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Phil Frost - W8II
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23 votes
2 answers
19k views

What makes a 5/8 wavelength vertical desirable?

22 votes
4 answers
3k views

I hate contests. How can I avoid them?

19 votes
5 answers
16k views

Why do folded dipoles have greater bandwidth than ordinary resonant dipoles?

17 votes
2 answers
8k views

Is free space path loss dependent on frequency?

16 votes
2 answers
5k views

How does one read a ferrite datasheet?

15 votes
4 answers
6k views

Is a vertical noisier than a dipole, and if so, why?

14 votes
4 answers
9k views

What does the addition of a shield to a small loop accomplish?

14 votes
5 answers
7k views

How does a folded dipole work?

13 votes
1 answer
2k views

How can I calculate the effects of an LNA, antenna gain, etc. on noise performance?

12 votes
5 answers
1k views

How does an antenna transform impedances along its length?

11 votes
1 answer
2k views

Why is dynamic range relevant for an SDR?

11 votes
6 answers
388 views

Practical limits to maintaining coherence in an HF channel

10 votes
3 answers
1k views

Why are germanium diodes specified in amateur radio designs?

10 votes
2 answers
4k views

Do FCC regulations limit digital data rate?

10 votes
1 answer
325 views

Why do we use decibels in radio?

9 votes
4 answers
7k views

What's the difference between "minimum SWR" and "resonance"?

9 votes
2 answers
2k views

How might one realize a first order, two dimensional RF field antenna for HF?

9 votes
2 answers
450 views

Is steel or aluminum structurally a better material for catenaries?

9 votes
6 answers
9k views

Why is antenna aperture a function of wavelength?

8 votes
1 answer
5k views

What's an appropriate core material for a loopstick antenna?

8 votes
1 answer
6k views

How can a quarter-wave transmission line transformer be implemented with lumped elements?

7 votes
1 answer
3k views

What does the Friis transmission equation represent and how is it derived?

7 votes
5 answers
1k views

Is a 5 watt UHF/VHF handheld considered QRP?

7 votes
3 answers
810 views

What is a "direct sampling superheterodyne" receiver?

7 votes
4 answers
2k views

Can a common-mode current exist on the inside of a coax shield?

6 votes
3 answers
9k views

What is dB(μV/m), and what are its applications?

6 votes
1 answer
516 views

Why is the neper a useful unit for transmission line calculations?

6 votes
1 answer
216 views

Has an amateur radio communication ever taken a path outside the Earth-Moon system?

6 votes
6 answers
741 views

Does an SWR higher than 1:1 necessarily cause additional heat in the transmitter?

6 votes
2 answers
6k views

Is copper-clad steel a good material for wire antennas?