VE2DPE's Ham Radio Blog

This ham radio blog is not a "traditional" blog. What gets posted here is permanent in nature, rarely "time sensitive".

You will find here, in addition to amateur-radio-related news and events, posts about ham radio equipment such as: transceivers, receivers, antennas, software and more.

In other words, anything I find worthy of note about amateur radio.

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Now Also On Google Books

As requested by some, Amateur Radio HF Antennas series of (ePUB) eBooks is now also available on Google Books.

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Antenna Basics (HF)

HF Antenna basics are not hard to grasp when explained in simple terms as they are in these e-books.

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VE2DPE Waxing Poetic!

Owner of and author of eBooks on Amateur Radio HF Antennas, he is an avowed eclectic. Here is proof.

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Ham Radio - Amateur Radio Fascinating Secrets

Ham radio or amateur radio has fascinated generations. This Web site reveals the secrets behind its enduring popularity and usefulness.

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These tiny spacecrafts revolutionized the Space Age. Their 15 years in space are being celebrated. Cubesat XI-IV (Oscar 57) is still operational! Simply amazing!

Is The Ten Meter Band Still Open?

A newly licensed technician ham radio operator in the US emailed us recently to ask if it was worthwhile buying a ten meter transceiver.

We answered: not much. Here is why.

Solar cycle #24 is ending.

Therefore, propagation conditions via the ionosphere are at their lowest - and long distance communication openings on the 10 meter band are scarce.

That leaves "local" - short distances, a bit beyond line-of-sight - communications (SSB and data) mostly.

There is still some long-distance activity, especially in the data mode. Some data modes are especially designed to enable low-power/weak-signal communications. CW used to be the only mode still useful when conditions were poor.

Now we have much better data modes to work with: the WSJT-X.

Listen for ten meter beacons for a few weeks, before deciding if there is enough long distance propagation available to make it worthwhile buying a ten meter transceiver.

However - The problem with the ten meter beacons is that they are mostly using vertical antennas. If you have a horizontally polarized antenna - such as a dipole or or even a beam - then the beacon signals will be considerably weakened by the cross-polarization of emitting vs receiving antennas.

In other words, if you are using a horizontally polarized ten meter antenna, you may seldom hear the ten meter beacons!

In any event, you need a good antenna. Preferably horizontally polarized (dipole or beam). But, if you choose to do mostly local comms in SSB, then a quarter wave vertical antenna could serve you well, while we are waiting for sunspot cycle 25 to begin slowly improving long-distance propagation in in a couple of years.

Hope that helps,

73 de Claude VE2DPE

eBook Price Cut

Amateur Radio HF Antennas - eBook One of four-book series: price cut from $2.99 to $0.99 for a limited time only!

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This Ham Radio Blog
Is Yours Too!

For those of you who like to be able to intervene and share something of significance with the other ham radio enthusiasts who visit this Web site by the hundreds each day, there is a very unique way of doing that here!

See the instructions and entry form on this page.

A blog post and a Web page! Yes. You get double and permanent exposure to our hundreds of visitors daily! Free of charge, of course.

After your text has been approved the "nutshell" version of your text will be posted in this blog. It will consist of your title and a short description. Your complete text will be posted on its own permanent page on this Web site. Your blog post will have a live link to it.

All our readers who subscribe to our RSS feed will be instantly alerted of your post.

Make your intervention significant and it will be noticed! It will never get buried under hundreds of other posts. I guarantee it!

This Amateur Radio Blog's

This ham radio blog plays an essential role in my "triple action" communication strategy.

This Web site is especially designed to assert itself among amateur radio related Web sites. (How? See the "Powered by..." at the bottom of each page).

This blog, on the other hand, is designed to offer an extra access to the Web site's content (through RSS feeds), thus augmenting its "visibility" on the Web.

Last, but not least, this blog also enables me to publish special timely posts containing my comments on amateur radio related news and events, as they happen.

In other words, I am using every available channel of communication, on the Web, to make my information accessible to the largest audience possible.

A Proven
Infopublishing Technique

This blog is part of a unique "infopublishing" process that I use to give widespread access to my website's content.

Why use both a Web site and a ham radio blog to reach essentially the same audience?

Why not? It works!

Like so many other things in this world, amateur radio is changing.

This blog's mission is to help you stay tuned to the frequency of exciting changes that are occurring in amateur radio!

73 de VE2DPE
Claude Jollet
7, Rue de la Rive, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Québec, Canada J6E 1M9

QTH Locator: FN36gb

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