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Uniden BC75XLT Review

A handheld police scanner can come in handy if you want to remain informed of emergencies that are going on in your general area, or even if you’re just curious. However, you’ll want to be sure that you have the best one possible, instead of possibly wasting your money on …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P1PADK

Still using the old fashion, brass pounding, mechanical paddle? WHY?……. You could be sending code with the 100% reliable TOUCH PADDLE. Model P1PADK is a complete kit of parts and is a touch paddle only. It does not include the electronic keyer chip and associated circuitry. It is physically identical …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P5

DUAL TOUCH PADDLE CIRCUIT CARD  plus ELECTRONIC KEYER, with MEMORY   And   Gold Plated Paddles Mounted on PC Card Completely assembled. No Moving Parts or Contacts to Wear Out No Falsing Superior Response  PC CARD IS ONLY 2″ W x 1.25″ D x .6″ H HIGHLY RESPONSIVE WITH THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH    * SELF …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P1BS

AMBIC TOUCH PADDLE plus ELECTRONIC KEYER, with MEMORY Includes a Battery Saver Circuit and Battery Monitor. (Automatic shutdown) Press the “on” button and forget about turning it off. It shuts down by itself after 10 minutes if no paddles are touched. It also tells you when the battery or power source drops below …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P1K

TOUCH PADDLE AND ELECTRONIC KEYER …. IN ONE COMPLETE KIT and ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS AVAILABLE WIRED (P1W) AND IN KIT FORM (P1K) All of our products use the highest quality PC boards, with silk screening and solder resist.   All kits are thru hole design except model P3SMD. Ultra Lite Touch – No pressure required    No …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P3NS

No Soldering Required DUAL TOUCH PADDLE CIRCUIT CARD   Thousand already sold!     Just add your own creative conductive metal paddle.      No Moving Parts or Contacts to Wear Out            No Adjusting Required           No Falsing Superior Response  ONLY 1.15″ W x .815″ D x .4″ H This small circuit card replaces standard mechanical dual paddles. Use anything …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P4

DUAL TOUCH PADDLE CIRCUIT CARD plus ELECTRONIC KEYER, with MEMORY  ON A 2.1″ X 1.2″ PC CARD Ultra Lite Touch – No pressure required      No Clicking Sounds – because there is Zero Paddle Movement and NO Contacts Less than 2mA of standby current Use any conductive metal object as you paddles.  Be creative!!!  Want a key that accurately …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P6

MiniTouch Paddles DUAL TOUCH PADDLES (no electronic keyer) Housed in a 3.5″ x 2″ x 1.5″ case.   Weight – Only 4.5 oz with 9V battery Solid Metal Mirror Finished Gold-Plated Paddles. Will not rust, oxidize, or corrode. No Moving Parts or Contacts to Wear Out         No Adjusting Required          No Falsing       Superior Response ONLY 2″ W x 3.5″ D x 1.5″ …

CW Touch Paddles – Model TT1

“TOUCH TAPPER”  HORIZONTAL PADDLE SET The next generation of Morse code touch paddles has arrived.   And it’s fun to use!!!   Remember when you were first learning your Morse code and you use tap the code on a desk top with your index finger and thumb? Now you can send code …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P1

DUAL TOUCH PADDLE CIRCUIT CARD  plus ELECTRONIC KEYER, with MEMORY  Runs Off 9V Internal Battery or 6-12VDC Wall-Wart Ultra Lite Touch – No pressure required No Clicking Sounds – because there is Zero Paddle Movement and NO Mechanical Contacts Less than 3 mA of standby current. That means a 9v battery will last over 300 hours …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P1PAD

DUAL TOUCH PADDLE   No electronic keyer, paddles only. Still using the old fashion, brass pounding, noise making mechanical paddle? WHY?……. You could be sending code with the 100% reliable TOUCH PADDLE. a Quiet, Smooth Touch. Read our product reviews on Eham and find out what so many other hams have realized. …

CW Touch Paddles – Model P3W

DUAL TOUCH PADDLE CIRCUIT CARD   Thousand already sold!   Just add your own creative conductive metal paddle.   No Moving Parts or Contacts to Wear Out  No Adjusting Required No Falsing Superior Response ONLY 1.15″ W x .815″ D x .4″ H This small circuit card replaces standard mechanical dual paddles. …

What Are QSL Cards?

