Category Archives: Ham Radio blog entries

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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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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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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NanoVNA “Getting Started Manual” link

Oggie Lee Johnson, N4WYE, sent this link to a manual for how to use the NanoVNA. You can use the NanoVNA as an antenna analyzer. Click here for Part 1. Click here for Part 2. (Links updated 1 July 2020.) … Continue reading

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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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Story from John Cliff, GØWXU

I have just visited your QRZ page and noticed you used to be WB6GBT. I wonder if you knew an old acquaintance of mine from 1968. A guy named Wes Louden. He was a WB6. I do not remember the … Continue reading

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