Operating Your Amateur Radio Station

Today’s Article Count is 23.   The most recent update was made on August 01, 2022.

These articles offer perspectives on ways you can enjoy the ham radio hobby through On-The-Air activity.

IC-7300 Manual Key Settings

Posted November 18, 2020

It is our pleasure to introduce our newest author  — John WA3KCP.  In this article John describes his positive experiences as the new owner of the popular ICOM IC-7300 HF transceiver.

Part of the How Do I… series.

IC-7300 Manual Key [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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Portable Operating Essentials

Posted June 05, 2022

Warm Weather Season 2022 has arrived.  You may wish to pack a picnic basket, take your radio and antenna into the field, and operate portable.  Our author has a few suggestions involving what else you should carry on your journey.

Portable Operating Essentials [PDF]

Keywords: BANDAGES, USER MANUAL, BUG SPRAY, FLASHLIGHT, BATTERIES, SUNSCREEN, POLARITY TESTER, ICED TEA, BROWNIES.

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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What’s in that book?

Posted August 01, 2022

Our #1 Author is particularly fond of the great outdoors.  He lives to take his transceiver outdoors and make contacts from exotic places such as Sideling Hill and Shippensburg.  He goes nowhere without his book.  Read and you will know why.

Radio Operations Guides [PDF]

Keywords: USER MANUAL, BAND PLANS, LICENSE, IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, COFFEE RECIPE,. THREE-RING BINDER.

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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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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VHF – Two Meter FM Simplex

Posted July 26, 2021

Our author shares a few thoughts about making contacts on Two Meters, without using a repeater.  FM Simplex is the name of this method of communications.  You can do it.  Click the link to read how easy it can be.

How Do I – Fun with VHF 2 Meter Simplex [PDF]

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FM Repeater Tips

Posted Month DD, 20YY

Frank Mellott, KB3PQT, writes about FM Repeater usage.  Many first-time ham radio hobbyists earn a Technician License and begin operating using a HT radio to access nearby repeaters.

Part of the How Do I… series.

How Do I FM Repeaters [PDF]

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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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How Do I… Repeaters

Posted November 16, 2021

Our author wrote this How Do I… article telling about how repeaters can fit into your ham radio operation.  He describes how some popular VHF radios include a built-in repeater function and provides a practical example of how you could use this feature.  Good Reading!

How Do I – Repeaters [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

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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.

Part of the How Do I… series.

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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Clubs, Nets and Social Activities

Posted Month DD, 20YY

One topic.  Three files.  All three work together to tell the story of what and how Ham Radio Operators do to enjoy the hobby.  Please enjoy these articles that are part of our How Do I… series.

Clubs Nets Social Activities Part 1

Clubs Nets Social Activities Part 2

Clubs Nets Social Activities Part 3

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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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Radio Games

Posted Month DD, 20YY

There is a time and place in the ham radio hobby where competition takes place.  Ham Operators use terms Contest, Radio-Sport or Radio-Games to describe the competition. A contest is based on making two-way radio contacts, tallying  points and multipliers to arrive at a score.  Read more…

Radio Games [PDF]

How Do I RadioGames [PDF]

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