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Category Archives: Ask Dave
Here’s Ask Dave #30, an exploration of HF antenna types and terminology, a topic sugggested by viewer Ty Williams. You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by clicking here. You can ask a question by clicking here. You … Continue reading
Ask Dave Episode 29 looks at the amateur radio high frequency (HF) bands and describes each. This helps hams new to HF to understand what bands will work best for them. For a PDF copy of the band characteristics matrices, … Continue reading
SWR, or standing wave ratio, always comes up when discussing antennas and feedlines. Although it’s by no means the most important element of antenna performance, it’s the easiest to measure, and thus probably the parameter most talked about. This video … Continue reading
Here’s a sample PSK-31 QSO with annotations and descriptions. If you’re a General or Amateur Extra-class ham and want to try digital, here’s an example. I know I learn best by example rather than theory, so perhaps this will help … Continue reading
FLDIGI installation and connections to your radio. FLDIGI is free software that amateur radio operators can use for digital modes such as PSK-31, RTTY, Olivia, and so on. The video covers downloading and installation on a Windows machine, plus setting … Continue reading
Ham radio operators are having great fun with digital modes! These include “conversational modes” designed for hams to converse over the air, keyboard-to-keyboard. Many of these modes involve the use of a computer soundcard. This video shows how to set … Continue reading
What time do hams use the world around? Radio time! And that’s Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This video explains what UTC is and why it’s used worldwide. Also provided is a bit of history, explaining the role of the railroads … Continue reading
This amateur radio video discusses how and when to identify your station with your callsign. Several scenarios, such as calling CQ, answering CQs, handovers during the middle of QSOs, and ending a contact, are addressed. Thank you for watching my … Continue reading
Are you in the market for an amateur radio HF rig? This video describes the various “must have,” “good to have,” and “nice to have” features. This is Episode 22 for the Ask Dave video series; the series is devoted … Continue reading
The Ask Dave series answers your questions about ham radio, with emphasis on those of interest to those new to the hobby. This video explores various types of “waterfall” displays. My YouTube channel, Ham Radio Answers, also includes training videos … Continue reading