Public Service: Ham Radio Support for Marathons
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by Elizabeth Klinc, KE8FMJ
1d ago
Runners may be the main attraction during big road races, but while they are racing, dozens of volunteers are working behind the scenes to make sure the event operates smoothly. One important group is the amateur radio operators who help race officials, public safety personnel, and other volunteers communicate. Quick communication is key when it comes to finding lost runners and saving lives. Cellular coverage can be spotty in rural or high-traffic areas, or where interference may be present, but marathons can rely on the expertise and strong network of local ham radio operators. Even though ..read more
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Guide to February 2023 Ham Radio Contests
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by Wayne KE8JFW
1d ago
With the arrival of February, love is once again in the air and on the air at OnAllBands! While many hams pursue their amateur radio adventures separate from a disinterested, tolerant, or, hopefully, supportive spouse, there are those couples who share a marriage license as well as amateur radio licenses. You can read about perhaps the most famous ham radio couple, Lloyd (W6KG) and Iris (W6QL) Colvin, in this excellent article about the YASME Foundation. As we did last year, OnAllBands would like to take a moment to honor those who have found wedded bliss by filling logbooks together ..read more
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It’s All in the Cards! QSL Cards from Bouvet Island
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by Wayne KE8JFW
3d ago
Editor’s Note: As the 3Y0J Bouvet Island 2023 team gets closer to being on the air, all of us at DX Engineering and OnAllBands—on behalf of amateur operators around the world—express our most sincere thanks to the entire team for making this incredibly rare opportunity possible by undertaking this complex and risk-filled operation in the spirit of the countless ham radio adventurers who have preceded them. Most importantly, all of us wish the operators and crew good health, the safest possible operation, and worry-free travels as they finish their time on Bouvet and safely return to tell ..read more
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New Product Spotlight: WiMo PicoAPRS and VHF Receiver with GPS Receiver
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by Wayne KE8JFW
3d ago
If WiMo’s PicoAPRS transceiver were a member of the Marvel Universe, we highly suspect it would be Ant-Man—small, versatile, deceptively powerful, and easily stepped on if you’re not careful. In fact, the device measures a matchbox-sized 1.3″ wide x 2.6″ high x 1″ deep—about as long of one of the world’s largest ants, the bullet variety of Central and South America, which can grow to about 1.2 inches. With transmit power of approximately 1W (switchable to about 0.5W), this amazing device can be used as an APRS tracker and receiver, GPS tracker (e.g., for Geocoaching), pager, and now even more ..read more
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It’s All in the Cards!QSL Cards from Active DXCC Entities in February
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by Wayne KE8JFW
3d ago
Editor’s Note: Every month, DX Engineering features QSL cards from our team members’ personal collections. To highlight upcoming DXpeditions, we’ll be displaying a few of our favorite cards along with details about what it took to make these contacts. We’re excited to share some of the special cards pulled from the thousands we’ve received over the years. We look forward to seeing your cards as well! QSL Cards from Around the Globe As we say goodbye to January, OnAllBands has set its sights on an array of February DXpeditions. For each activation highlighted below, we’ve included one QSL ..read more
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Ham Radio Product Review: Icom ID-52A
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by Elizabeth Klinc, KE8FMJ
1w ago
The Icom ID-52A VHF/UHF Multifunction D-STAR Handheld Transceiver didn’t replace the ID-51A, but it is a worthy successor with a lot of capabilities. It is the first handheld with a full-color waterfall display and the ability to send photos over the D-STAR network. The ID-52A is larger than its predecessor with a larger display—now in color—and louder audio. Features include: Simultaneous reception in V/V, U/U, V/U as well as DV/DV Air band reception is expanded from VHF to UHF Audio output is significantly increased from 400 mW to 750 mW Able to send, receive, and view saved photos on an in ..read more
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New Product Spotlight: DX Engineering Aluminum Radio RF Ground Plane Kits
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by Wayne KE8JFW
1w ago
A couple of years ago DX Engineering introduced hams worldwide to its Copper Radio RF Ground Plane Kits. It was a new concept designed to thwart an old nemesis—RF interference that can diminish transmitted and received signal quality. Hams who purchased the kit soon found that it offered an effective solution to this common problem by reducing stray RF pickup from indoor radio equipment and interconnecting cables. What do hams say? As one customer wrote in his five-star review, “I purchased nine of these ground planes to outfit three HF stations located in my shack. All of my equipment (trans ..read more
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Pros and Cons of HF Attic Antennas
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by Mark Haverstock, K8MSH
1w ago
In a perfect world, all hams would have plenty of room for antennas. HOAs wouldn’t exist, and there would be no need to hide antennas in the attic (provided you have one). While the performance of antennas located outside will almost always be better, locating them inside and in a roof space may be the only option—and a workable one. Advantages of Installing an Attic Antenna Though installing a radio antenna in the roof space won’t work as well as an outdoor antenna, there are some advantages: Ease of installation: It is normally easier to install a radio antenna in the attic than outside. Th ..read more
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New Product Spotlight: DX Engineering Receive Short Element Active Vertical Antennas
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by Wayne KE8JFW
1w ago
Whether you’re into long-distance AM broadcast listening, medium wave, shortwave, low-frequency amateur bands, DXing, contesting, or just day-to-day HF operations, DX Engineering’s upgraded Receive Short Element Active Vertical Antennas (RSEAV) make a smart choice for more productive and enjoyable operating. If you’ve relied on previous RSEAV models, you already know how effectively they deliver low-noise frequency reception from 40 kHz to 30 MHz. If you’re planning on adding these antennas to your station, you’ll further benefit from the included and completely new Active Matching Unit (DXE ..read more
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Ham Radio Equipment Review: Icom IC-705 Accessories
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by Elizabeth Klinc, KE8FMJ
1w ago
We talked about the Icom IC-705 HF/50/144/430 MHz All Mode Portable Transceiver in my last post, so now it’s time to discuss its accessories. The IC-705 has a whole list of accessory options to go along with it. Often these can be as exciting as a new radio itself! Made by the manufacturer, these accessories can take the ease and enjoyment of using the radio to an even higher level. The first accessory to talk about is my favorite, the LC-192 Portable Transceiver Backpack. The IC-705 fits perfectly in this well-thought-out backpack and can be operated while inside the bag. It has quite a few ..read more
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