Portable operating is more popular than ever! If you’re planning to take your gear overseas, veteran portable op Stuart Thomas, KB1HQS, has tips on pre-travel prep including licensing, insurance, power considerations, and key items to pack. Get all the info in his article, “Preparing for Portable Operation Abroad.” Read QST
November/December On the Air
Ham Radio Satellites: Reliable, Accessible, and Enjoyable
Sean Kutzko, KX9X
Amateur radio satellites allow long-distance contacts regardless of what’s going on with propagation — and, you can get started in this exciting activity with a Technician-class license, a couple of dual-band handheld radios, and a small antenna. Read “Ham Radio Satellites: Reliable, Accessible, and Enjoyable,” by Sean Kutzko, KX9X, for more information on the fun and possibilities that these orbiting “birds” offer. Read On the Air
Versatile Lock-In Amplifier Design
“Versatile Lock-In Amplifier Design” by Kim Swedberg details how to adapt a lock-in amp — a standard piece of equipment in many scientific fields, but rarely used in amateur radio — for use on the 2200-meter band, specifically for QRSS CW. If very slow CW interests you, this amp project uses easily accessible, affordable parts. Read QEX
Neil Rapp, WB9VPG
December is YOTA Month! The YOTA initiative for young hams, known as “Youth on the Air” in the Americas and “Youngsters on the Air” in Europe, includes a special event that lasts all month long. Throughout December, hams age 25 and younger will be on the air from participating stations with special call signs. Read more of the details in “Next-Gen Contesters,” which Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, turned over to Kees Van Oosbree, W0AAE, for this issue. Read NCJ
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On the Air Podcast
In the latest episode of the On the Air podcast, “Operating Amateur Satellites,” avid satellite operator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, talks about what it takes to get started on the ham satellites, and more about what makes this exciting form of operating “a bit of a game.” Listen Now
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Handbook 100: Hardcover Collector’s Edition
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