This page contains articles to help you get the most out of your equipment. There are hints for both the beginner and the seasoned amateur--from setting up your station to figuring out your frequency.
Articles on Setting Up a Station
- Building a Docking Station for Your Handheld
Frank Ingle, KG4CQK, describes how to transform an ammo can carrying case into a handy operating position in the May 2009 QST, pp. 45-48.
- Back to Basics
QST August 1995, pp. 67-68
Advice on topics from shopping for your first radio to putting up your first antenna.
- Setting Up Your Station
QST July 1984, pp.16-19
Some hints and How To for putting together an operating table, getting coax through walls and windows, switching antennas and more.
Feedback: The diameter of the coils used in the "brute-force" line filter is omitted. They may be anywhere from 1 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter.
- Feeding Your Station
QST December 1983, pp. 20-23
Fat coaxial line, skinny cable, open-wire feeders or 300-ohm ribbon line - the correct choice can save the beginner a few dollars while helping to ensure maximum performance.
Feedback: QST April 1984, p. 51. There is an error in Table 1. The capacitance of RG-11A/U is 20.5 pF/ft, not 0.5 pF/ft as shown.
Feedback: The first formula in note 1 should read m = ft x 0.3048
- Coaxial Cables: Their Construction And Use
QST November 1984, pp. 19-21
Here is some background information to help us understand coaxial cable and use it more effectively.
Articles on Using Equipment
- What Your Frequency Display Really Tells You--Part 1
QST August 1991, pp.28-32
How close to the band edge can you operate?
Feedback: QST June 1992, p. 64 (included in article)
- What Your Frequency Display Really Tells You--Part 2
QST September 1991, pp. 26-31
- Keeping Your HF Signal Where it Belongs
QST August 2008, pp. 68
- Sixty Meter Operation with Modified Radios
- What Can You Do with a Dip Meter?
QST May 2002, pp.65-68
The dipper is one piece of test equipment that can replace a whole shelf of expensive gear.
- Learning to Use Field-Strength Meters
QST March 1985, pp.26-30
A field-strength meter is essentially a small receiver with an indicating device, such as a sensitive dc meter. This simple instrument is very useful during antenna experiments and adjustments.
Feedback: M1 of Fig. 3 should be a 0-1 mA meter.
- Improving and Using R-X Noise Bridges
QST August 1989, pp. 27-32, 52
A noise bridge can be used to measure antenna impedances, coaxial cable losses and characteristic impedances, etc. This article shows how to improve your measurement accuracy.
Feedback: QST January 1990, p. 27
- Greg Ordy W8WWV describes how to attach PL-259 plugs with a torch.
- If you don't mind the cost of a good crimping tool and specialized connectors, crimp connectors are a reliable way of attaching coax connectors without a heat source. RF industries has connectors for many types of coax--here are the installation instructions for attaching UHF connectors to LMR-400/9913 style cable.
- Phil Salas AD5X describes how to attach PL-259s to RG-6 with aluminum shields.