Managing Your Amateur Radio Station

Today’s Article Count is 21.   The most recent update was made on May 20, 2022.

These articles describe Off-The-Air activities that can be an important part of your ham radio hobby.

Note:  This is newly created page, copied from our Operating Your Amateur Radio Station page. 
We are doing some housekeeping to split the topics.  Until the construction has been completed you may find the same article in both places and we may differ slightly in the Article Count.

A Look at Club Log

Posted May 21, 2021

If you enjoy crunching numbers even half as much as you enjoy operating your ham radio station then you can find a wealth of material in your logs.  Club Log takes the log entries that you upload and generates a view of who you have worked and which contacts have been confirmed.

Part of the How Do I… series.

A Look at Club Log [PDF]

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A Newer Look at
Club Log

Posted April 13, 2022

Our Author refreshed his popular document that explains many features provided by the CLUB LOG website and database.  The new version delivers 11 pages of content — six more than the original document.

Part of the How Do I… series.

Club Log and N3FJP [PDF]

Keywords: CLUB LOG, DXCC, DX, N3FJP, AMATEUR CONTACT LOG, LOTW, ARRL, LOGGING, RADIOSPORT, CONTESTING

Amateur Contact Log Special Event Stations

Posted February 28, 2022

Suppose you volunteered to operate a Special Event Station on behalf of your Club.  Wondering how to set up the logging application for the 1×1 Special Event call sign?  Here are some tips.  Enjoy.

AC Log Special Operations [PDF]

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Some of My Favorite Things…

Posted November 30, 2020

Our author offers his thoughts on useful and affordable accessories for VHF and VHF/UHF Handheld transceivers.

Favorite Things VHF [PDF]

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Replacing a
Microphone Cable

Posted August 22, 2021

Do you have a favorite mobile radio whose microphone cable has seen better days? 
Don’t give up on the radio.  Replace the cable!

How Do I-Replace Microphone Cable [PDF]

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N3FJP Rig Interface API…

Posted December 15, 2020

Today’s author discovered a wealth of functionality in the N3FJP Amateur Contact Log that can simplify setting up the Rig Interface for use with any of the N3FJP Contest Logging applications.

How Do I-AC Log and Contesting [PDF]

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When to Log a
WSJT-X QSO…

Posted November 11, 2020

Facts versus Opinions.  What constitutes a valid two-way radio contact, also known among ham radio operators as a QSO?  We have some facts and we enjoy sharing.  Please read and enjoy.

Part of the How Do I… Series

When To Log WSJTx [PDF]

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CTCSS, PL, DCS, DTMF
Alphabet Soup…

Posted December 21, 2020

As if CW, SSB, AM, FM, RTTY, SSTV, and FT8 weren’t enough, try your hands at under-standing these acronyms.  You’ll do good!

CTCSS PL DCS DTMF [PDF]

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Setting up LoTW

Posted April 18, 2022

Our author collected thirteen pages of step-by-step instructions introducing and explaining how you can sign-up with the ARRL Logbook of The World (LOTW). 

If you have been  awaiting the New And Improved LoTW Sign-Up Procedure you might choose to read this How Do I… article instead. 

How Do I-Set Up LOTW [PDF]

Keywords: LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD, LOTW, LOGGING, QSL, EQSL, AMATEUR CONTACT LOG, N3FJP, CERTIFICATE, STATION LOCATION, POSTCARD.

Make Your Own
QSL Cards

Posted May 20, 2022

A bit of background information about essential QSL card information.  And, our author describes some Do-It-Yourself QSL Card Design and Printing applications.

Make Your Own QSL Card [PDF]

Keywords:  QSL, QSL CARDS, QSLMAKER, QSLWIZARD

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The Well Read Ham…

Posted Month DD, 20YY

Whether you are just starting into the world of Amateur Radio or you have been around a while, you may find something that piques your interest in one of the many ARRL publications.  Our author describes several of his favorite titles.

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How Do I Well Read Ham [PDF]

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Logging Software

Posted Month DD, 20YY

An accurate log is essential for Radio Sport Contesting.  A log is a powerful tool if you are in pursuit of Ham Radio Awards.  PC software makes logging a piece of cake.

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Logging Software [PDF]

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There’s an App for that

Posted Month DD, 20YY

It can be challenging to imagine a Ham Radio Station that runs without using a PC.  Hams have a wide array of PC applications from which to choose.  Read about them here.

PC Programs [PDF]

An App for that [PDF]

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Practice Makes Perfect

Posted Month DD, 20YY

In other areas of the website we talk about being prepared.  Radio Sport Contests provide a competitive outlet for honing the skills that Hams use during emergencies.

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Practice Makes Perfect [PDF]

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Skill vs. Luck

Posted Month DD, 20YY

A short story about some things that went wrong on a Contest Weekend coupled with  the steps that brought relief.  In other words, If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade.

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Skill vs. Luck [PDF]

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Maximizing Play Value

Posted Month DD, 20YY

The point of this article is that most of what Ham Radio Operators do is scalable.  If you want to try something on a small scale you can get plenty of enjoyment before making a big investment.

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Maximizing Play Value [PDF]

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Public Service

Posted Month DD, 20YY

Amateur Radio Operators are well-known for the service they provide to communities in times of disaster.  Hams also are  helpful at parades, races, fairs, and walk-a-thons.

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Public Service [PDF]

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Hints And Kinks

Posted Month DD, 20YY

Frank Mellott, KB3PQT, writes about his recent experiences on the CARC Net, using FLDIGI, using FT8, and sending QSL Cards to confirm Two-Way Radio Contacts.

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Hints And Kinks [PDF]

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CARC Net Check-In

Posted Month DD, 20YY

Tips to guide you when checking-in to the CARC Net.  Our net is a directed social event with relaxed procedures.  More formal procedures are used by the  National Traffic System Nets and for Emergency Operations.

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CARC 2 Meter Net [PDF]

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A Plea for Logging Your QSOs

Posted Month DD, 20YY

Our author has a few thoughts about ways in which you can leverage the capabilities of the PC you may be using to work Digital Modes by loading an App and registering for the ARRL Logbook of the World, or by registering for eQSL.

LOTW and EQSL and Digital Modes [PDF]

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More Computer Tricks…

Posted Month DD, 20YY

Computers and Ham Radios work side-by-side to perform essential record keeping in pursuit of achievement awards.  Ham Operators use the words Logging Software to describe the applications that simplify this task.  This article describes three popular Logging Software applications.

More Computer Tricks [PDF]

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