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WWV, WWVH, and WWVL may be shut down. Are there any alternatives?

The US government is proposing to shut down the NIST standard time and frequency stations WWV, WWVH, and WWVB in Colorado and Hawaii. If that actually happens, are there any free or inexpensive ...
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Is it a good idea to build your own radio transceiver today? [closed]

With all the advances in the field of electronics, microcontrollers, etc., is it a good option today to build my own amateur radio transceiver (or transmitter/receiver)? Why might one choose to build ...
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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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Why are commercial SDRs so limited in operating frequency?

I spent a bit of time researching SDRs, mostly looking into the possibility of building an all-FPGA-based TRX. There are a lot of commercial ready solutions; some are cheap, some not, but they all ...
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What does a lightning bolt symbol next to an antenna connector mean?

On the back of my Yaesu FT-897, next to each of the antenna connectors, there are lightning-bolt-ish symbols. What do these mean, and is there something I ought to be doing because of that? I have ...
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Why do single band 10 meter radios exist?

I wonder why special radios for 10 meter band are manufactured? On the one hand - any fully-fledged HF transceiver includes 10 meter band. On the other hand there are no only "15 meter band" ...
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Why do so many HF transceivers use a UHF connector?

Just looking around at various rigs online for a fiend. Lots of them look really attractive TS-480, K2, K3, FT-450D, FT-950, IC-78, FT-897 to name just a few... These rigs are mostly HF, albeit some ...
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What is a waterfall display?

High-end transceivers apparently come equipped with a water-fall display - something to do with improved spectrum visibility. This is supposed to lead to potentially higher QSO count and rate. What ...
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How is full duplex implemented without swamping the receive circuitry?

I've seen a few references to full duplex SDR radios, and I'm wondering how can one transmit and receive at the same time without overwhelming the receiver, and without heavy filtering such as the ...
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Antenna tuning while receiving

I've built AA5TB's antenna coupler for a 5W 20m transceiver. Tuning was kind of difficult because my transceiver has buttons for sending a dot and a dash, but no tuning mode, so I couldn't have the ...
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What is the minimum signal strength I need to receive?

Let's say a transmitting station is using a 8W radio with a J pole antenna. The cable connecting the radio to the antenna is RG-58A/U and is 25ft long. At 144.075MHz, the attenuation of the cable is ...
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What does ALC do on a transceiver?

What is ALC on an HF transceiver? What are the disadvantages (if any) of operating using a rig without ALC? What might be the difference between a good and bad implementation of ALC?
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Battery capacity vs. weight for portable transceivers

What kind of battery has the most capacity for the weight? I want to take my transceiver backpacking, so I care about weight.
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Powering transceiver and SWR/power meter from same supply?

I'm mostly sure this will be ok, but I'd like to confirm. I have a switching power supply (can't remember the model right now, but it's for ham use, 13.8V/30A) and I'd like to power both the FT-857D ...
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What makes a good emergency-capable QRP rig for travel?

It's wintertime, which drives the concept of emergency preparedness here above the 45th Parallel. Am emergency-capable QRP rig is an excellent item to stuff into one's Go Bag or vacation gear, always ...
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How can I get started with a Home Brew QRP?

I want to build a simple 40 meter CW transmitter and Receiver pair. What should I do to get started into home-brew HF RF devices?
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Is there any PC remote control software for the Baofeng UV-5RE Plus?

I saw on YouTube that some software, with another brand transceiver, can command the transceiver to scan a range of frequencies and display a running waterfall display of scanned results. Can such a ...
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Share wide band antenna with multiple transceivers

I'm trying to incorporate several transceivers on my board design; I need WiFi (2.4 GHz) SatCom (~1.6 GHz) RF (~900 MHz) and GNSS (~1.5 GHz). I need to combine them into one antenna. I found a wide ...
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World wide Radio Module

currently I am involved in a project were a data link is needed to communicate different devices. This is in one to many configuration and the devices are stand alone. For this project there is need ...
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Is the 3-cm band serviced by any commercial main-stream ham radio transceiver?

Wikipedia writes to say The Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union allow amateur radio operations in the frequency range 10.000 to 10.500 GHz, and amateur satellite ...
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Can anyone identify this military radio?

Hoping someone can identify the following military radio. I spotted it at the curb and decided to make it a land-fill diversion project...
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Boefeng UV-5RE scanning capability

Since the factory manual is simple and basic, is it possible to use the Baofeng UV-5RE to do these things? Listen to FM radio, while scanning 2m and 70cm bands in the background (as in hiking) Set ...
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What is an cheap and easy to build kit for a sw ssb transceiver? [closed]

I have a licence since I was 14 which is exactly half of my life, but honestly with the advent of the internet I somehow lost interest and sold my equipment. Now I really start to think, I should ...
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Receiving commercial / public-safety on a general-coverage HAM transceiver

I have an ICOM-7100 that I've installed in my mobile as my primary (nay, only) HAM transceiver; and I'm trying to avoid wasting a ton of space in my vehicle (not to mention money) for a proper scanner,...
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What is band stacking?

What is a band stacking register and/or band stacking buttons on a transceiver? And why would this be useful to an amateur radio operator? Is using "band stacking" a current operating ...
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How long can a transceiver be unused before I have to use a variac?

