UTC Time Conversion Chart

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UTC EDT/AST CDT/EST MDT/CST PDT/MST PST 0000* 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 0100 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 0200 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 0300 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 0400 0000* 2300 2200 2100 2000 0500 0100 0000* 2300 2200 2100 0600 0200 0100 0000* 2300 2200 0700 0300 0200 0100 0000* 2300 0800 […]


Net Control Training Manual

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There have been many HAMs I have spoken with lately who tell me they never received any Net Control training. I was fortunate enough many years ago to have a great ARES EC who taught a class once a year to all HAMs who were interested. To pick up the slack for some who haven’t […]


Signal Strength & Reports

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Terms The term “full quieting” in ham radio usually signifies a good quality signal on a repeater or FM transmission – it means that your signal is clear, free of static, and easily readable by others. The phrase Picket Fencing is used to describe the way an FM transmitter will cut in and out as it […]


Amateur Radio Repeater Use Procedures & Etiquette

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This is mostly for new HAMs but it’s a good review for all of us. Rule Etiquette X ID, using your call sign every 10 minutes and at the end of your transmission. X LISTEN, listen, LISTEN! It is important to get a feel for who traffic is flowing on a repeater and how the […]


International Phonetics

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The following are the phonetics which we use in amateur radio. You are likely to hear all kinds of craziness when we are in a hurry. These are the proper phonetics and you should practice them so that when you are hurried you will use the correct ones.


International Q Codes

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Ever wonder what those HAM guys are saying when they say QSY or many of those other Q things they say? Well here is a list. The Q-code is an international set of abbreviations that was created at the beginning of the last century to simplify radiotelegraph communication. Each code is composed by three letters […]


Ham Radio Terms

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Not all of these are exclusively HAM, but they are terms HAMs should know and be aware of. 73 – Ham lingo for “best regards.” Alternating current (ac) – Electrical current that flows first in one direction in a wire and then in the other. The applied voltage is also changing polarity. This direction reversal […]


How do you become a HAM

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All you ever wanted, and maybe didn’t want to know. To become a HAM or Amateur Radio Operator you must hold an amateur FCC license. This means taking a test from a local VE (Volunteer Examiner) group. I am going to list a lot of links on this page where you can go to take […]