Category Archives: Ask Dave

Kit Building for the Radio Amateur–AD#39

What kits are all about and how to decide if one is for you. You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by clicking here. You can ask a question by clicking here. You can go to my YouTube … Continue reading

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Using CHIRP to Program your Handheld Ham Radios, AD#38

Use your programming cable with CHIRP software from http://chirp.danplanet.com. I show how to download memories, change them, and upload. Also how to transfer from one radio to another. You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by clicking here. … Continue reading

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Baofeng, TYT, Wouxun Programming Cable that Works

Frustrated trying to get the programming cable to work with your Baofeng, TYT, or Wouxun handheld radio? Watch this for an approach that works, using the Powerwerx cable. You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by clicking here. … Continue reading

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How Does a J-pole Antenna Work? AD#36

After quite a hiatus to update the Amateur Extra Class videos, I’m back to the Ask Dave series. Here’s Episode 26, which answers the question, “how does a J-pole work?”

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RF Connectors and What They’re For: AD#35

Miles, KD2LDV, sent me a question about RF connectors. He wanted help sorting out the alphabet soup. This video, part of the Ask Dave series, examines the most common RF connectors: PL-259, SO-239, BNC, SMA, and Type N. You can … Continue reading

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WSPR—Weak Signal Propagation Reporter: AD#34

Can you WSPR? This video is the fourth in a series about propagation beacons. The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter is a system designed by Joe Taylor, K1JT, a Nobel laureate, to study HF propagation. You can participate both by listening … Continue reading

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PSK Reporter—How You Can Be Part: AD#33

In the third in a series about HF Beacons, Ask Dave Episode 33 looks at PSK Reporter. This system can show you where your signal is being received, and all the signals that you receive, all nicely plotted on Google … Continue reading

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The Reverse Beacon Network: AD #32

The amateur radio Reverse Beacon Network (www.reversebeacon.net) offers the opportunity to see where in the world your signal is being heard. The RBN listens for CQs on CW, RTTY, and PSK-31, and will tell you which reverse beacon listener heard … Continue reading

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The International Beacon Project, AD#31

Have you ever wondered if an HF amateur band is open for great DX? A network of beacon stations scattered around the globe is available for you to use. This video describes specifics and shows how to use it. You … Continue reading

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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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