State Of The Hobby 2019 Survey Results!

The 2019 State Of The Hobby Survey Results Are In!!! There was a pretty good response this year, topping the total of last year by about 30%. The two graphs below show the response rate and times and the total number of people that responded to the survey. Just like last year, there was a lack of people that took the survey last year that took it this year. This kind of baffles me that there wasn’t more people that have taken the survey in the past that took it…

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Getting loaded (antenna-wise, anyway)

A couple of years ago, I homebrewed a “Cobra” antenna. It’s a doublet antenna, meaning that it consists of two elements connected to a center insulator, where it connects to a feedline. The unique thing about the Cobra antenna is that each element consists of three parallel conductors connected in series. My antenna uses a lightweight, three-conductor rotor cable that used to be available from Radio Shack. The feedline is 450 Ω ladder line that connects to an antenna tuner to give me multi-band operation. Connecting the conductors in this…

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Are Ham Radio Clubs Dying?

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. This month I was able to go back to my ham club meeting for the first time in about three years. The last time I went to a meeting, we had about 10!people in attendance, which wasn’t great to begin with. This month when I went, I walked into two people at the meeting and another that joined us a little bit later. It’s really sad to see our membership dying like it it. When we started the club in 1995…

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10 Study Tips To Help You Study For Your Test

1. Set A Test Date Pick a date to take your test between two and six weeks away. Don’t set your date to far away, the longer you drag it out the more likely you will be to procrastinate or not take the test at all. Put the date on your calendar in your phone, on your desk or wall calendar. Better yet, put it on all three of them. Then put reminders every week prior to your test date listing how many more weeks or days you have until…

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HamRadioLicenseExam.com Review

Hey everybody welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! In today’s review video we are going to be talking about the HamRadioLicenseExam.com This website is different from others ones that I have reviewed in the past because this one is a paid site rather than a free one. More than that though, this website is a ham radio course rather than just a list of questions and answers. The course is designed in such a way that you can study for all three License classes at the same time and take…

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Ham Radio Exam – Tech Review

Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio! Today we are going to be reviewing the Ham Radio Exam – Tech App available for both IOS and Android devices. Download the app here: iTunes Google Play My main theme this month is going to be all about helping you get your Amateur Radio License. Every Friday I will have a different app to review that will help you obtain that goal. This week we are reviewing the app called Ham Radio Exam – Tech. It is available for both…

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ARES Program Updated

It’s about time! I have been a ham now for over 20 years, and in that I have been a member of our local ARES group as well. During that time the requirements for being a member has changed on the program level but has changed on our local level. With the introduction of the NIMS system over 15 years ago, our local group implemented the requirements of the IC-100 and IC-800 course to be able to participate in the group. This was mainly done in response to the agencies…

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ARRL Stepping Up Their Game

Hey everybody and welcome back to Everything Ham Radio. So it would appear that the ARRL is trying to step up their game. Over the past year or so, the ARRL has had some issues, to put it mildly. I know a lot of people lost faith in them entirely and really questioned some of the things that they did. There has been two news articles that have been released the past couple days that talks about the direction that the new ARRL CEO is planning on taking the League.…

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Which Way Does Current Really Flow?

I was recently taken to task by one of my blog readers regarding my description of current flow in my No Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide. He wrote: “You casually say that current flows from Positive to Negative (with cool accompanying directional arrows), without any accompanying qualifying statement. Over the years I have looked at ALL the views on the subject. Positive to Negative is NOT what I was taught 48 years ago, and I have never seen a good reason to change my view.” In a subsequent email,…

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2018-2022 Technician Class Question Pool Released

Has it already been four years? You might be asking what I am talking about, I am talking about the question pool for the Technician Class License. Every four years, the National Conference or Volunteer Examiner Coordinators(NCVEC) release changes to the question pools. This year is the Technician, next year will be the General and Extra will be the next year, then a break for a year and back to the Technician class. This allows for the questions to stay up to date with current things that are going on…

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