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Questions tagged [hf]

High Frequency is the frequency range 3-30 MHz. This tag may also be used for questions about the 160 meter band (1.8 MHz), which while not HF is often referred to as such due to its similar propagation.

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Why are the lower HF frequencies not working during winter day time?

Currently my location is Nepal. We use the ICOM f-7000 radios without the antenna tuner. We use the frequencies round about 5-9 MHz, for communication over distances between 150 and 400 km. During ...
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Do short waves pass through or reflect off concrete buildings?

I live in Moscow, Russia and use DIY indoor magnetic loop antennas to listen amateur radio. Recently I received quite strong signals from Italy (20m, IV3UTV) and Slovenia (40m, S51CK), both operators ...
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What is the minimum equipment necessary to get on the air with FT8?

To the extent that FT8 is a way to bring people into the hobby or re-ignite passion among those who haven't been on the air in a while, what's the easiest way to get someone on the air with this new ...
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BFO locked synchronous AM detection

I am fixing up an old classic Yaesu FRG7 general coverage AM/SSB/CW HF receiver. The BFO section is a rudimentry 455 kHz IFT configured as a carrier reinsertion oscillator that that is made to run USB ...
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What has happened to HF?

Has the HF spectrum become noisier over the decades due to man-made interference? Is this a reason why HF band activity appears to be declining?
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Understanding of NFC Reader Antenna matching

I have been designing a 20 x 20 cm square NFC reader antenna which looks like this: In order to make it work and detect NFC tags at certain distance, it needs to be matched. To do that I was trying ...
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NFC coil matching - Q factor improvement

I have been trying to match my NFC reader coil of size 20*20 cm with a three element circuit - one capacitor in series, another in parallel and one resistor in parallel. I have been using Texas ...
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How should I select an HF antenna for portable work?

I'd like to get started doing portable HF work and I'd like some information on antenna possibilities. My broad (and somewhat flexible) criteria are: By "portable" I mean it can be carried in a ...
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Why don't monolithic HF transceiver ICs exist?

HAM operators who build their own HF rigs typically do so using discrete components. However, for VHF and UHF rigs, an operator can make use of monolithic transceiver ICs on the market For example,...
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How important is the impedance and resonance of a receive antenna?

I'm very new to shortwave radio, as evidenced here: Can an antenna be too powerful for certain receivers? I want to build a longwire receive-only antenna for the HF frequencies. I've been using ...
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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.
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Not-too-distant saltwater ground

Problem I'm planning on mounting a vertical HF multiband antenna on the edge of my roof. Due to the presence of a paved walkway and some other similar property constraints, I have no room for ...
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What are these continuous sine wave tones I keep hearing?

I'm messing around on WebSDR and by just scanning through I sometimes come across these continuous tones in USB. One in particular was 28.800 MHz USB. I've picked them up on nearly every WebSDR unit ...
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Suggestions for mounting a mini-whip as high as possible

I've ordered two mini whip antennas from Ebay (Russia) for HF and MW. As power lines cross my city property in a L shape - the only way to get away from them is to go up. So I'm hoping that going 5-...
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How is it possible for an HF signal to go around the world when part of it must be in sunlight?

I believe most of us know about the ionosphere, and skywave propagation, but I'm kind of tripping up on the D-layer. If the ionospheric D-layer absorbs HF signals (40 meters, for example) during the ...
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Apartment antenna and rtl-sdr with upconverter

I'm just starter. I bought MFJ-1622 40-2M APARTMENT ANTENNA (I don't have access to the roof) I only have RTL-SDR with Upconverter (I'm on budget). I living on 10th floor and I will use it from my ...
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Alinco DX70 TH at 10W

Is it possible to make the Alinco DX70 TH operate at 10W PEP? The radio seems to be 100W and I read somewhere that you could switch it to 50W, but since my licence currently limits me to 10W, I'd like ...
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Is 20m noisy, or do I have a lot of local interference?

I'm making my first ventures into HF with a Yaesu FT-450D and a homebrew 20 Meter inverted-V antenna a local ham helped me set up. I've noticed that the 20 Meterm band seems to have lots of ...
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How to transmit images and video through a hurricane?

Background You're in the path of a hurricane, and the eye just passed over your head. There is no electricity (apart from your own generator or battery), there is no mobile network and there is ...
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How much leeway does an antenna tuner give me?

As far as I can tell, currently a 20m dipole has to be within a few inches to have a reasonable SWR without a tuner. How does this change with one? Does it depend on what tuner I have?
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What happens if an HF dipole is made longer?

Does a longer dipole (than half wavelength), for example twice as long, tuned to 50 Ω using an antenna tuner perform better than a half wavelength dipole for the same frequency?
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HF antenna design for high-altitude balloon

I'd like to put a WSPR or JT65-like transmitter on a high-altitude balloon, but lacking much experience with HF antennas, I don't quite know where to start. I'm thinking it will operate on 20 meters, ...
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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 ...
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Signal on various frequencies, about 2.5k bandwidth, sounds like a broken motor turning: What is it?

There are a number of frequencies, where a certain type of signal can be heard. The characteristics is, that every occurrence takes about 2.5k bandwidth, and it is transmitted in a continuous way. ...
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Is using a DDS chip directly a viable way to transmit 2FSK and PSK on HF?

