My Ham Radio Home Page

(You may have been directed here from You’ve landed on my ham radio home page. I’m KEØOG, an Extra-Class ham radio operator. I’m active on HF, 2-meters, and 440 MHz. I use this page as an index to ham-radio-related material on this site.

What is ham radio? Watch this video from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)

Current Geomagnetic Conditions for HF Bands

This chart shows various geomagnetic indicies and what the sun looks like now. These indicies show what HF propagation is like right now. You can use data like this to help you find a good HF band for operations. You can refresh this page to get the latest data.

Courtesy Paul, N0NBH,

Becoming a ham radio operator

How I do it (which will be different from the way you do it, but it’s sometimes nice to have something to compare to)

Getting on HF with your General Class License – a look at station necessities

Special Techniques

Computer Issues


On-the-air Activities on the Colorado Western Slope

LDS (Mormon) Church ham-related activites

122 Responses to My Ham Radio Home Page

  1. Ray says:

    Hi Dave,
    I am also Mormon and a new ham. I love your videos. The best I have seen. I have a TYT 8000e with a problem. Cannot get into VFO mode using the # key. It responds with “error”. Cannot seem to get a hold of the manufacture. Can you help?

  2. David Casler says:


    I looked at the web page and have to say I’m extremely skeptical about their claims. If in fact their radiation elements are made of nichrome, you should know that’s what portable heaters are made of. Nichrome wire will heat up nicely and keep your room toasty. Of course, all the power that goes to heat can’t be reflected, so the SWR will look good.

    I looked at the way the elements were constructed. Fishy.

    I’d stay away from these people. Look at the Buddistick website or MFJ’s loops or Cushcraft or Hy-Gain.

    Call They’re really into antennas and can probably point you toward something good.

    And don’t forget the simple dipole.

  3. Doug Iversen says:

    Good Morning, Dave . . .

    I recent came across an antenna, described in the patent as a “Nichrome resistive active element broad band antenna.” It reported to cover all bands from 6 meters to 160 meters without a tuner and with a SWR of 2.1:1 or less on all bands.. The website is

    Would really like to see a review from you on this before I plink down $400 + shipping.

    Thanks, Dave . . .

  4. David Casler says:

    Robb, lots of hams use the RG6 cable because it is so much less expensive. It may raise your SWR some, but not usually too much.

  5. David Casler says:

    Todd, congratulations!

  6. Tom Pullyard says:

    Hi Dave
    Great Videos, really inspiring
    I passed my first test back in 2000, KB9YSZ, then moved over seas and obtained a call with all privliges A92GW, in Bahrain. (Still on Since then my US Lic Expired and I did not renew, now looking to retest and get bk into the hobby…
    Thank you for putting all this info out there and propagating the Hobby

  7. Todd Pagliarulo says:

    I want to thank you for your excellent set of videos on the Amateur Extra Class series. I viewed and studied each video and along with Ham Tests Online I was able to pass my Amateur Extra Class test today!

    Thank You,

  8. Robb Bledsoe says:

    hi Dave,
    I have a question. I have been researching double bazooka antennas and am thinking of building one as outlined in
    My question is: will the coax cable used for cable tv work for the double bazooka antenna? I believe tv coax cable is 75 ohms, but I often read that all dipoles are 75 ohm. I don’t know. It’s get confusing.
    I do know the tv coax is double shielded and has a sticky substance coating each shield layer…it’s messy to work with. I’m thinking I can clean it up for soldering with alcohol, but that is yet to be determined.
    Robb KC9NNT

  9. David Casler says:

    I suspect the only way to know will be to try it. You present a complex scenario. I suspect you’ll find that your antenna does pretty well.

  10. Christopher Warren says:

    Hi Dave,

    In your antenna video you emphasise the need to have an antenna as high as possible.

    My antenna is mounted on a 10 foot pole which is mounted on the 3rd floor of my home.

    How does one measure the height, from the roof level I.e. 10 feet, or the height above ground 24 feet down? Will the re-bar in the concrete roofs make a difference?

