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  • Surfin': Seeking the Origin of CQ

    04/16/2009. The language of Amateur Radio includes unique words and phrases ; words and phrases hams use every day without thinking about them. A visit to AC6V's Jargon Web page will show you most of it. "CQ" is probably the most common idiom hams use. It is so common that even the civilians that populate a ham's ... Learn More

  • Surfin': QSLing Those Radio Memories

    11/25/2008. At the conclusion of a radio contact, the final courtesy is the QSL card. So, to conclude the recent run of Surfin's dealing with radio memories, it seems apropos to look at the QSL cards. I recently inherited a shoebox full of QSL cards from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. It provided a mini-education in Amateur Radio ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Visiting Your AM Radio Days

    04/01/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. Last week's return to Surfin's radio roots begat this week's return to your radio roots. Last week's “AM Radio Days” resulted in a small deluge of e-mails in the Surfin' mailbox, which I will share with you this week. Robert West, AA4ZT, wrote that his first radio was ... Learn More

  • Surfin': LOU on SDR and GPS

    Jun 19, 2008 ... The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources. Learn More

  • Surfin': Hill-Topping for the Golden Packet

    07/15/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' urges hams to climb every mountain on the East and West Coasts in the quest for the Golden Packet. July 24 is “Golden Packet Sunday.” Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, hopes to field enough Amateur Radio communications teams located on ... Learn More

  • Surfin': QRP Is For You?

    01/14/2011. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' visits a Web site where you can get your feet wet operating at 5 W -- or fewer. I never operated QRP intentionally. Forty two years in ham radio and I always cranked the transmitter to maximum output. Inspired by the New Year and old videos of ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Hamming by Pinging

    08/06/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' suggests scattering signals during the Perseids meteor shower. Meteor burst communications -- also referred to as meteor scatter communications -- is a radio propagation mode that exploits the ionized trails of meteors during atmospheric entry ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Ham Apps for Everyone

    02/19/2010. By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU ARRL Contributing Editor. This week, Surfin' finds more smartphone ham radio apps for iPhones and non-iPhones alike. Your e-mails indicated that you were thrilled with the Echolink app that I mentioned here last week, when I perused the variety of ham radio applications (" apps") ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Mastering the Keys of Amateur Radio

    06/12/2008. W. R. Smith, W4PAL, builds telegraph keys…very cool telegraph keys! You can view his beautiful work on his Telegraph Keys by W. R. Smith Web page and wonder in amazement how W4PAL built these keys, especially the miniature ones. In addition to building keys, W4PAL restores them and you can see ... Learn More

  • Surfin': Getting Heathkit Manuals and Getting Smart

    01/09/2009. Get Heathkit Manuals. For a long time, you could get old Heathkit manuals online for free at a variety of Web sites, but in October, Data Professionals purchased the intellectual property of the Heathkit legacy products. As a result, Technology Systems Laboratory removed the free manuals from their Web site. Learn More