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Using RG-59 or RG-6 CATV cable with an amateur radio antenna

As ham radio operators, we’re always looking for a way to save a buck. I’ll frequently dig through a free bin of part, hoping to scavenge something for the next project. This scavenger mentality extends to coax feed-line. High quality coax cable can be expensive. That’s why we love a deal when can find it. […]

Get a better signal out of your handheld radio

We’ve all done it. Standing on our tippy toes. The dance, slowly swiveling around, alternating holding our arms up in the air and hands close to our ears. I’m talking about the weird contortions we do until we get the best signal out of our handheld radio. “3 tips to get better reception and a stronger […]

How I worked with city hall to ensure an amateur radio exemption in a municipal cell phone ban

In 2012, over 421,000 people were injured and 3,328 people killed in automobile crashes due to distracted driving. Distracted driving has become a hot button issue and many communities have developed or are in the process of creating an ordinance on the use of cell phones and electronic devices while driving. Our municipality enacted that […]