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  • Beginners Guide to Ham Radio - What is Amateur Radio ?. Things you can to do with amateur radio.
  • Idiot's guide to coaxial cable - A very beginner's guide to coax cables. Characteristics, detailed comparison of typical coaxial cables, commonly used connectors, and a few words about SWR.
  • Radio & Communications - Info about many aspects of Radio & Communications. Antennas, signals, frequencies, codes, swr, scanning etc.
  • How To Get An Amateur Radio License - Provides complete information about how to get a technician-level ham radio license.
  • Programming VHF/UHF Radios - Programming a new VHF/UHF radio usually proves to be a frustrating experience for most new amateur radio operators. A new radio must first be programmed for simplex and repeater operation before it can be used to communicate with local hams.
  • How to make a Morse Code QSO - This step-by-step tutorial contains everything you need, not only to survive that first contact, but also to learn to enjoy Code and actually do it well. Even if you detested learning it in the first place
  • A Simple Telegraph Key - How To Build Code-Practice Apparatus: A Simple Telegraph Key
  • About digital modes - The digital modes provide a wonderful opportunity for those of us who would like to work on the HF bands but find CW too difficult and SSB phone prohibitive because of interference problems. The digital modes are easy to set up and get operating, require low power and a narrow band.
  • How to select an amplifier - Thierry LOMBRY, ON4SKY, develops in three long articles all you need to know about amplification, and how to seletc an HF and a solid-state amplifier, with pictures.
  • A Beginner's Guide to Making CW Contacts - Jack Wagoner WB8FSV, a very well done article on how start a CW QSO, how to answer a CQ, how call your CQ and more. A musr reading for beginners
  • Introduction to packet radio - Why Packet Radio? Could be, You are Missing Something Funm, by Greg Jones, WD5IVD
  • Radio and Electronics School - Leran about Ham Radio and electronics, get your licence and learn morse code
  • The Considerate Opertator's Frequency Guide - An ARRL guide to where on the HF bands various modes and activities are generally found.
  • Recommended frequencies for digital modes - Active digital mode frequency list compiled by Jason Buchanan - N1SU
  • PSK for Beginners - Article on PSK modes. PSK for Beginners Has RTTY's Replacement Arrived?
  • A basic CW operating manual - Compiled by Dan Stegner KC0OBU from FISTS CW Club member tips, amateur radio morse code procedures
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  • A Beginner's Guide to Making CW Contacts  updated - Jack Wagoner WB8FSV, a very well done article on how start a CW QSO, how to answer a CQ, how call your CQ and more. A musr reading for beginners
    [ Hits: 5010 | Votes: 10 | Rating: 8.50 ]
  • A beginner's guide to RTTY contests - A pdf file with review of RTTY contests software available on the net and information on how to operate a RTTY Contest, by RSGB.
    [ Hits: 1798 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • A Guide to Test Equipment - That just about sums up many peoplesí attitude towards test equipment. Multimeter, SWR/Power Meter, Dip Oscillator, RF Signal Generator, Cathode Ray Oscilloscope
    [ Hits: 1801 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0.00 ]
  • A Simple Telegraph Key - How To Build Code-Practice Apparatus: A Simple Telegraph Key
    [ Hits: 8595 | Votes: 9 | Rating: 6.56 ]
  • ABC Dx Fundamentals of the Art of DXing - Fundamentals of the Art of DXing, an interactive tutorial, contains animated graphics & audio by Don Boudreau, W5FKX
    [ Hits: 1165 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • About digital modes - The digital modes provide a wonderful opportunity for those of us who would like to work on the HF bands but find CW too difficult and SSB phone prohibitive because of interference problems. The digital modes are easy to set up and get operating, require low power and a narrow band.
    [ Hits: 6865 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 8.00 ]
  • Amateur Radio Frequencies - List compiled by N4LCD with description of main frequency usage
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  • An Introduction to Datamodes - ARAC guide to datamodes
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  • Antenna Selection Made Easy - This page will help you answer important questions about antenna selection before you talk to a supplier. After reading this paper, you should be able to better determine the most important parameters you need to know for your antenna selection criteria.
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  • Become a Amateur - What is Ham Radio? Not just speech, Listening in, Meet your local amateurs, What does it all cost? Licensing informations
    [ Hits: 808 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • Beginners guide to CW QSO - Procedure on how to conduct a CW QSO
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  • Beginners Guide to Ham Radio  updated - What is Amateur Radio ?. Things you can to do with amateur radio.
    [ Hits: 25251 | Votes: 21 | Rating: 4.95 ]
  • Best band to start on with QRP - The following are the opinions expressed by various amateurs
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  • Contest University - After a year of preparation, 150 students and 11 professors participated in 10 hours of intense Contesting instruction covering some 22 topics, with over 400 pages of text
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  • Definition of frequency bands - Definition of radio frequency bands, hf vhf uhf etc.
