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  • The Amateur Amateur: APRS, the Beginning

    Jun 10, 2010 ... I recently spent a lot of time working with digital formats, specifically packet, and messing around with TNCs (Terminal Node Controllers, see my column “The Amateur Amateur: Not Exactly Plug-And-Play”). APRS came up repeatedly in the TNC manuals, and I even found that one of my devices was ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Setting the Record Straight

    ARRL has been diligently working toward passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) for the past 3 and a half years. Our view is that this legislation is, in its current form, extremely beneficial and necessary — right now — for many thousands of radio amateurs, and for future generations of hams. The future of Amateur ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur Fills-In

    Jul 26, 2010 ... After playing a little phone-tag one morning, Rick and I finally managed to get together. Like many Amateur Radio operators, Rick was very friendly and wanted to help. He'd had a lot of experience with APRS in general, and UI-View specifically. And like every other ham, he had some good stories to tell. Learn More

  • Upgrading to an Extra License

    License Privileges: All Amateur band privileges. General licensees may upgrade to Extra Class by passing a 50-question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. In addition to some of the more obscure regulations, the test covers specialized operating practices, advanced electronics theory and radio ... Learn More


    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

  • The Amateur Amateur: Tipping the Mast, Topping the Hill

    06/03/2008. Last August I wrote a column about looking for a new antenna mast ( "The Amateur Amateur: Towering Prices"). I needed something to put on the roof that would allow my antenna to get signals over the hill to the south of my house. The column ended with me ordering a mast that I hoped would do the job. Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: It's Not Easy Being Green-less

    Mar 31, 2013 ... Many years ago, my grandfather used to build radio sets and sell them to his neighbors. Somewhat later, just after World War II, he and my father installed radios in cars for Western Auto. They saved up their earnings and eventually started Hoffman Radio-Television Sales and Service, which was the ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Cablegrim

    06/21/2011. By Gary Hoffman, KB0H Contributing Editor. The cables are out to get me, there's no doubt about it. I should have known as soon as my first DB9 serial to USB cable went sour on me. I attributed the problem to a nearby lightning strike, which did indeed scramble a number of my electronic devices. But a serial to ... Learn More

  • Grounding and Bonding for the Amateur

    This web page is for information that extends or supports the book Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur. The book brings together material from numerous Amateur Radio and industry sources to present a comprehensive picture of basic grounding and bonding practices related to ac electrical safety, lightning ... Learn More

  • The Amateur Amateur: Meet the Zombies

    10/27/2008. There are a number of organizations that find ways to perform community services and have fun at the same time. I had already encountered a Klingon Assault Group during a blood drive some years ago; I had even chaired a convention for a Doctor Who fan club myself where we raised money for children's ... Learn More