Questions tagged [hf]

The frequency range 3-30 MHz. HF radio waves often propagate by bouncing off the ionosphere, allowing communication between continents. 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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End fed long wire antenna for 40 meters length

I have a hex beam antenna that gets me onto bands from 20 meters to 6 meters very well. I wish to have an antenna that gets me onto 40 meters at night very well also. Recently I purchased an end fed ...
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Swan 350 calibration

So my swan 350 needs to sing properly and order it for to do so the VFO needs to be calibrated. I do not have a working frequency counter. How do I get this stuff fixed so I can get her singing right. ...
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Can an 80 meter band dipole work in a basement?

I don't have an HOA, but I don't: a. have the space outside for an 80 meter dipole, nor: b. does my wife want visible antennas on the outside of the house. So I've been in the mode of finding an ...
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Need help in the fabrication of an UHF power amplifier

I recently decided to conceive a 10W class 446MHz amplifier. I want to be able to amplify a 100mW signal into a 10W, for that i'm going for a two stages amplifier : SKY65162 to amplify the signal to ...
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Can I use my CB mobile antenna with a 10 meter radio also?

I have a mobile mounted CB antenna that has an SWR of 1.5 on channel 20. Is it possible to use it with a 10 meter radio? I do not have enough room on my car for an additional antenna, so if it is ...
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Antenna options for a small urban garden

I've narrowed down my antenna options to fit a small urban garden. It's tough, space is tight and a neighbour three doors down reports everything I do to the council so I'm routinely inspected for ...
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How do I choose between T37-2 vs T37-6 for this High-Pass Filter?

My RTL-SDR V3 is being overloaded by an AM broadcast so I'd like to build a high-pass filter to block the AM broadcast band. I thought I'd start simple and try making the one shown in Fig 3 of "...
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So how do HF nets work, anyways?

I'm familiar with VHF/UHF repeater-based nets and the general concept of how nets work (net controller that you check in with, net controller says who talks, people send it back to the controller ...
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Could my HF antenna cause problems to these other antennas on the roof? [duplicate]

I am planning to purchase a property soon in an apartment block on the top floor. I am very very keen to install a HF multiband Yagi antenna on the rooftop. I notice some small cell towers and a ...
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Do these look like amateur radio antennas?

I am planning to move into a new apartment, and of course would like to install a HF antenna there, on the roof if possible. Today I noticed a small Yagi antenna on the roof of the building , more ...
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What steps to take to secure for G2 geomagnetic storm?

So I see NASA has issued a geomagnetic storm watch for a possible G2-level storm on the 11th. I’m at about 53 degrees north geomagnetic latitude. Is this something I need to care about equipment-wise? ...
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What is the minimum height required for a 60 meter NVIS antenna?

Various answers include 1/8th of the wavelength all the way down to 1/10th, but would 1/15th or even 1/20th of the wavelength be sufficient for a 60 meter (5 MHz) horizontal NVIS antenna?
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Mounting a hex beam on top of a high urban building

I am moving into a new apartment in the city soon which is on the 24th and last floor of an apartment building. I will have access to the roof of the building also. I'm still trying to understand ...
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Common-mode choke (CMC) hurting my SWR. Live with it? Drop the choke?

I have been using a Par EndFedz Mk2 Trail Friendly 40/20/10 though using the matchbox from an EndFedz EF-QUAD (with Vibroplex’s blessing) so I could transmit at more than 25W. On all three bands I ...
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Mounting a vertical antenna on a fiberglass mast

I have a multiband SE-X80 HF vertical antenna which works ok from 20 meters to 10 meters with a tuner. It is attached to the railings of my apartment balcony at the moment. This is the antenna : https:...
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HF SSB etiquette when someone is working quick but not contesting and you're not sure they got you?

When someone is working quickly -- clearly trying to work a lot of stations -- but pretty clearly isn't contesting, what's the etiquette when they 73 you and end the contact but you're not sure they ...
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What's the realistic SSB reception range for 25W on 20m and 40m?

