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An interesting tip that might just improve the performance of those small affordable handheld ham radios called a “Handy Talky” or HT for short in ham vernacular. [RadioHamGuy] posted an interesting video on adding a counterpoise antenna wire to an HT. He claims it will noticeably improve both transmit and receive by making a quarter-wave monopole […]

Here are the lessons for the International Morse Code Course! This course is designed to help learn the Morse Code from the easiest to the hardest characters. This course covers all 26 letters of the English alphabet, numbers 0 to 9, some punctuation marks, as well as some procedural signals. This course is designed for […]

NFARL – North Fulton Amateur Radio League has put together a kit and assembling instructions for a device called Power Gate. Unfortunately the kit is now sold out, but the assembling instructions with schematics and list of materials are still available. The Power Gate allows you to run your station with full time, instantaneous power backup. […]

Kansas city public media ( has a show called “Up to Date”. On Tuesday’s (1/7/2014) show they talked with ham radio enthusiasts about ham radio popularity despite the advances of other technologies.       Guests: Brian Short, KCØBS: ham radio operator for 27 years Carolyn Wells, NØCJ, trauma nurse at Liberty Hospital Matt May, […]

Gary Pearce, KN4AQ from made the following video: A Ham’s Night Before Christmas began as just a poem, published as text, back in 1996. Later Gary (KN4AQ) did an audio version, then a video, and last year he rebuilt the video to make it high-def. It’s easily the most-watched, most popular thing he has […]

The subject of learning CW was brought up while listening to an ongoing QSO on 80m. One of the hams who can transmit and receive at 50+ wpm said he learned using a free course he found online by Chuck Adams. This course consist of a manual in PDF format, answers manual also in PDF […]

This is an overview of a 500,000 Watt radio transmitter site. It’s one of the slides shared ina guided video tour of the transmitter’s hardware. The radio station — whose call sign was WLW — called itself the Nation’s Station because of its ability to reach so much of the country. It operated at the 500 kW […]

ECAC Reports Progress on ARES, NTS Studies Last June, the ARRL Emergency Communications Advisory Committee (ECAC) was tasked with recommending improvements to ARES® and NTS so that the amateur service can better serve the public in providing emergency communications. Specific topics included: ARES and NTS objectives and organizational structures; integration of ARES and NTS; training, […]