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Is it possible to receive weather satellites with a ham radio rig? (Icom 910)

I would be interested in receiving weather satellites (NOAA and Meteor) with my Icom 910. It has very good filters and could be a better solution than a simple SDR. However, its manual specifies that ...
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Using two VHF antennas vs one because of a large obstruction

We have a VHF Omni directional antenna, 2.5 W and 119 MHZ (approximate) mounted on top of a commercial hanger. Access to the antenna is out of the question because of the lack of fall protection. ...
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How can I manually programme these FRS channels onto my Baofeng UV5R?

I've been using Repeater Book to manually programme some repeaters in my area, up to fifteen miles. I later started programming some FRS, GMR, and MURS frequencies based on the CSV file that someone ...
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Can i use an anaolgue IC switch to change a 10 m yagi's directivity by somehow combining received signals with different variable phase?

Can i use an analogue IC switch being triggered at the same frequency I am receiving on to change a 10 m yagi's directivity by somehow combining received signals with different variable phase either ...
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SO-239 (UHF) vs N connector power handling on 160m

I am curious how much CW power an N connector or SO-239 connector will handle on such a low frequency like 160m band. I know on VHF they will probably handle about 800W before getting too warm. I ...
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Which 10 m antenna will give the most rejection in one direction for received signals which are vertically polarized?

I want to null out a particular direction so that i can't receive some vertically polarized interference on 10 m coming from that direction. Which 10 m antenna will give the most rejection in one ...
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How would I calculate aperture efficiency for an antenna?

How to calculate aperture efficiency for an antenna with the following parameters: Big reflector diameter= 24 mm Gain= 9.265 dbi Frequency= 11.60 GHz
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Why aren't “ghosts” and intersymbol interference due to unmatched impedance (high SWR) a concern for HF receivers?

In amateur radio, we care about impedance matching when we need to keep the load within the equipment's specification (for best performance, or just to avoid damaging a transmitter), when we want to ...
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Text transfer From/To SDR

I bought a hackrf one and I don't think it works. Before I return it can someone show me a grc flowchart on how to send text or a text file from a hackrf to a rtlsdr? I have been told you can do it. ...
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Vertical Yagi spun at 1000 RPM: gain properties?

If I were to mount my 10 m vertical Yagi on a pole with a motor attached at the bottom with the appropriate fastening and coax mounted via electrical brushes, if the Yagi is spun at say 1000 RPM would ...
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CHIRP-programmability of the Alinco DR-635T/E

I am a beginner in ham radio and am trying to program repeater data into my Alinco DR-635T/E VHF/UHF mobile radio. The manual that came with the radio is so poorly written that I could not ...
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Batch sampling SDR

I am using RTLSDR on macOS with Cubic SDR, it works great and is very intuitive. Now I want to do a frequency envelope analysis where I need to basically 3-d plot intensity versus frequency and time. ...
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Does copper wire get sold as flat straps to reduce inductance?

The extra book (11-9) safety section mentions that a "large diameter wire, or even better, a wide flat strap, has the lowest inductance and makes the best ground connection." Does anyone actually have ...
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Will painting a 4 element 10 m yagi using conductive paint onto the side of a building work?

Will painting a 4 element yagi using conductive paint onto the side of a building work?
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Why is self-resonance important in a loop antenna?

I visited a "small loop antenna" calculator web site today and fed in my horizontal loop gepmetry, curious to see what it would say. 2" dia wire, 72' circumference, 3.935MHz. Interesting results, ...
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Is there a suitable alternative to using a metal pole to mount a vertical yagi apart from wood and fiber glass?

Does anyone know if a non-metallic pole approx. 4 m long is available that i can use to mount a vertical 10 m 4 element yagi ? that is not wood, PVC or fiber glass as these are either too heavy or not ...
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Will ferrite rings around a metal pole hide it in an RF sense from my vertical 10 m Yagi?

If i mount my vertical 10 m 4 element yagi directly on a metal pole so that the pole is between the elements and so messes up the radiation pattern and input impedance, if i put lots of type 43 ...
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When I am told that a dipole must have a determined length, does that include the space between both elements?

I am trying to build an antenna for receiving NOAA satellites and I need to build two 137,5MHz dipoles. When I enter the frequency and width of the wires in a calculator, I obtain that $λ/2=1.09\,\...
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What is meant by CC 7?

I am seeing a repeater on RepeaterBook 444.8375 +5 MHz CC 7 Portland, Providence Portland Medical Center Multnomah WA7HAA OPEN ON-AIR I'd like to programme ...
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Basic antenna matching theory?

I'm fairly new to antenna matching, other than having built a base loaded vertical. I'm also new to EZNEC and I tried to simulate an horizontal loop. I arbitrarily chose a 10x10M loop, so I added 4 ...
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Grounding for an upper floor shack

My shack is on the second floor, 4m from the ground. My main antenna is a base loaded vertical, using the metal roof (10x6m) as a ground plane. When I operate in 20 and 40 meters, it's pretty ...
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How to estimate a dipole feedpoint impedance?

An ideal dipole, at resonance, will have an impedance around 73 ohms. A folded dipole, around 280 ohms. How can I calculate the impedances when not at resonance? Let's assume I have a span of 15M in ...
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XTS 5000 or APX 7500 Passive Transmissions [closed]

Curious to know if the Motorola 7500 or the 5000 can send passive voice transmits over a trunked frequency. When I say passive I mean sending transmission that can be "stepped on" by other devices on ...
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UHF cubical quad VNA analysis interpretation (part2)

This is the follow up to: UHF cubical quad VNA analysis interpretation This is a S21 and S31 analysis of an oversized 385 Mhz 50 Ohm to 90 Ohm balun between 100 Mhz and 600 Mhz I tested phase ...
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Are there any satellite email reflectors?