I have an old TenTec Argosy II that hasn’t been powered up for 20 years. How long can electronics go unpowered before I have to worry about the electrolytic needed a slow power up with a Variac?
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Heathkit SB-102 Plate Current out of control

I bought a "technician special" Heathkit SB-102 transceiver. Everything seems to work well until I attach a dummy load and try to go through the "initial tune up" procedure in the manual. At the ...
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Adapting an antenna coupler

I've built AA5TB's antenna coupler: I left out C2 because I didn't understand why I would need it - why would I? It works fine without. Unfortunately, when I started tuning for a 5W 20m transceiver, ...
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Need batteries for backpack operation

I am building an HF backpack rig using an Icom IC-706MkIIG with a Opek HVT-400B antenna. The specifications on the radio say 20 A draw at high power, so what size and type batteries would be suitable ...
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What is the difference between RIT and XIT?

What is the difference between RIT and XIT? When would one use one and not the other for split (or other) HF operation? When would one need both? Which one is more useful for a transceiver to have ...
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Bluetooth headset for transceiver?

Is there a way to use a Bluetooth headset with my transceiver to eliminate all the wires, like a Bluetooth adapter? It seems like all the Bluetooth applications require a smartphone in the loop ...
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When was the first radio transceiver (transmitter/receiver) built, and by whom?

I'm really passionate about signals and communications ever since I was a child where we "built satellites" - little did I know that it would become part of my future. So here is my first question: ...
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Looking for origins of a crystal filter schematic used in uBITX

Here is a crystal filter used in uBITX transceiver: I've never seen such a topology in any other transceiver and decided to invest some time in exploring it. Turned out it's quite interesting. Eight ...
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Transceivers connectable with bluetooth hearing aids

I'm a rower in the Netherlands. Rowers are typically coached via transceivers or a megaphone. I am hearing impaired and I will get new hearing aids soon. These will be equipped with bluetooth. My ...
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Yaesu FT-991A: FM and C4FM modes don't work on HF bands

I bought a second-hand Yaesu FT-991A. It works pretty well and by the look of it's internals I don't believe it was ever repaired. However I noticed one weird thing. When I try to use FM or C4FM on ...
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Listening below the carrier frequency gives a weaker signal than above the carrier frequency - why?

I have a 20m CW transceiver with an option for a wide or a narrow filter. When the narrow filter is selected, a crystal ladder filter is used in the intermediate frequency filter, between two mixers. ...
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What radios compare favorably with the FT-817ND? [closed]

I've been asked to specify an amateur radio for a project which is very general purpose in nature, including HF, VHF, and UHF bands. Cost and user friendliness is a concern, so I wanted to avoid ...
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Does a UHF/VHF handheld transceiver kit exist?

I am a licensed ham looking for a UHF/VHF handheld transceiver kit. Unfortunately so far I was only able to find broken links, i.e. Ten-Tec used to produce exactly such a thing but they just don't ...
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Relations between bit rate, frequency deviation and channel filter bandwidth

I just started using a couple of low power radio modules in my project (HopeRF RFM69HCW). I made them work; they successfully transmit messages in a limited range (5-10 meters). Now I would like to ...
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Can a regen receiver be used as a CW transceiver?

I've looked for a while, but I've never found a design like what I imagine: a single-tube (valve) regen CW transceiver (no cheating with a tube/valve that has two or more triodes/tetrodes/pentodes in ...
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SSB Single Conversion Superhet 2nd Mixer IF Termination on Transmit

I have a question about "best practice" in regards to how the 2nd mixer IF port is coupled to (in my case) a 20m double tuned filter on transmit. I'm currently building out the transmit ...
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How can I establish a wireless link between my PC and TenTec 506 / chipKIT UNO32 using USB port?

I have a TenTec 506 HF transceiver that uses a Digilent chipKIT UNO32 microcontroller. My PC running Teraterm (serial connection) or the MPIDE monitor is connected to the microcontroller's mini B USB ...
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Is there a repository of modern Amateur Radio transceiver schematics? [closed]

I am looking for a repository (SVN ect) of modern Amateur transceiver schematics. Most of the designs you can find with a simple Google search either use tubes, or now obsolete and hard to find ...
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Advantages of IQ mixer versus direct sampling SDR architectures?

What might be the advantages, if any, of HF SDR architectures that use a mixer between the ADC/DAC and RF, versus those that sample or generate RF directly (at 0 Hz on up) with a fast ADC or DAC? Are ...
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Difference between Boefeng UV-5RE Plus and UV-5

I bought a Baofeng UV-5RE Plus, which presumably is an improved version of the basic UV-5. There is lots of information online on the UV-5. Any idea where I can find out what are the differences and ...
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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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SSB Transceiver Architecture - USB with Crystal Filter

I'm planning to build a 20m SSB transceiver and I want to get the overall architecture straight in my head first. Here's what I'm thinking so far, a single conversion superhet design with a 9MHz IF ...
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What is a simple kind of amateur radio transceiver I could try to build, as a beginner?

I am new to amateur radio, and I'm trying to learn the basics of the hobby. I would like to build a simple radio transceiver from scratch (i.e. not from a kit). I have searched the Internet for ...
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Receiving through a linear amplifier

I want to build a simple amplifier using those Mitsubishi modules (like the RA30H1317M or other RA parts). I know this might seem like a very obvious question, but I am unable to find the answer after ...
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Antenna reciprocity how does an antenna increase receiving range?

According to Wikipedia antennas are reciprocal unless they're constructed of nonreciprocal materials. There are a multitude of mathematical formulas which unfortunately I'm unable to understand due to ...
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