Foundations of Amateur Radio

The building blocks for Amateur Radio, one concept at a time

Foundations of Amateur Radio

Starting in the wonderful hobby of Amateur or HAM Radio can be daunting and challenging but can be very rewarding. Every week I look at a different aspect of the hobby, how you might fit in and get the very best from the 1000 hobbies that Amateur Radio represents. Note that this podcast started in 2011 as "What use is an F-call?".

Onno (VK6FLAB)

Episodes

000
Welcome
0m 44s
1.4MB
7 June 2015
001
Different soil types ...
1m 25s
2.7MB
14 June 2015
002
What radio should I purchase?
3m 13s
6.0MB
21 June 2015
003
Amateur Radio FAQ's
28 June 2015
004
Cabrillo and ADIF file formats
2m 56s
5.4MB
5 July 2015
005
7Ps of Amateur Radio - be prepared
12 July 2015
006
Tuning a dipole, bring your friends...
2m 40s
5.0MB
19 July 2015
007
Hunting for the perfect SWR.
1m 18s
2.5MB
26 July 2015
008
Delta Loop for Portable Operation
2m 33s
4.8MB
2 August 2015
009
Radio Amateur - the local lunatic
2m 21s
4.4MB
9 August 2015
010
Do your thing and find friends to play with
1m 59s
3.7MB
16 August 2015
011
Names in Amateur Radio
2m 29s
4.6MB
23 August 2015
012
1000 hobbies under one roof
1m 30s
2.8MB
30 August 2015
013
What to say in a contest...
5m 20s
9.9MB
6 September 2015
014
Phonetic Alphabets
2m 24s
4.5MB
13 September 2015
015
Every Antenna is a Compromise!
2m 38s
4.9MB
20 September 2015
016
Propagation predictions and operating your radio
2m 57s
5.5MB
27 September 2015
017
Use it or Lose it ... make a contact today!
4 October 2015
018
Antenna Calculators
3m 15s
6.1MB
11 October 2015
019
Getting started with portable operation
2m 32s
4.7MB
18 October 2015
020
Propagation and reality
25 October 2015
021
Wet string and 10 Watts
2m 42s
5.0MB
1 November 2015
022
Tools in my shack
2m 35s
4.8MB
8 November 2015
023
How to get started in a contest
2m 27s
4.6MB
15 November 2015
024
Change one thing at a time ...
2m 27s
4.6MB
22 November 2015
025
Fieldstrength and Chickens
2m 56s
5.4MB
29 November 2015
026
Radios are not quite appliances ...
2m 34s
4.8MB
6 December 2015
027
Picking better language to talk about our hobby ...
3m 21s
6.2MB
13 December 2015
028
We should stop requiring electronics to be amateurs.
20 December 2015
029
SDR diversity and Ah-Ha!
3m 42s
6.9MB
27 December 2015
030
Contesting, something for everyone ...
3m 38s
6.7MB
3 January 2016
031
Have a look or search online at the previous editions of this podcast.
2m 12s
4.1MB
10 January 2016
032
How to manage your first pile-up.
4m 47s
8.8MB
17 January 2016
033
Reviewing the introduction of the Foundation License.
24 January 2016
034
Where did all the amateurs go?
3m 51s
7.1MB
31 January 2016
035
Sizing your battery.
3m 38s
6.7MB
7 February 2016
036
The humble dipole ... contraption.
14 February 2016
037
What is the best antenna?
4m 26s
8.2MB
21 February 2016
038
Experimentation is about failure ...
3m 13s
6.0MB
28 February 2016
039
What's in a Repeater?
3m 10s
5.9MB
6 March 2016
040
Bandplans and Edges
2m 36s
4.8MB
13 March 2016
041
The CAT interface
4m 27s
8.2MB
20 March 2016
042
Lucky Lightning Escape
2m 52s
5.3MB
27 March 2016
043
Operating Procedures
3m 46s
7.0MB
3 April 2016
044
Q-codes in voice
3m 52s
7.2MB
10 April 2016
045
Coax impedence, 50 Ohm and 75 Ohm, why is it so?
4m 30s
8.3MB
17 April 2016
046
QRP - When you care to send the very least!
3m 42s
6.9MB
24 April 2016
047
What can you say on-air?
4m 33s
8.4MB
1 May 2016
048
Logging software ... what to choose?
4m 56s
9.1MB
8 May 2016
049
Lower and Upper Side Band, why is it so?
3m 24s
6.3MB
15 May 2016
050
Harmonics and calling CQ
22 May 2016
051
A surprise might be just around the corner...
3m 22s
6.2MB
29 May 2016
052
How to get started ...
3m 56s
7.3MB
5 June 2016
053
Training, Traumatic or Fun, you decide...
3m 30s
6.5MB
12 June 2016
054
The logistics of being in a contest while mobile
