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

114 Responses to My Ham Radio Home Page

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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,

  6. 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}.


  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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 !

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Dave says:

    Thank you and good luck in your studies!

  14. 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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