A QSL card as it applies to HAM radio operations, is a written confirmation of a one-way signal being received over AM, FM, television, or shortwave radio. So what does this denote? Why would you want one? Read on and all will be explained! A Bit of Background If you …

What are DXpeditions

The term DXpedition refers to what is considered to be an ‘exotic locale’ by an amateur radio operator, or HAM radio operator. Another way to think about this, is as a holiday or trip where the end destination in mind is not necessarily visited for its local culture or its …

UHF versus VHF Radio Spectrums

Many people who have never picked up a police scanner are completely unaware of all the messages that are flying past them at any given time. They are completely oblivious to the fact that, even as they busy themselves with other things, signals being sent to outer space, or discussing …

What is Homebrew?

The term homebrew can mean a lot of different things to different people. For instance, in the world of beer, homebrew can literally mean a home brew. That is a beer that has been brewed from home by an amateur. In the indie gaming scene, homebrew is just another slang …

What is Maritime Mobile

If you are just now exploring the amazing world of amateur radio and marveling at all the different types of signal that you can intercept, then you might find yourself hungry for yet more exciting opportunities. One such fascinating option is maritime mobile. Maritime Mobile – An Introduction Maritime mobile …

What is Packet Radio?

Packet radio is an early amateur radio technology that dates back to the early 1980s – a time when a lot of technology was really just finding its feet. Just as many people enjoy listening out for messages via digital police scanners or communicating via two-way radio to create their …

What is Antenna Theory?

In today’s digital world, we are completely surrounded by amazing technologies that help to make our lives easier. The strange thing is that many of us have very little idea of how a lot of this technology works – we just kind of accept it! For instance: do you really …

What is Portable Radio Operations

Decades ago, we discovered that by manipulating ripples through the ionosphere – the electromagnetic field that blankets the entire planet – we were able to send messages back and forth across the planet. Since then, hobbyists (HAM radio), professionals, researchers, and more have found endless fascinating and exciting ways to …

What is QRP Operation

In amateur radio (HAM radio), it can seem as though there is an almost endless number of different terms and jargon, each referring to the many different ways that the hobby can be enjoyed. So what is QRP? Essentially, this is a short hand for reducing powder. The Q is …

What is Skywarn?

Skywarn – sometimes written in all-caps – is a program run by the US National Weather Service with the intention of collecting reports of localized severe weather, which can then be used to help improve forecasting and the issuing of weather watches and warnings. Skywarn is run by a network …

What is Talkback on Scan

Talk-back channels are an exciting and unique discovery when you’re looking at frequencies with a police scanner. Read on to find out more about what these are and why they’re so interesting! When listening to a police scanner, it is always highly exciting wondering what conversation you’re going to stumble …

What to Expect at Hamfest

Hamfest might sound like an event for meat lovers, but for amateur radio operators, it is of course something far different. Hamfest of course refers to HAM radio. This is amateur radio operation, which can be used in order to broadcast messages to others, or to listen out for signals …

How Push-To-Talk Radios Work

A push-to-talk radio is any two way radio that requires the user to push down on a button in order to transmit on their frequency. Push-to-talk is a useful feature as it can prevent radio jams and facilitate smoother communication when using a walkie talkie. This becomes important in emergency …

History of the HAM Radio

HAM radio is a form of radio that has a rather interesting history, not to mention a fascinating modern cultural position. In one way or another, HAM radio has been around since the discovery of radio waves by Heinrich Rudolph Hertz in 1888. This is a place where people can …

Analog Versus Digital Radios

The word ‘digital’ has somehow become nearly synonymous with modernity, technology, and better performance. These days, we expect everything to be ‘digital’ from our radios, to our alarm clocks. Analog is messy and low-quality. Digital is crisp and new. Right? Wrong! In fact, all digital actually means, is binary. Digital …

Conventional vs Trunked Radios

Two way radio systems – colloquially referred to as ‘walkie-talkies’ – are useful tools for communicating with another person located within a modest radius (although long range walkie-talkies can work across fairly significant distances). These tools enable us to stay in touch regardless of available cell signal, and in a …