Setting Up Your Amateur Radio Station

Today’s Article Count is 19.  Enjoy!
Most recent update:  June 15, 2022.

Antenna Discussion…

Posted April 25, 2021

Our author has been doing what Ham Radio operators do best — reaching out to a fellow Ham with a helping hand.  Hams who do this give themselves a special name — Elmer.

In today’s article, Frank takes us through some thoughts about the antenna-types a new ham may wish to consider.

Part of the How Do I… series.

How Do I-Antenna Discussion [PDF]

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Radio Roundup 2021

Posted December 05, 2021

The recent arrival of a new ham radio catalog in his mailbox gave author KB3PQT a bundle of material for today’s article.  In this article Frank talks about the various ham radio transceivers that are on the market — HF rigs, VHF/UHF Mobile rigs, and Handheld radios.

Part of the How Do I… series.

Radio Roundup 2021 [PDF]

Archive:  Radio Roundup 2020 [PDF]

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Computer Cables

Posted May 29, 2021

Here we have a collection of short stories related to how some ham radio stations have become incredibly dependent upon USB-To-Serial adapters.  Our author comments on the value of quality, reliability, and the false-economy by buying low-cost cables.

How Do I-Computer Cables [PDF]

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Build Your Own
HT Charging Station

Posted August 10, 2021

Got multiple HTs?  Always looking for charging cables or docks?   Corral them with this easy to build it yourself HT charging station!

Part of the How Do I… series.

How Do I-HT Charging Station [PDF]

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Selecting Coax Cable

Posted August 04, 2021

A look at coax cable, what it is, what it does and how to choose the best for your application.

Part of the How Do I… series.

How Do I-Select Coax Cable [PDF]

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Antenna Analyzers

Posted August 19, 2021

If you don’t have an antenna analyzer do you really need one?.  If you do have an antenna analyzer do you know all that it can do for you?  Is there an upgrade in your future?  How Do I… author Frank shares his perspective with our readers.  You can be one of them.  Enjoy!

Intro To Antenna Analyzers [PDF]

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Antenna Topics — Gain

Posted August 31, 2021

Gain.  (Not the Laundry Detergent.)
What It Is, and Why It Matters.
Upon completion, you will know difference between dBd and dBi.  Extra credit to anyone who can use those terms in a sentence.

How Do I-Antenna Topics Gain [PDF]

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Antenna Topics — SWR

Posted August 28, 2021

SWR — Standing Wave Ratio
What It Is, and Why It Matters.

How Do I-Antenna Topics SWR [PDF]

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Favorite Things

Posted May 08, 2022

A look at some very useful accessories you will want or perhaps even need. 

How Do I-Favorite Things [PDF]

Keywords: BONGO TIES, COAX CRIMPER, ANDERSON POWER POLES, MULTIMETER, PENCIL CASE, ARRL MEMBERSHIP.

Setup a Go-Kit Radio

Posted Month DD, 20yy

Take your radio with you.  Enjoy the great outdoors.  Make a Go-Kit.  Remember, it can’t snow all year long.  Warm weather will return.  Green foliage will begin to grow.

Part of the How Do I… series.

Setup a Go-Kit Radio [PDF]

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HF Portable Setup

Posted Month DD, 20yy

Tips for setting up a Portable HF rig that can travel with you to away-from-home locations.  This article and the one to its right have quite a few similarities.

HF Portable Setup [PDF]

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Portable Operation HF Go-Kit

Posted Month DD, 20yy

Tips for setting up a Portable HF rig that can travel with you to away-from home locations.

Part of the How Do I… series.

HF Go Kit [PDF]

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VHF Mobile Setup

Posted Month DD, 20yy

Put a ham radio station in your vehicle.  Like Mary’s Little Lamb, it follows you.  Great for those who have an interest in Emergency Communications support.

Part of the How Do I… series.

VHF Mobile [PDF]

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Moving Beyond the HT

Posted Month DD, 20yy

Many newly licensed Amateur Radio Oper -ators select an economical Hand-Held Transceiver as their first Ham Radio.  Here are some tips for when you are ready to move up to a radio that sits on a desk.

Part of the How Do I… series.

Beyond the HT [PDF]

HF Base Station [PDF]

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Moving Beyond the Rubber Duck

Posted Month DD, 20yy

The Factory Folks probably built your Hand-Held Transceiver with a Rubber Duck antenna.  If you want to extend your range of coverage then consider some other antenna options.  This article will tell you how.

Part of the How Do I… series.

Beyond the Rubber Duck [PDF]

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The ICOM 718

Posted Month DD, 20yy

Your entry into the world of HF Ham Radio.  Frank Mellott shares his insights as to what makes this popular entry-level ham radio transceiver a CLASSIC.

How do I ICOM 718 [PDF]

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A Look at Analog HTs

Posted Month DD, 20yy

In the first article Frank Mellott shares his first-hand experience and tells about the ICOM V86 Handheld Transceiver which came to market in 2019.  The second article supplements the information with Frank’s additional insights.

Icom v86 First Look [PDF]

Analog HT [PDF]

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Computers for Ham Radio apps…

Posted Month DD, 20yy

Computers… you can’t live with them… you can’t live without them.  Our favorite author stopped sputtering about his computer long enough to put some dark pixels on a light-colored screen.  Read what he has to say.

How Do I Computer Tips For Radio [PDF]

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Microphone Performance Straw Poll

Posted June 15, 2022

Unless you are a dyed-in-the-wool CW or DIGITAL operator you will need a microphone at some point.  Your amateur radio transceiver may have shipped with its own mic and now it is time for something nicer.  Our author reports on the results of a Microphone Performance Straw Poll. 
The winner is….

How Do I-Desk Microphones [PDF]

Keywords: HEIL SOUND, INRAD, ICOM, KENWOOD, ELECTRO-VOICE, SHURE, MXL, BEHRINGER.

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