The Successful Ham Radio Operator’s Handbook

This new book is aimed at new or returning hams, to help them understand the practical aspects of the hobby, how to use their radios, build antennas and baluns, and get on the air successfully.  In it you will find explanations of how the various parts of your ham radio – the transmitter and receiver – work, plus how these are being implemented using software defined radio technology.  Operating techniques for VHF/UHF repeaters, HF radio DXing techniques, and the new digital modes are covered. Radio propagation, antennas, transmission lines, SWR and…

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What Are Some of the Uses or Functions of APRS

Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. In my last post we touched a little bit on APRS. In this post we are going talk a little more about it and go into some other uses. APRS is a system with many uses and we were only able to talk about a few of them in Episode 6 of my podcast. APRSTT One of the uses that we didn’t talk about in my last post/podcast is the use of APRStt. APRStt is a system that allows the remainder…

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ETH006 – Automatic Packet Reporting System(APRS)

Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! In this episode we are talking about the  Automatic Packet Reporting System or APRS for short. Last week we talked about Packet. APRS is alike in some ways, but different in others. While you can not talk keyboard-to-keyboard on APRS, you can send short message. You can even send a short email using APRS, which we will talk about a little later. HISTORY Over the years since APRS came about, I have heard different stories about how it came into being.…

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ETH005 – VHF/UHF Packet

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! Over the past few episode, I have noticed something that I thought was pretty much dead. The last couple Amateur Radio Club Spotlights that I have done, I have noticed that they have an active packet radio network with their club. It really surprised me because when I got my license back in about 1995, packet radio was pretty big and there were things like Rosenet, Texnet and several other networks that had a big span to them. People…

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Has it already been a year?

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! A couple weeks ago, I was doing my normal morning routine, part of which is looking at facebook to see if there is anything that I find of interest. As, I’m sure, most of yall are aware of, Facebook recently started showing a flashback list of any post that you have posted. One of those posts was my very first blog entry. My first blog post was on June 11, 2014. I thought that I would go back and do a kind…

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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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Digital Modes…

Hello again and thanks for coming back to my blog. If this is your first time seeing my blog, please check out my previous posts. I hope you will find some good information. Our topic for today is digital modes. The one thing that all digital modes have in common is the use of a computer interfaced with a radio. While I was doing research on this topic, since I’ve only had first hand experience with VHF digital modes, I realized that there is a lot of different methods that…

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What is Amateur(Ham) Radio?

Hello everybody. So as I am starting this blog I figured I would start from the very beginning so to speak. I am starting this blog of catering more to those that have no idea what amateur radio is, or maybe they have an idea but don’t know what it’s all about. If you are already an amateur radio operator, please stick with me, I will be getting more in depth into the hobby as my posts move on. I have been an amateur radio operator no for nearly 15…

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