Because of my living situation I am using a Par EndFedz Mk II Trail Friendly antenna with my IC-7300, since it can do 40m and 20m and is only 41 feet long. However, it can only handle 25W. Now, for ...
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Why do operators mention the band when calling CQ on phone?

I'm a new-ish ham, licenced for about one year now. Within that year I've heard a lot of CQ calls from other hams on phone (both HF and VHF), and it seems that a large portion of hams routinely ...
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Does a NVIS antenna have to be exactly below the maximum NVIS frequency to have NVIS characteristics?

For example if the maximum NVIS frequency is 5 MHz in a given region, would a NVIS antenna have to be resonant at less than 5 MHz to have NVIS propagation characteristics or can it be slightly above ...
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RF ground confusion

I'm a bit confused by RF grounding. Let's take a HF 1/4 wave vertical antenna for example. When current flows through the centre of the coax to the antenna, my understanding is that the current then ...
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How to check second-hand ICOM IC-718?

I’m buying a used IC-718 from a local ham. I can verify its function before I decide to buy. I’ve read the manual and know the functions and capabilities. What should I check / look for, apart from ...
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Recommendations for Antennas installation with Steep slopes

I have a property that I am trying to figure out the right antenna setup for. Transmission Goals North of this property is 900 miles to communicate 80M or 40M. Also want to communicate to another ...
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Understanding low MUF in VOACAP

I've started playing with VOACAP to better plan and predict conditions on 27 MHz (CB). To my utter astonishment, VOACAP says that I won't be able to communicate on that frequency, regardless of ...
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Choosing a Relay for HF Applications

As part of my 20m transceiver build I'm looking for a relay to by-pass an RF amplifier in the front-end board. So, to be clear, that's after the 20m broad bandpass filter and before the RF mixer (it'...
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Tuning wire with SWR LED

I have a QRP rig (Mountain Topper) and a variable capacitor QRP end fed half wave antenna with an SWR LED indicator. The LED doesn't go fully out in all configurations but there is always a local ...
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Hang wire antenna on TV antenna?

I have a TV antenna on the top of my house that I don't use. It is the highest point around so I would like to hang a wire antenna (for HF) on it. Is an inactive antenna going to cause any ...
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Receiving shortwave frequencies from different countries (e.g. North Korea)

This question may be a little strange, but how can I receive radio waves from a country like North Korea (when I live in Poland)? I am interested in this topic, but I don't have that much knowledge. ...
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QRN: How to chase down a solid S9 noise floor on 40m only

I am new to this, having just set up my station. I have "very bad" QRN on 40m: S9. Here is the setup: High density suburb with flats and houses Yaesu FT450D with fan dipole at 6m-9m above ...
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Troubleshoot ICOM IC-745 intermittently shows no power on transmit

I have an old IC-745 I bought used last year. Recently it seems to be malfunctioning intermittently. It is receiving well on all bands as far as I can tell. Sometimes when transmitting, there is no RF ...
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Is testing SWR *practically* less important for 2m/70cm than HF bands?

Totally new amateur operator and I've noticed that a lot of material e.g. Your Tube videos, blogs, forums when discussing metering VSWR mainkly seem to be talking about HF bands. I also see fewer VSWR ...
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Lowest noise MMIC for HF? (160-20M)

I recently learned that these fancy modern ultra-low noise MMIC, while having <1dB noise figure around 1Ghz could be quite bad at low frequencies due to 1/f noise. What is lowest noise MMIC then ...
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Why is QRN so bad on the low HF and MF bands?

If one tunes an HF/MF radio at night, the lower the frequency (or the longer the wavelength) of the band, the more QRN (static and atmospheric noise) there is. 80m is noisier than 40m, and 160m is ...
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If receive performance doesn't depend on SWR, then how can I tune my manual HF antenna tuner by band noise?

