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Battle of Princeton by Gonzalo Alonzo is licensed under Creative Commons | Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Amateur radio special event station W2P commemorates the American Revolution: on-air 1-Jan-18 thru 5-Jan-18

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December 31, 2017

The Delaware Valley Radio Association (DVRA) is operating special event station W2P to commemorate the historic battle in the American Revolution:  The Battle of Princeton in 1777. This event is a follow-up to last week’s W2T event. Beautiful full-color QSL cards are available to amateur radio (ham radio) operators for both events.  Additionally, a certificate conferring a “commission” as… Read More ›

Battle of Trenton by Nancy Dowd is licensed under Creative Commons | Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Amateur radio special event stations W2T & W2P commemorate the American Revolution: on-air 26-Dec-17 thru 5-Jan-18

The Delaware Valley Radio Association (DVRA) is operating two special event stations W2T and W2P to commemorate two historic battles in the American Revolution:  The Battle of Trenton in 1776, and The Battle of Princeton in 1777. Beautiful full-color QSL cards are available to amateur radio (ham radio) operators for both events.  Additionally, a certificate… Read More ›

I already have the tools, wire, and push-connect spade terminals to experiment with a counterpoise wire

Counterpoise wire experimentation on HT radios with push-connect spade connectors

Several weeks back I wrote an introduction to my first amateur radio transceiver, a handheld Baofeng BF-F8HP.  While researching these radios I kept reading blog posts and reviews indicating that performance is marginal on most stock “rubber duck” aerial antennas. I decided my first amateur radio experiment should be to try my hand at adding a counterpoise wire to the… Read More ›

My amateur radio examination form received upon successfully passing written Element 2

No reason to feel intimidated taking your first amateur radio license exam

It was five minutes to noon and cold rain fell hard against a troop of girl scouts as they ran with poster-board projects from the door of the Hopewell Branch public library to their parents’ idling cars. I’ll wait five more minutes, I thought as I sat dry in my own car watching through the rear-view mirror.  The exam doesn’t… Read More ›

Three resources I use to study for the Level 1 Technician Ham Radio license

Three study resources for the Level 1 Technician Ham Radio License exam

Five days from now I will visit my local library and sit for the Level 1 Technician Ham Radio License exam.  I feel confident I will pass the exam largely from the help I received by three study resources below. Depending on your age and prior knowledge of Ham radio operation, you may believe that… Read More ›

My first amateur radio tranceiver, the BaoFeng BF-F8HP. Alternatively, a photo of the world's least impression ham shack.

My first amateur radio transceiver: BaoFeng BF-F8HP

I discussed a few days ago How a box fan sparked my interest in amateur radio.  If like me you’re just getting started with the hobby then you’ve already discovered the passionate discussions online about when to buy a radio and the qualities that make for a good first tranceiver. Not sure what I mean?  Have… Read More ›

I'm a Big Fan of Yours by Alan Levine is licensed under Creative Commons | Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

How a box fan sparked my interest in amateur radio

Two years ago I experienced an interesting phenomena. An inexpensive (dare I say, plastic) box fan randomly behaved like a low-volume, flat-sounding AM radio whenever positioned next to a window in my home. At the time I had already owned my fair share of electronic devices. I was familiar with the FCC part 15 label… Read More ›

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