Thursday, January 19, 2017

Most Popular Ham Radio Program On Google



All Those Linux Distrobutions
 I started searching around to see what is the most popular ham radio program on google and Andy's Ham Radio Linux looks like it's the winner. They apparently came out with a current  version as of December 20, 2016. Well that is a few months off, but hey it's apparently working. If you are interested you can click Andy's Ham Radio Linux.
 Their description says that it is a remastered version of Ubuntu Linux. If you check out the website you can see that there is a good amount of Ham Radio Software packed into it. It does not take a huge amount of disk space and requires at least a 1Ghz Processor as well as 1gb of memory. So all the computers built today can easily handle that. So it is definitely worth the time to check it out.
 If you are looking for various linux software programs for Ham Radio I would suggest looking at www.dxzone.com . You can click on this link Ham Radio Programs For Linux Platform to see a variety of different linux programs that may be of some use. Otherwise if you download the current Ubuntu Distribution you can run the live cd or install it on your computer. Then you can see what Ham Radio Linux programs are available or what other programs you can download. Hey it's free due to being open source.
           
     Hope this video from a couple of years ago give some ideas as to what programs are out there for Ham Radio.





Sunday, December 18, 2016

Homebrew Yourself A Moxon Antenna This Spring


Moxon Antenna At The Top
 Yes we are in the cold weather and now is the time to start planning your homebrew antennas for your ham shack. One of the easiest ham antennas to build is the moxon ham antenna. There are plenty of ways to build one and most parts are available at your local lowes or home depot or your local hardware store.
 Most of your planning should be on where you plan to mount your moxon ham antenna. Always make sure there are no power lines close by. The next thing to tackle is what band are you planning to transmit on. For example will it be on the 17 meter band or the 40 meter band etc.... Just remember the higher in frequency you go the bigger the moxon ham antenna will need to be. In other words a 10 meter moxon will be smaller than a 40 meter moxon antenna.
 It is possible to multiband with a moxon antenna. You can have multiple bands with various lengths of wires. The more bands the more wires and the heavier the antenna will be. Many hams use lightweight fiberglass fishing poles that are around 16 feet in length. These will be used for the spreaders. Now you can buy the spreaders online, but they will be a little more expensive.
 The next piece of important equipment besides the coax cable is the rotor. This is going to be turning your moxon antenna in the direction you want to transmit. If you are dealing with a large moxon antenna, then I would buy a rotor that can handle the beast. If it is just a 6 meter moxon then a small tv rotor should do the job.
 I would also use a good antenna analyzer to tune the moxon antenna properly. MFJ makes some excellent ham antenna analyzers for a pretty good price. This is one piece of ham radio equipment that will serve your ham shack quite well for any future endeavors. You can click on this link to visit my website for ham antennas and equipment or search below.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

3 Ham Radio Licenses To Get

 You can buy a Ham Radio and listen without a ham radio license. If however you want to transmit on a given band or frequency you will need the proper ham radio license. There are many websites on the internet where you can download study material or download a program to study from. I myself had some older books and also used the material off the internet to do my studying. My honest advise is to purchase the books and the cd program for your computer. If you can go to one of the ham radio classes in your area I would advise that also.
 There are 3 Ham Radio Licenses that you will need to transmit on various bands. I will list them below.
  1. The Technician 
  2. The General
  3. The Extra
 You may find that most Hams only go up to the General License as it provides the opportunity to transmit on most of the high frequency bands such as the 20 meter, 40 meter, 80 meter and 160 meter bands. There are portions that you can not transmit on only if you have the Extra Ham License. I myself have the Technician and the General Licenses. I am thinking about spending the time and going for the Extra Ham Radio License.
 Never try to transmit on any Ham Radio Band without a the proper license. If you do and get caught you could face a nasty fine from the FCC. Si it is best to get the license and enjoy the Ham Radio Hobby. You will be amazed at what a simple basic ham radio and a wire dipole antenna can do. Below are some places at Amazon where you can purchase the proper study material.
  

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