Category Archives: Ask Dave

How to get the latest Brandmeister DMR database for your Anytone D878UV

Oggie Roger Shults, KE4BFG, provides two helpful links. The first is a tool to download the latest DMR database from Brandmeister, and the second is a video that describes how to use it. If you use this tool frequently, you’ll … Continue reading

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AD 195 Charts—APRS with the Anytone D878UV

Per request, I’m uploading a PDF version of the charts I created for the video. Click here. Here’s the video for handy reference:

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Hex Beam Model for EZNEC from Ask Dave 159

In Ask Dave 159, I used a hex beam model for EZNEC that was put together by the antenna’s designer, G3TXQ. The following link takes you to G3TXQ’s page where he describes the modeling. G3TXQ web page describing modeling method. … Continue reading

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Two Meter Band Chart Used in Ask Dave 209

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Market Comparison Chart that Accompanies Ask Dave #199

Here’s the chart I used for Ask Dave #199. It shows the offerings from Icom, Kenwood, and Yaesu as well as Alinco and Elecraft and how they’re positioned pricewise. Dollar figures are street prices from Ham Radio Outlet, DX Engineering, … Continue reading

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Drawings Used in Ask Dave 7

Oggie Mike, K9MK/5, has asked for the charts used in Ask Dave 7, an introduction to antennas for difficult situations. The charts can be downloaded in ZIP format by clicking here. The charts are images in PNG format.

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AD14 Typical CW QSO Charts

Here are the charts I used in Ask Dave 14, “Anatomy of a CW QSO,” by request. These PDF charts walk you through a typical exchange for a brief conversation in Morse Code. Click on this: A typical CW exchange. … Continue reading

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Unbox and Test MFJ-849 Digital SWR Meter (AD #76)

Here’s a look at an MFJ-849, a nice digital power/SWR meter that MFJ sent me. It works well and has solid quality. It also requires no button pushing to get forward and reverse power and SWR because they’re all shown … Continue reading

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2017 MARC Field Day Photos AD#75

Come enjoy Field Day with us! Here are some slides showing Montrose (Colorado) Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day event. The purpose of Field Day, held at the end of June, is to practice using our radios “in the field,” such … Continue reading

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Unbox and Test of W6LVP Receive-Only HF Loop

Here’s a great receive-only HF antenna good for stealth scenarios or just putting a receive antenna in a much quieter place. This antenna is the direct cost and performance competitor with the MFJ-1886. The W6LVP loop is better at stealth … Continue reading

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