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Top new questions this week:

Importance of Ferrite Size in Coax Choke Balun

The question is quite simple: When making a coax choke balun, does the size of the ferrite matter, and if so, why? I have seen design notes that say to use a single FT240-43 toroid for powers up to ...

rf-power balun transmission-line ferrite choke-balun  
asked by M1GEO 6 votes
answered by Chris K8NVH 4 votes

Easy Digi hum with isolated ground

I am creating an Echolink simplex link using a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, a Pluggable USB sound adapter, and an "Easy Digi" sound card interface which has 2 - 600ohm isolation transformers for audio in/out as ...

grounding noise audio-interface echolink  
asked by john8791 4 votes
answered by tomnexus 3 votes

Change of Address and Callsign Zone

I'm about to permanently move to another US state, which is in another callsign zone. Will I be forced to get a new callsign in the new zone? Also, when I started, when one was traveling in another ...

united-states legal callsign  
asked by Bill Foote 4 votes
answered by hobbs - KC2G 7 votes

impedance matching with window twinlead

Question from new ham here, regarding ways of matching impedances between a feedline and an antenna. Is it possible to fashion a broadband HF impedance matcher from a length of windowed twinlead, in ...

antenna antenna-system impedance-matching feed-line twinlead  
asked by niels nielsen 3 votes
answered by Brian K1LI 3 votes

Is it legal for an unlicensed person to transmit as long as they are under the direct supervision of a licensed amateur?

Based on another question here, I think it is legal, but I would like it directly from the people who know. Thank you for your time.

united-states legal  
asked by The Blender Bender 2 votes
answered by Tyler Stone 2 votes

How does this 3 dB splitter/combiner work?

I'm having difficulties to understand how does this circuit work: Apparently T1 is a regular 50 Ohm to 22.2 Ohm autotransformer. Turns ratio 2:3 gives a 0.66**2 impedance converation. Since the ...

ferrite splitter combiner  
asked by Aleksander Alekseev - R2AUK 2 votes
answered by Brian K1LI 3 votes

Can I have the Hytera PD785G turned on in the charger?

I have a Hytera PD785G. Typically, I charge it overnight, then take it out and use it. Since this is currently my only radio station, I'd like to misuse it as a stationary device. Most of the time, ...

battery-charging hytera  
asked by Thomas Weller 1 vote
answered by Marcus Müller 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

When will propagation on HF improve?

Will the propagation on the High Frequency bands come back up soon?? I am referring to the 3 to 30 MHz range.

hf propagation  
asked by C. Domanico 3 votes
answered by Phil Frost - W8II 4 votes

Is free space path loss dependent on frequency?

Free space path loss is calculated as: $$ \left( 4 \pi df \over c \right)^2 $$ The presence of $f$ in this equation means that losses increase with increasing frequency, so there's an inherent ...

propagation math  
asked by Phil Frost - W8II 15 votes
answered by Phil Frost - W8II 20 votes

What is the cause of this unusually long period of terrible HF band conditions?

I've been a ham for over 40 years, but never has there been such a prolonged period of such poor propagation. This has been especially the case over the past six months or so, and they continue to ...

hf propagation space-weather ionosphere sunspots  
asked by Mike Waters 15 votes
answered by Brian K1LI 2 votes

Why are some 1:1 current baluns twice as complicated as others?

I would like to add a balun/choke to my dipole for the reasons outlined in Using a balun with a resonant dipole. In the spirit of continued kit and/or DIY building for my ham shack, I set out to ...

balun toroid  
asked by natevw - AF7TB 20 votes
answered by Hamsterdave 12 votes

How can you calculate the frequencies for each band?

I've just started studying for my HAM license a couple of weeks ago, so please excuse me if this is a remedial question... I have the Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide (which I'm ...

frequency band-plan  
asked by BenAlabaster 9 votes
answered by Kevin Reid AG6YO 12 votes

Effect of different metals for antenna elements

Other than rust, corrosion, and other reactions with air that would make the use of a metal unfavorable, how do different metals affect the performance? Let's give Yagi an example: Let's say I use 4 ...

antenna antenna-construction physics  
asked by Skyler 440 33 votes
answered by Phil Frost - W8II 36 votes

How do I make a RF propagation map for a repeater?

Let's say I have a repeater. Knowing all of the information about antenna height and gain in each direction, as well as power, how can I create a map similar to this map I saw of a repeater in ...

propagation repeater map repeater-coverage  
asked by Skyler 440 14 votes
answered by W8AWT 10 votes
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