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Amateur Extra Lesson 3.1, Operating Standards—Updated for 11th Edition

Here’s your video introduction to Section 3.1, “Operating Standards,” in the 11th edition of the ARRL Extra License Manual for Ham Radio. The video discusses the concept of spectrum, how the FCC works, Part 97 of the FCC rules, purpose … Continue reading

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Amateur Extra Lesson 2.3 Part 2, Amateur Satellites: Updated for 11th Edition

Here’s the second half of the video introduction to Section 2.3, Amateur Satellites, in the 11th edition of the “ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio.” The video discusses polarization, Faraday rotation, repeaters, transponders, and band and mode designations. … Continue reading

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Amateur Extra Lesson 2.2, Digital Mode Operating—Update for 11th Edition

Here is your video introduction to Lesson 2.2, Digital Mode Operating, in the ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 11th Edition. Almost all of the material is unchanged from the 10th edition, except for one figure, which is flagged. The General … Continue reading

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Amateur Extra Lesson 2.1: General Operating, Updated for 11th Edition

Here’s your video introduction to section 2.1 of the “ARRL Amateur Extra License Manual for Ham Radio.” The lesson covers “general operating” and includes material on DXing and contesting. I’ve updated sections to match the new 11th edition of the … Continue reading

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Amateur Extra Course Introduction: Updated for 11th Edition

I am updating the Amateur Extra videos to conform to the 11th Edition of the ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio. This video is the overall course introduction. It talks about what it means to be an Amateur … Continue reading

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RF Connectors and What They’re For: AD#35

Miles, KD2LDV, sent me a question about RF connectors. He wanted help sorting out the alphabet soup. This video, part of the Ask Dave series, examines the most common RF connectors: PL-259, SO-239, BNC, SMA, and Type N. You can … Continue reading

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WSPR—Weak Signal Propagation Reporter: AD#34

Can you WSPR? This video is the fourth in a series about propagation beacons. The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter is a system designed by Joe Taylor, K1JT, a Nobel laureate, to study HF propagation. You can participate both by listening … Continue reading

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PSK Reporter—How You Can Be Part: AD#33

In the third in a series about HF Beacons, Ask Dave Episode 33 looks at PSK Reporter. This system can show you where your signal is being received, and all the signals that you receive, all nicely plotted on Google … Continue reading

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The Reverse Beacon Network: AD #32

The amateur radio Reverse Beacon Network (www.reversebeacon.net) offers the opportunity to see where in the world your signal is being heard. The RBN listens for CQs on CW, RTTY, and PSK-31, and will tell you which reverse beacon listener heard … Continue reading

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Sample PSK-31 QSO: Ask Dave #27

Here’s a sample PSK-31 QSO with annotations and descriptions. If you’re a General or Amateur Extra-class ham and want to try digital, here’s an example. I know I learn best by example rather than theory, so perhaps this will help … Continue reading

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