I'm thinking of building an HF transmitter for data (AX.25 or PSK31). Rather than using an IF stage, I'm thinking of generating the RF frequencies (or phases) directly with a Direct Digital Synthesis ...
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Stealth HF station setup advice

I need some advice on setting up my first HF station in a somewhat restricted townhouse community. If I had a detached house with a backyard I’d probably already have everything setup. But with this ...
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(HF) How to maximize probability of successful transmit given constrained packet duration? [closed]

I need a HF link that will be (mostly hah) operational 24/365. Edit: at least at local daytime. The link is supposed to transmit a controlling signal (just one bit) in one direction for quite a ...
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Very odd and wide 30m signal. What is it?

A local ham friend copied this strange, wide signal on 30 meters on his Flex 5000. Anybody know what it might be?
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How do I go about identifying an unknown digital signal?

I'm playing around with an SDRPlay. I'm using the CubicSDR app, and I'm tuning around the HF bands. I get to 5.650 MHz and I see this: This looks like a bunch of discrete RTTY signals. How would I ...
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Is a ground plane necessary for transmitting and receiving with a vertical (monopole) antenna?

I've read the post here: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/77256/why-do-some-radio-antennas-require-a-path-to-ground-and-some-do-not which says The antenna system requires a "ground ...
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Why are Wullenweber CDAAs obsolete?

Wullenweber circularly-disposed antenna arrays (CDAAs) are large HF direction-finding antennas, sometimes colloquially referred to as "elephant cages", that were popular in the Cold War. They allowed ...
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what are the alternatives to LM387 and SA602AN?

I am building a 20 Mhz RF receiver out of the NASA radio JOVE instruction manual and they have recommended the use of LM387 as an audio amplifier. SA602AN as mixer IC:
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Highest Q loading Coils

The loading coils for electrically short MF and HF antennas that I have seen over the decades are all air cored. Ferrites have got better but air has not .Clearly a ferrite cored coil would be smaller ...
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How to do APRS in real wilderness?

I'm a relatively new ham (licensed a couple of years ago, occasional activity on 70cm and 2m, mostly repeaters). I'm looking to extend my ham experience and am interested in digital and packet modes. ...
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Is it normal for mini shortwave radios to not have any reception in a major city?

I'm new to radios. Just bought the mini Eton which has FM/AM/SW and while FM & AM work I have never received a single station on SW1 (5.9 - 10 MHz) or SW2 (11.65 - 18 MHz). Is that normal? Will ...
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What's the difference between “maximum usable” and “critical” frequencies?

In discussing HF ionospheric propagation, you hear about both "critical" and "maximum usable" frequencies. For example: Above the critical frequency, the ionosphere is unable to refract the signal ...
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Where year 2018 falls in the sun spot cycle for HF propagation?

Are we now at the good or bad portion of the 11 years cycle? What effect are we seeing now? How large (strong/deep) is the effect during the peak and bottom of cycle? What will change in coming years?
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RF fading channel model?

What statistical or other descriptions exist regarding modeling of an HF-band RF fading channel? This is allow making (as in code my own software) lots of simulated test input signals for an SDR ...
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AN762 Amplifier Transistors

According to the MRF421 or MRF454 transistor datasheets, used in the AN762 HF amplifiers say that the transistors are "100% tested for load mismatch at all phase angles with 30:1 VSWR". Further, in ...
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What is propagation like when there are no sunspots?

Am considering getting my license again after raising kids, and wondering if there is any point in HF operation besides local chats — that is, what is propagation like when there are no sunspots?
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Are there many analog (AM) shortwave broadcast stations left?

I'm considering hanging a long wire this spring and trying to get my 13 y.o. son interested in radio as a Scouting activity. Has everything gone to DRM these days, or is it worth dusting off my HQ-...
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Antenna gain vs. radiation efficiency in 4nec2

I'm trying to evaluate HF antennas for low angle performance to pick from a list of designs that will fit in my limited space. I'm using 4nec2 to simulate them and compare the patterns. When your ...
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What is the origin, history behind “Ben's Best Bent Wire”?

Bens Best Bent Wire My uncle, who was a Merchant Marine in WWII used to tell me this. He was a ham, and said it would develop my fist musically. I was a small child at the time, and through his ...
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Running ladder line through window from inside shack to outside dipole antenna - what to watch out for?

For HF operating, I am considering running a ladder line from the ATU just inside a window, through the window (squeezing it between the window and the window frame; not actually through the glass), ...
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Why do I only hear broadcasts from 150 kHz to 29.999 MHz?

I am currently studying for my amateur radio license. Until I'm licensed, I'm trying to use a Sony ICF-SW7600GR receiver to listen in on amateur radio "phone" transmissions. No matter what I do, ...
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What are some shortwave radio stations I ought to reliably receive in New Hampshire?

I recently bought a Techsun PL-660 radio and it picks up virtually nothing on SW. I fear I may have a dud.
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Is there good antenna for 160m Band?

I live in Japan. Japanese houses are very narrow, but I want to try 160 m band. Is there good antenna for 160 m band? I want to operate HF (160m~10m) bands. Now I use vertical antenna (40, 30,20,15,...
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Does a low amount of atmospheric noise reliably indicate a lack of propagation?

We know that the primary source of interference at HF is atmospheric noise. Thus, all else being equal, the strength of heard noise is a fair indicator of RX system performance (such as in adjusting ...
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How to stop interference on shortwave radio when connecting to a computer

I have a Tecsun PL-600 and when I can receive clear signals, and they come through just fine on headphones, and through the speaker. If I'm trying to receive RTTY or fax, when I connect the radio to ...
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Dipole versus ungrounded end fed for HF RX

I've built a 2 meter ground plane antenna that works pretty well for RX and has a decent SWR on 2 meters with my Alinco. However, I'm experimenting with SDR quite a bit and would really like to build ...