The popular question "What is the relationship between SWR and receive performance?" asks if a receiver with a well-matched antenna (low SWR) beats a receiver with a poorly-matched antenna, ...
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How does end loops on a long wire antenna affect antenna length

I've put up a "random" length long wire antenna for HF in my yard at about 124ish feet about 15' off the ground. I got this length from an online resource. Here's my questions: How does the ...
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Need way to indicate when rotary inductor reached its limit switches on a remote homebrew motorized hf tuner

I have a homebrew motorized hf tuner which is controlled by coupling dc from the shack through two BiasTs - one topside, the other in the shack. As I reverse polarity to adjust tuner, will two LEDs, ...
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why does time of day affect propagation when talking to the other side of the earth?

i have been told time of day matters for hf propagation. for example, 80m works best at night. but if i qso with someone on the other side of the world, it's daytime. do they just need more power? can ...
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HobbyPCB IQ32 SDR Data modes cable?

has anyone DIY datamodes cable for HobbyPCB IQ32 SDR ? Im thinking of using SPKR/MIC/PTT port and expose it either towards external USB soundcard (or USB soundcard stick), or directly to laptop USB. ...
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Sunspot numbers? forecast? broadcast on CW/HF

I have vague memories from the early 1990:s of some sort of service that broadcast something related to sunspot numbers, in CW, probably shortwave. I think the world "BOULDER" was in there ...
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How do you know if you're on a 10 meter band?

I am just getting into ham radio, and I find it very interesting, but to make phone calls, you have to be on a 10 meter band. Does anyone know how to infer the band you're on is 10 meter? Thank you ...
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Does the price of ham equipment normally rise during winter?

Recently licensed technician here, and going straight into my general class, I'm keeping an eye on cheap (sub-$400) HF radios. I keep reading articles that suggest used radios that normally sell for ...
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Broadcast signal deviating with time

I've been just scanning through the HF band at night seeing what all I can pick up, and I'm trying to figure out a particular signal. I'm using a VHF discone, which isn't ideal, but it works well ...
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Would Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) multiplexing work over HF bands?

OAM (Orbital Angular Momentum) Multiplexing is a form of multiplexing capable of high data speeds on limited bandwidth using the physical properties of EM waves. An experiment in 2012 transmitted two ...
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I just can't get out on my car mounted HF

Would love some advice from you seasoned vets. I have an FT857D in my car which I tend to only use (and really want to use) when I'm stopped and setup camping. I bought a portable Windom antenna which ...
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What is the use of dual VFOs?

What is the value of more than one VFO in an HF transceiver? Many novice rigs only have a single crystal oscillator, and a vast number of famous classic transceivers, HF kits, and QRP rigs only have a ...
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Why does the HamQSL website say the 40m band is fair and the 20m band is poor during the day?

http://www.hamqsl.com/solar.html Why is 40m shown as "fair" while 20m is "poor" during the day. Shouldn't 7 MHz be getting absorbed by the D-layer more than 14 MHz?
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What would be a good modulation scheme for communicating a single bit of information with no more than 4ms of latency?

This question has been suggested in the comments to a closed question a couple of days ago. I have nothing to do with the original question, but this aspect of the problem made me quite curious, so it ...
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Are circular polarized antennas on HF subject to polarization fading?

Consider the common scenario of two amateur radio operators communicating through an ionospheric channel. Typically, each station will have a linearly polarized antenna, like a dipole or a vertical. I ...
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Transmit data over HF signal 10,000km away [closed]

I would like to transmit trinary data (-1,0,+1) on 20-30m wave to be received 10,000km away. From Europe to US. My first thought was this: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Burst-modulation-mode-f-...
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Why do horizontally-polarized RF waves reflect better off ground than vertically-polarized waves?

It's a well-known fact among hams who use HF frequencies that horizontally-polarized RF waves reflect better off of ground than vertically-polarized waves. This explains why ground conductivity is so ...
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Long range HF polarization

Is it possible to polarize HF signal (20-30m) at long range (thousands of km)? It was commented in my over questions that polarization is not feasible at long range. However in this article is ...
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