    73s Chris de 9h1bw

  11. Gabriel Altman says:


    I watched all of your videos to help me prepare for the Amateur Radio License Exam. This morning, I passed part 2, 3, and 4!

    Thanks so much for your thorough and well produced videos!

  12. Jason, km4fpz says:

    Hey Dave. I would like to thank you for all your hard work in presenting all this imformation. Without you I couldn’t have passed my tech exam. That said, it’s now time for me to head up the upgrade trail and take my general exam which brings me to my question. While I’m studying, I’m also looking for a good HF rig to get me started. I’m looking at new ones because I don’t want to inherit someone else’s problems. What I would like to see is a video about choosing a first rig. There are so many choices I don’t even know where to begin. What should I look for/avoid? Thanks again for all your great work.

    Jason, km4fpz

  13. Dave KC3HID says:

    Hi dave, i moved and just put up my g5rv i am using a 1:1 balun between the window line and rg58 coax, but the anteanna wont tune up, can you tell me what you suggest, thanks,

  14. You have done a very good job on the production of the videos. So much so that I will be using then with my radio club in the school {KN4LHS}.


  15. Charlie says:

    Hey Dave, enjoy your videos, always informative. I’ve been playing around with using my gutters as a way to get on HF. My current set up seems to be working rather well. Have you ever thought of doing a video or series on using ones house gutters as a HOA HF antenna? Thanks and 73 de KD4CR

  16. Steve Price says:

    This concerns electrical grounding. Despite reading dozens of threads and watching many videos, I have not found a direct answer to this question. I do not want to be electrocuted. (Shocking, eh?) My station consists of a Powerwerx SS-30DV power supply (like yours) and a Yaesu 450D transceiver. The Powerwerx has a three prong plug and my house is wired to support the three prong system. Assuming everything is connected correctly, the three prong system on the Powerwerx should protect me from electric shock from the power supply. The Yaesu is connected to the Powerwerx via a 2 wire power cord. The big question: Can I run a wire from the ground post of the Yaesu to the (round) ground portion of one of my house electrical outlets in order to achieve an electrical ground of the Yaesu? Is there a compelling reason I should not do that? (I am using a balanced antenna – an Alex Loop – so RF grounding is not an issue, as noted at Thank you for this and your excellent videos.

  17. Martino Riva IU2IJW says:

    Hi Dave!
    I got licensed on november 2016 and got ready to transmit a few months ago.
    Tou have been so inspiring and your videos were so helpful! Your English is very easy to understand, even for an italian audience, and I just wanted to tell you that.
    I just want to say thank you for spending your time helping other ham radio operators.
    You make me want to go deeper and deeper in this wonderful ham-world !

  18. Ruel Landrito says:

    Hi Dave,
    My name is Ruel DW1VGX from Pasig City. I have been watching your videos all the time. I am currently a Tech and working for my General ticket. I find it very helpful to watch your videos first prior to reading the manual/handbook. Then watch it again after reading. The principles are all the same except for our rules and regulations. 73!

  19. Dave says:

    Roger, there’s an item in the menu to select audio input, either mic or data. Make sure it’s set to data, which allows the rear connector audio to drive the radio. Hope that helps.

  20. ROGER R EHLERT says:

    I think I read somewhere that you are using your Ten-Tec Jupiter on digital using Fldigi. I am unable to control the transmit audio with my MFJ USB radio interface. Is there a secret? The control on the front seems to make NO difference. I have considered buying another sound card interface like SignaLink. I have tried changing the levels of mike, etc. Maybe I haven’t found the right combination or my interface is defective. CW works ok.
    Thanks for any insight you may have.
    I enjoy your YouTube videos daily.
    Roger Ehlert K4ODC

  21. Dave says:

    Thank you and good luck in your studies!

  22. Donald says:

    Dave my name is Don i am work on getting my licence just wanted to say i love thr videos and all the info thank you very much

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