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  • DX Cluster Using the Internet - For those of you not familiar with the DX Cluster, a word of explanation by Martyn G3UKV
    [ Hits: 2463 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • DX Code of Conduct - Improve ethical conduct. Unpleasant, uncivil, impolite behavior of our fellow hams reduces the enjoyment of our hobby. What You Can Do to Improve DXEtiquette
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  • DX Is - Definition of DX according to w9rb
    [ Hits: 537 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • Electronic Construction Tutorial - Everything you wanted to know about building stuff but were afraid to ask." This series was originally published in "73 Amateur Radio" between November 1997 and February 1998
    [ Hits: 1675 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 5.75 ]
  • Getting started in Digital Communications - A starting point for the ever increasing number of people wanting to get into amateur radio digital modes of communication by N8ST.
    [ Hits: 191 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 1.00 ]
  • Getting started in RTTY with MMTTY - A tutorial on how to get started operating RTTY using MMTTY as the primary program to begin your RTTY
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  • Getting Started on RTTY - A complete guide to start using MMTTY to start trasmitting in RTTY. This is a basic but complete RTTY guide for those who want to quickly start RTTY communications.
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  • Getting Started with Sound Card Digital Modes - Setting your Amateur radio station up to operate the wide range of modern radio software which uses the PC sound card to generate and receive signals. Murray Greenman ZL1BPU
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  • Good Operating Practices - Amateur radio good operating practices by KG9OM
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  • Guide to Ham radio - Beginners guide to Ham Radio. Build your own radio station at home and talk to freiend all over the world. Find lot more at www.hamradio.co.in
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  • Ham Radio communications can be fun ! - Ham radio activities, from satellite operations, eme communications, dxing and contesting, qsling and direction findings, are just some of ham radio exciting activities
    [ Hits: 495 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0.00 ]
  • Ham Radio Conversation Guide - Amateur radio multi language QSO with translation in several languages. How to conduct a QSO in a foreign language including english
    [ Hits: 374 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 4.00 ]
  • Ham radio for the novice - A site exclusively meant for the novice. Find all the information necessary to become an amateur radio operator! More India specific information.
    [ Hits: 2048 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 4.50 ]
  • Ham Radio Help Group - Dedicated to those who are interested in getting started in amateur radio or upgrading to a higher class license
    [ Hits: 931 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 8.00 ]
  • Ham Radio Terms - This glossary contains general definitions of typical amateur radio terms
    [ Hits: 596 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 9.50 ]
  • How access DX Clusters via internet - The purpose of this page is to show you how you can access a DX Cluster via the Internet. There are many software applications available, some are free some are not. Excellent page from OZ2M
    [ Hits: 2018 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 6.67 ]
  • How Radio Works - Excellent slides explaining radio and radiowaves generation basics
    [ Hits: 1518 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 9.75 ]
  • How to become an amateur radio - How to become an amateur radio ? by ON4SKY Review of general conditions to get licensed, examinations, regulation, CW, foreign calls, and more
    [ Hits: 430 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0.00 ]
  • How To Get An Amateur Radio License - Provides complete information about how to get a technician-level ham radio license.
    [ Hits: 13886 | Votes: 17 | Rating: 6.88 ]
  • How to make a Morse Code QSO - This step-by-step tutorial contains everything you need, not only to survive that first contact, but also to learn to enjoy Code and actually do it well. Even if you detested learning it in the first place
    [ Hits: 10952 | Votes: 28 | Rating: 6.29 ]
  • How to select a transceiver - Thierry LOMBRY, ON4SKY, develops in several technical articles the way to select a transceiver. His website includes also some in-depth reviews
    [ Hits: 1498 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 8.00 ]
  • How to select an amplifier - Thierry LOMBRY, ON4SKY, develops in three long articles all you need to know about amplification, and how to seletc an HF and a solid-state amplifier, with pictures.
    [ Hits: 5057 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 6.40 ]
  • How to Use Amateur Radio Repeaters - This article will help the New Ham to be more at home on repeaters and understand the operation and procedures on Ham Radio Repeaters.
    [ Hits: 619 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0.00 ]
  • How to Work 6 Meter DX by W3EP - December 1998 QST World Above 50MHz copyright ARRL
    [ Hits: 925 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 6.00 ]
  • Idiot's guide to coaxial cable - A very beginner's guide to coax cables. Characteristics, detailed comparison of typical coaxial cables, commonly used connectors, and a few words about SWR.
    [ Hits: 19186 | Votes: 23 | Rating: 5.31 ]
  • Introduction to Data Communications - Roger Cooke G3LDI article on Data Communication modes
    [ Hits: 315 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 1.50 ]
  • Introduction to HF - A interesting guide to help get started with HF published at Essex Ham
    [ Hits: 240 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 9.00 ]
  • Introduction to packet radio - Why Packet Radio? Could be, You are Missing Something Funm, by Greg Jones, WD5IVD
    [ Hits: 4627 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 10.00 ]
  • Make an HF station work more effectively - How do we make an HF station work more effectively? Antennas are the key!
    [ Hits: 396 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 2.00 ]
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