Questions tagged [jargon]

Questions about acronyms, words, phrases, or other terminology specific to amateur radio.

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What is a link budget, and how do I make one?

Like the question title says, what is a radio link budget? For what is it useful, and how do I make one?
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Why do hams often conclude messages with “73”?

Looking at amateur radio forums and email threads, oftentimes amateur radio operators will use "73" or "73s" where one might otherwise expect to find "Sincerely" or "Regards". Why?
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What are amateur radio bands? [closed]

I'm new to radio and would like to know what amateur radio bands are. I'm also wondering about the range of these bands/how many there are.
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What does Ham mean?

Amateur radio operators are always referred to as Hams, it's basically the most common term for the hobby, at least around here. Where does the term come from? I heard that it's an acronym for ...
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What do “QRM” and “QSB” refer to?

An answer on Basic QSO format? mentions things like "QRM" and "QSB". What do those terms mean?
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What is Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)?

What does this term mean? I'm not good with radio terms at all, but I was especially curious about this one...

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