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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 …