3m 23s
6.3MB
19 June 2016
055
How to make contacts during a contest?
4m 40s
8.6MB
26 June 2016
056
After the contest ... the debrief.
3m 34s
6.6MB
3 July 2016
057
Alternating Current and Direct Current are the same thing ...
4m 53s
9.0MB
10 July 2016
058
How old is the mode you're using?
3m 18s
6.1MB
17 July 2016
059
The band is dead and there are no contacts to be made...
3m 23s
6.3MB
24 July 2016
060
Don't ever yell into a microphone and other neat things ...
4m 44s
8.7MB
31 July 2016
061
The FM Capture Effect and other Amateur Radio magic...
3m 40s
6.8MB
7 August 2016
062
Paper Logging tips and tricks ...
14 August 2016
063
Learning from your mistakes ...
2m 35s
4.8MB
21 August 2016
064
Unpredictable radio waves ...
2m 33s
4.7MB
28 August 2016
065
What is station security?
2m 56s
5.4MB
4 September 2016
066
What is SWR?
11 September 2016
067
How to melt coax ...
18 September 2016
068
Make your own propagation map!
2m 56s
5.5MB
25 September 2016
069
The birth and legacy of IRLP.
4m 19s
8.0MB
2 October 2016
070
Propagation is everywhere!
3m 25s
6.3MB
9 October 2016
071
DX, common ground on a common term?
4m 13s
7.8MB
16 October 2016
072
What happens if you move the feed point in a dipole?
4m 16s
7.9MB
23 October 2016
073
Where do you start with this Amateur thing?
5m 16s
9.7MB
30 October 2016
074
The joy of Amateur Radio
3m 18s
6.1MB
6 November 2016
075
DTMF is something we use regularly ...
3m 35s
6.6MB
13 November 2016
076
Amateur Radio Satellites ... more than two in the sky.
3m 38s
6.7MB
20 November 2016
077
Messy shacks are the way we do things around here.
4m 34s
8.4MB
27 November 2016
078
Manufacturer drivel and antennas ...
4 December 2016
079
Coax vertical dipole and other musings ...
4m 54s
9.0MB
11 December 2016
080
Passion and Politics
18 December 2016
081
SOTA goat adventures ...
25 December 2016
082
Do we really understand our hobby?
2m 58s
5.5MB
1 January 2017
083
Tuning up strange antennas ...
3m 10s
5.9MB
8 January 2017
084
More strange antennas!
3m 54s
7.2MB
15 January 2017
085
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ...
22 January 2017
086
A nifty idea looking for a purpose in 1947 changes the world as we know it...
5m 10s
9.5MB
29 January 2017
087
What does MARS have to do with Amateur Radio?
5 February 2017
088
Sun-Spots and Amateur Radio
12 February 2017
089
This hobby is dead ... NOT!
4m 35s
8.5MB
19 February 2017
090
The spirit of our hobby ...
4m 52s
9.0MB
26 February 2017
091
If they're shooting at you - you know you're doing something right!
5 March 2017
092
Checking your On-Air signal...
4m 36s
8.5MB
12 March 2017
093
What is a resistor?
3m 23s
6.3MB
19 March 2017
094
Life's too short for QRP...
2m 40s
4.9MB
26 March 2017
095
Adding a stroke to your callsign ...
2m 47s
5.2MB
2 April 2017
096
What is SOTA?
3m 26s
6.4MB
9 April 2017
097
An Amateur Radio Code of Conduct
4m 29s
8.3MB
16 April 2017
098
Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder
2m 30s
4.6MB
23 April 2017
099
Amateur Radio Community Standards
30 April 2017
100
What to say on-air?
2m 32s
4.7MB
7 May 2017
101
Things you can learn from a new operating environment ...
3m 30s
6.5MB
14 May 2017
102
The evolution of our hobby is now ...
2m 29s
4.6MB
21 May 2017
103
What if the Radio Spectrum was a data souce?
2m 37s
4.9MB
28 May 2017
104
Getting an elusive contact ... fly-fishing style.
2m 51s
5.3MB
4 June 2017
105
Using an Alex-Loop, very satisfying ...
2m 28s
4.6MB
11 June 2017
106
Magic and Curiosity in Amateur Radio
3m 17s
6.1MB
18 June 2017
107
Mobile experiments with high power.
3m 23s
6.3MB
25 June 2017
108
What's in a name?
3m 36s
6.7MB
2 July 2017
109
Quick Fixes and Maintenance
2m 43s
5.0MB
9 July 2017
110
Our Amateur License System is Obsolete
4m 15s
7.9MB
16 July 2017
111
Contesting Protests
3m 49s
7.1MB
23 July 2017
112
Mechanical Filters
