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Review of CyberLink PowerDirector v16 (new release) #98

Description – PowerDirector15 http://goo.gl/FLPbnK. Here’s an out-of-cycle video describing the video editor I rely on heavily in the production of the Ham Radio Answers and Ask Dave videos, as well as the Tech, General, and Amateur Extra training videos. Note: … Continue reading

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Review of Pracomm SML-1000-1 HF Loop Antenna (# 95)

Roberto Arranaga, KX4CY, felt that commercial small HF loops were too expensive, so he’s made his own for sale at www.pracomm.store which has an interesting tuning method using a wide range tuner (such as the MFJs). I tried it and … Continue reading

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MFJ-6120 Zepp and MFJ-6220 Collinear Review and Test (# 87)

These are both 20 meter single band wire antennas (also available for other bands). This video reviews the “how it works” followed by tests for each, and explains how I got the Zepp to work. I particularly like the collinear … Continue reading

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Four MFJ wire antennas: Unboxing (#84)

MFJ sent me four wire antennas for evaluation. They are the MFJ-1984MP, MFJ-9232, MFJ-6220, and MFJ-6120. This short (a record for me!) video is the unboxing. Scroll down for more You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by … Continue reading

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Unbox the Radioddity GD-77 (#81)

Unboxing the not-yet-released Radioddity GD-77, their “try again” DMR Tier 1/Tier 2 radio. I describe many of the promised features. It’s both analog and digital, and operates on both 2 meters and 70 cm. I should have the programming software … Continue reading

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Testing the NEW GD-55+ for DMR (#80)

Here we are again, looking at the Chinese Radioddity GD-55+. The PLUS indicates they’ve made mods to solve the Slot 1/Slot 2 controversy. My testing indicates they’ve certainly gone a long way. They now cleanly transmit in only one time … Continue reading

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Unbox and Test FD-094B HDTV RX Antenna (#78)

Hams can use the PremWing FD-094B HDTV receive-only antenna for 2 meters and 70 cm. It’s surprisingly effective, giving me several SD and HD channels from Grand Junction, about 70 miles away as it bends over a couple mountains. You … Continue reading

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Review and test of Iso-Tip 7700 Portable Soldering Iron (#77)

I’ve never used a portable, rechargeable soldering iron before. This one surprises me: it heats quickly, charges quickly, and has easily interchangeable tips. Pretty cool, really. You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by clicking here. You can ask … Continue reading

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Review of BITX-40 SSB QRP Rig Operations

Previous videos explored aspects of building the BITX-40 SSB QRP rig. This video explores the operations aspect. Fun little rig! Ashhar Farhan photo courtesy Nagasai Nath. You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by clicking here. You can … Continue reading

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Review of CyberLink PowerDirector 15

Once in awhile I like to step back and talk about the tools I use to put all my videos together. This video is my review of the excellent video editor, CyberLink PowerDirector, specifically v15. CyberLink’s website is www.cyberlink.com. You … Continue reading

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