I'm just getting started using amateur satellites and would like to subscribe to an email reflector, but I can't find one. Is there anything out there?
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Rotatable Dipole & RF Choke

I have a Diamond HFV-5 (rotatable dipole) in the attic fed by ~30ft of coax. The antenna system comes with a Balun at the feedpoint. Would it be worthwhile to add an inline RF Choke (Unun) in addition ...
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Can I make signal transmitter without decoder?

I'm sorry if my title seems weird but I just started to learn about signal transmitting and I don't know where to start I'm searching about simple ways to make diy radio but I can't really ...
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Lead in wire size [closed]

I have a copper wire antenna about 100 feet long that I have relocated and now need about 75 feet of lead in wire. What type & size of wire should I use?
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What is an expected sensitivity of a crystal radio for 7 MHz band?

I'm learning to build radio receivers and transmitters. I've successfully build some oscillators, amplifiers and filters before and decided that to build a simple crystal radio would be a logical step ...
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How to match low impedance of NVIS Dipole?

I want to match a 50-ohm coax feed wire to a 40-meter NVIS half-wave dipole. NVIS antenna examples I've found are usually based on a regular dipole (72 ohms in free air). However the impedance drops ...
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Legal aspects of the HackRF one / SDR in Switzerland?

I would like to know, what I can legally do with SDR / a Hack RF One in Switzerland? What are the limitations concerning sending and receiving? Do I need any licenses for that? If so, which ones, ...
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audio problem with SDR on MacOS

I'm experimenting with SDR on MacOS High Sierra. Trying both CubeSDR and GQRX and experiencing similar issues with both. The applications seem to work, but the audio is choppy and chipmunk-like. ...
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What is really happening during RF ionospheric refraction?

We all know that the ionosphere — when charged — refracts RF energy, but why? In other words, what is actually occurring at a molecular level to cause radio waves to bend back to earth because of ...
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Is there a way to split a frequency into channels?

Is there a way where I can take a single frequency and subdivide it into channels so theoretically I can transmit multiple voice channels on the other?
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Is there and data anywhere showing if amateur radio operators are more likely to get cancer from exposure to RF?

Is there and data anywhere showing if amateur radio operators are more likely to get cancer from exposure to RF ?
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Why are no 2w FRS walkie talkies on the market?

I have read that the new laws regarding FRS radios state that you may use up to 2 watts power, yet I can't find a single 2 way radio that advertises 2 watts power; only .5 watt, or they don't state ...
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Signal Coverage Standard for GIS [migrated]

Is there any Standard data format for Signal Coverage for GIS? Something like GPX or KML (or other XML/JSON/etc-based) for routes, tracks, POI, etc. But for signal strength, base radio stations and ...
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Can I build a Yagi antenna for my Baofeng UV-5R?

I would like to build a Yagi antenna for my Baofeng UV-5R, but I'm a total newbie when it comes to amateur radios. The antenna will be for UHF and shouldn't be too long (like 1.5 meters max). So my ...
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How to use HT microphone with two jacks (Kenwood connector) as a substitue for KX-3 microphone?

The original microphone for KX-3, Elecraft MH-3, is insanely expensive. What changes would be necessary to convert a cheaper speaker/microphone for a FM handheld transceiver? Is there any ready-to-buy ...
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Counterpoise wire voltages?

One practice which seems common when operating temporary or portable QRP, SOTA, etc., is to throw a counterpoise wire out on the park lawn or shrubbery, mountaintop or hillside or parking lot ground, ...
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Using Gaming Headset on FTDX3000

It seems like a gaming headset is a cheap option for my radio, considering I have a 3.5mm to XLR adapter, along with an adapter for the Yaesu mic input (from XLR). However, what I'm not sure about is ...
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Output impedance of TAPR QRPi?

I'm a newly licensed amateur and have decided to start out by trying WSPR on a Raspberry Pi equipped with TAPR's 20m QRPi. The QRPi write-ups I've read always talk about long wire antennas but I'd ...
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Grounding of a portable setup

I am occasionally using an extremely simple shortwave portable setup consisting of a battery, the transceiver, a short coax feedline and a vertical half-wavelength vertical antenna with a transforming ...
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What is the typical latency of a SDR setup running on a desktop computer?

It's well-known that the signal processing of an SDR adds a significantly amount of latency, the SDR software on the computer adds more latency due to data buffering, FFT, decoding, demolutaion, audio ...
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2 meter Mode Options

FM seems to be the most popular in the 144 to 148 MHz Amateur Band .Narrow band is used for spectrum conservation . SSB is also used but is more common on the HF bands .Would SSB provide any ...
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Voltages in a beam antenna's passive elements?

This question has good answers for the voltages reached in portions of a dipole antenna during transmit. In a beam (Yagi or Yagi-Uda) antenna, do points along passive or parasitic elements (...
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How does one identify the transmitting station at the end of an FPV video transmission?

I recently received my technician license, with the purpose of sending FPV video (on 5.8GHz) when flying model aircraft. However, I cannot figure out how to perform station identification when ...
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What dot means in JTDX FT8 received messages?

What dot near country means in JTDX? Maybe LOTW?
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What sort of antenna would use a bicone or lozenge-like arrangement of vertical wires?

In another QA here, there's a picture of an antenna I identified as a "discone": What are these antennas used for? One commenter noticed that antenna was actually a "Discone, but no disc, just the ...
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Will using a 1:1 balun at the feedpoint of a center feed dipole result in no common mode current on the outside of the coax?

Will using a 1:1 balun at the feedpoint of a center-fed dipole when using coax result in no common mode current on the outside of the coax ?

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