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Magnetic storms for beginners

I’ve always been a fan of the television series called “Nova” on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) and I found a great video clip discussing magnetic storms and its effect on our planet. It is with unequivocal certainty that any significant … Continue reading

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RCAF’s Antenna fundamentals

In 1959, the RCAF – Royal Canadian Air Force – made a serie of interesting training video clips on Antenna Fundamentals, with the help from the Canadian National Film Board. I love these old training documents, they hold a gold mine of … Continue reading

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Radio transceiver effects on car electronics

When I first began experimenting with VHF/UHF radios, I quickly discovered the unwanted effects of radio signals on electronics in my environment. A simple 10 watts transmission in the 2m or 0.70 cm bands would activate motion detection lights in … Continue reading

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Static electricity and Amateur Radio antennas

Nothing can induce more stress into an Amateur Radio operator than an approaching lightning spewing storm. Most of us experienced a sense of urgency to disconnect our cable feeds upon hearing the growling of a lightning storm approaching. However, electrical … Continue reading

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Understanding Antenna Gain in a Few Minutes

I often enjoy reading on a topic and then try to summarize it in a short article on this website. But today isn’t the case. Sometimes a simple instruction video does a much better job than all the words I … Continue reading

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How to build a foxhole radio receiver

According to Wikipedia, and I quote; “A foxhole radio is a radio built by G.I.s during World War II. The foxhole radio differed from the crystal radio. A razor blade and pencil were used as a diode in a foxhole … Continue reading

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Deliberate interference and radio wars

Moments after people began using radio waves as a mode of communication, jamming or deliberate interference was invented. In the early days of radio communications, patent owners and radio technology manufacturers were in a constant battle to have supremacy over … Continue reading

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Building an efficient HF station

Upon discovering the Amateur radio hobby, I quickly realized what we’re the critical components needs to have an efficient HF station. In this case, bigger is not always better and here’s why. Radio waves are electromagnetic energy traveling thru space. … Continue reading

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The 80-40-20-10 meter fan-dipole project

This is the Alpha-Delta DX LB Plus I want to replace. At the beginning of summer 2012, I designed and built a 3 band fan dipole. I was so happy with the results that I decided to try the same … Continue reading

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Beginner’s guide to HF radio propagation

A long long time ago, as a kid, I had the chance to experiment with community band (CB) radios. On some occasions, especially during the summer season, we would receive signals from far far away and occasionally established two way … Continue reading

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