Ham-Com 2015

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog. This post we are going to talk about Ham-Com. Ham-Com is one of the major ham radio conventions and it based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. It is always on the second weekend of June, on Friday and Saturday. When I first got my license it was on Sunday to which was good because you could get those last night, don’t want to take this stuff home with me type deals at the swap meet part of it. Unfortunately, they no longer…

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Outdoor Antennas and a Strict HOA

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. Today we are going to talk about an issue that some hams have but, thankfully, I have never had to deal with first hand. I have read several articles over the years about hams having problems putting up external antennas because of Home Owner Association rules or deed restrictions on their properties. This had lead to many interesting “fixes” that are meant to disguise your antenna as something. I saw one post that a guy wrote in QST magazine of I’m not…

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Antennas – Antenna Safety – Part 4

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog. Today we are going to wrap up on series on Antennas by talking about antenna safety. How can an antenna be harmful that this would require a post by itself? Well, there are a few things that we are going to cover today, one of which is a rule set-fourth by the FCC a few years ago and we will talk about general safety and maybe even touch on station safety as well. So lets talk about the rule that was set…

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Antennas – Directional – Part 3

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I hope that the information that you have seen so far has been helpful. With this post we will be continuing with our antenna series and be discussing Directional Antennas. So lets get to it… Directional antennas are by a lot of people. As we talked about in the first part of this series, probably the most common use for a directional antenna is your TV. Whether you have satellite or over-the-air broadcasting, you probably use a directional antenna. With over-the-air TV, if…

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Antennas – Omnidirectional – Part 2

Hello and welcome back to my blog. In this posting we will continue talking about antennas, or omnidirectional antennas to be exact. Omnidirectional antennas are probably the most common types of antennas that you will use in your ham radio experience. These antennas range from the antenna that you use in your car, to a vertical antenna that you have on your home station. Mobile Antennas First off, lets talk about mobile antennas. Mobile antennas are the ones that you use on your vehicle or even the “rubber ducky” antenna…

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Antennas

Hello and welcome back to my blog. Since we briefly touched on antennas in our last post, I thought this would be the next logical topic. In this post, we are going to do a general overview on different types of antennas. In later posts we will go into a more in depth view of them as well as the theory behind them and even plans on how to build them. This topic I think will be spread out of the next few posts so please stay tuned to further…

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