Category Archives: Ask Dave

Antenna Types and Terminology: Ask Dave #30

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

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Exploring the HF Bands: Ask Dave #29

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

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Demystifying SWR: Ask Dave #28

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

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Sample PSK-31 QSO: Ask Dave #27

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

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Installing FLDIGI for amateur radio digital modes: AD#26

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

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How to Set Up for Digital Modes: Ask Dave Episode 25

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

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Radio Time is UTC: Ask Dave Episode 24

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

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How and When to Use Your Amateur Radio Callsign: AD#23

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

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Ask Dave Episode 22: What to Look For in an HF Radio

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

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Ask Dave Episode 21: Exploring the Waterfall Display

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

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