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Unusual J-pole Antenna (Ask Dave 302)

Here’s the drawing that goes with Ask Dave 302. Click here to get the pdf.

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Amateur Extra Videos Once Again Available on Thumb Drive

The Amateur Extra training videos have been updated to the 12th Edition of the ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio, and are once again available for purchase. Please note these are the same videos that are on YouTube, … Continue reading

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Website for info about DSTAR

Brad Rich provides this link for those wishing to learn more about DSTAR. Note it not only has lots of good info, but lists other links as well. Here is the link; you can just click on it to go … Continue reading

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Oggie Harry Rundall, AC3EK, Discusses Elbow Connectors

Harry reports: “I had asked about erratic power behavior on the ICOM 7300 on the mode FT8 last Saturdays Q&A. Well it turns out it was the elbow connector I had in line on the back of the rig to … Continue reading

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MFJ-17754 Instruction Addendum from Ask Dave 265 and 266

In Ask Dave 265 and Ask Dave 266, I mentioned an Addendum to the MFJ instructions. This addendum describes that the antenna comes pretuned too long and will need to be shortened, and gives instructions for doing so. See the … Continue reading

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Reference Station Page Now Active

I’ve put up a page that takes you to the Reference Station list of equipment. It’s at Check it out. Comments should go to the video that introduces the reference station component.

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Ideal Stripmaster Wire Stripping Tool

In today’s livestream, I promised to put up a link to my wire stripper. They’re a bit expensive, but I don’t know how I ever lived without it! Note: if you purchase through this link, you’re helping to support my … Continue reading

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Samlex SEC-1235 Power Supply Manufacturer’s Markings and Certifications

A YouTube viewer asked what the manufacturer’s assertions are regarding certifications. Here’s a photo of the label on the bottom of my unit.

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General Class Videos Now Available on Thumb Drive for US$39.99

At last! My General Class training videos are now available on a USB 32 GB thumb drive for US$39.99, postpaid anywhere in the USA. See here for the details, or use this button to order via PayPal with your credit … Continue reading

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Phoenix Area Source for Used High Wattage Resistors

Oggie Dirk van Dijk notes that he’s found a variety of high-wattage resistors good for dummy loads at Apache Reclamation and Electronics in Phoenix. Their phone number is (602) 254-0613.

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