on my YouTube channel. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notification of upcoming videos. 73! A list of previous Ask Dave videos starts right after the form.

Previous Ask Dave! videos

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Ask Dave Episode 26
Setting up FLDIGI for Digital Modes
FLDIGI is great software for digital modes such as PSK-31. This video shows how to download it and set it up.
Ask Dave Episode 25
How to Set Up Your Station for Digital Modes
Walks through how digital modes are created using sound cards and shows the components you’ll need for a digital station.
Ask Dave Episode 24
Radio Time is UTC
Shows how to use Coordinated Universal Time for your logging and QSL cards. Also a short history of GMT and UTC.
Ask Dave Episode 23
How and when must you identify?
Here are the basics for when and how to identify your station on the air, including calling and answering CQs, contests, and DX.
Ask Dave Episode 22
What to look for in an HF radio
Are you looking at HF radios, new or old? What features are important?
Ask Dave Episode 21
Exploring Waterfall Displays
Learn what waterfall displays are in digital software or on software-defined radios and how to use them.
Ask Dave Episode 20
How Much Does a General Upgrade Cost?
Once you have your Tech, how much does it cost to get your General license and equip an HF station?
Ask Dave Episode 19
How Much Does Ham Radio Cost
How much does it cost to get into ham radio at the Technician License level?
Ask Dave Episode 18
Logging your HF contacts
All about logging, both on paper and using the computer
Ask Dave Episode 17
Power for your Amateur Radio Station
Linear and switch-mode power supplies. Using batteries to power your radio. Allowable voltage variations.
Ask Dave Episode 16
Troubleshooting HF Setup Issues
Explores things that can go wrong while setting up an HF station for the first time, and how to remedy them.
Ask Dave Episode 15
Emergencies and You: Are You Ready?
Readying yourself and your station to participate in disaster communications in a meaningful way

Ask Dave Episode 14
Anatomy of a CW QSO
Here’s what a CW QSO actually looks like, especially for newcomers to CW. You don’t need to know CW to learn from this video!
Ask Dave Episode 13
The CW Renaissance
CW is coming back! Here’s what it is, where it is, how to use it, and how to learn it.
Ask Dave Episode 12
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.
Ask Dave Episode 11
Antenna 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.
Ask Dave Episode 10
Peter Greene, KG7VXX, asks about radials for vertical antenna systems. Dick Jubinville, W1REJ, asks about how remote coax switches can work without a control cable. And Bill Smith, N5XVT, asks about finding info on old rigs.
Ask Dave Episode 9
Assigning Amateur Callsigns
KG7KCH, Pete, asks how amateur callsigns are assigned.
Ask Dave Episode 8
Station Grounding
Ask Dave Episode 8 is about station grounding.
Ask Dave Episode 7
HF Antennas for Difficult Situations
This episode explores HF antennas for those with less-than-ideal situations. The video includes three case studies.
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.
Ask Dave Episode 5
How to Use a Manual Antenna Tuner
This episode shows how to use a manual antenna tuner on HF.
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.
Ask Dave Episode 3
Setting Up Your Home Station
Covers your home station from power through the coax.
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.
Ask Dave Episode 1
Antenna Analyzers
How to use an antenna analyzer