30 July 2017
113
Qualifications for using a Digital Mode
2m 19s
4.3MB
6 August 2017
114
How does RTTY work?
2m 32s
4.7MB
13 August 2017
115
How does PSK or Phase Shift Keying actually work?
3m 19s
6.2MB
20 August 2017
116
Amateur Radio is about Experimenting and Trying!
3m 20s
6.2MB
27 August 2017
117
Which antenna should I get first?
3m 13s
5.9MB
3 September 2017
118
Amateur Radio Regulation and Enforcement in Australia is Broken
2m 29s
4.6MB
10 September 2017
119
Storing your Amateur stuff ... everywhere.
2m 54s
5.4MB
17 September 2017
120
Tropospheric Ducting explained
3m 38s
6.7MB
24 September 2017
121
A transistor radio curve-ball ...
3m 43s
6.9MB
1 October 2017
122
Organisation around your shack
3m 29s
6.4MB
8 October 2017
123
Ladder Line is not Evil
15 October 2017
124
What to pack for a Contest?
3m 19s
6.2MB
22 October 2017
125
Radio signals don't travel in straight lines
2m 35s
4.8MB
29 October 2017
126
Hearing very weak signals
3m 50s
7.1MB
5 November 2017
127
What did you hear last week?
12 November 2017
128
How does a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator work?
3m 37s
6.7MB
19 November 2017
129
How can you measure what frequency your radio is on?
5m 15s
9.7MB
26 November 2017
130
Leave judgement outside the shack ...
4m 19s
8.0MB
3 December 2017
131
60 years of amateur radio
3m 29s
6.4MB
10 December 2017
1
eBook Volume 1
0m 47s
1.5MB
13 December 2017
132
How does Single Side Band work?
17 December 2017
2
eBook Volume 2
0m 47s
1.5MB
20 December 2017
133
Amateur Motto: Do No Harm
4m 17s
7.9MB
24 December 2017
3
eBook Volume 3
0m 45s
1.4MB
27 December 2017
134
No Onno, it's not slippery and other lessons ...
31 December 2017
4
eBook Volume 4
0m 49s
1.6MB
3 January 2018
135
What is amateur radio?
3m 26s
6.4MB
7 January 2018
5
eBook Volume 5
0m 47s
1.5MB
10 January 2018
136
Building a better community?
3m 18s
6.1MB
14 January 2018
6
eBook Volume 6
0m 45s
1.4MB
17 January 2018
137
Virtual Radio
3m 41s
6.8MB
21 January 2018
7
eBook Volume 1 - short
0m 29s
917KB
24 January 2018
138
Just enough radio ...
3m 19s
6.1MB
28 January 2018
139
Antenna gain and polar chart magic
5m 20s
9.8MB
4 February 2018
8
eBook Volume 2 - short
0m 29s
915KB
7 February 2018
140
How should I promote my contest?
11 February 2018
141
What do you know now that you would have liked to have known when you started in amateur radio?
3m 53s
7.2MB
18 February 2018
9
eBook Volume 3 - short
0m 26s
837KB
21 February 2018
142
What criteria do you have for your ideal shack?
25 February 2018
143
What improbable antenna solution works?
4m 17s
7.9MB
4 March 2018
10
eBook Volume 4 - short
0m 30s
973KB
7 March 2018
144
Amateur Radio Minimalism
2m 35s
4.8MB
11 March 2018
145
Coax Loss vs Connector Loss
18 March 2018
11
eBook Volume 5 - short
0m 28s
902KB
21 March 2018
146
Coax Loss vs Connector Loss - now with more coax
25 March 2018
147
You and the IARU
3m 52s
7.1MB
1 April 2018
12
eBook Volume 6 - short
0m 26s
842KB
4 April 2018
148
Experience comes from doing ...
3m 29s
6.4MB
8 April 2018
149
Shakespeare and Coax Stub Filters
4m 44s
8.8MB
15 April 2018
150
Learning on 2m FM
3m 52s
7.2MB
22 April 2018
151
SWR assumptions
3m 36s
6.7MB
29 April 2018
152
Preparation for an outing ...
2m 49s
5.2MB
6 May 2018
153
Why do you contest?
3m 26s
6.4MB
13 May 2018
154
How does a waterfall display work?
3m 20s
6.2MB
20 May 2018
155
How to find other Amateurs on Air
4m 33s
8.4MB
27 May 2018
156
The Internet of Digital Radio
3 June 2018
157
Logging of a Different Kind
3m 47s
7.0MB
10 June 2018
158
Get a Contesting Buddy
3m 59s
7.4MB
17 June 2018
159
The Power for your Radio
4m 49s
8.9MB
24 June 2018
160
How to get the best Amateur Radio gear?
3m 55s
7.2MB
1 July 2018
161
Which repeaters should I put into my hand held radio?
3m 52s
7.2MB
8 July 2018
162
Programming Repeaters ... Revisited.
4m 33s
8.4MB
15 July 2018
163
The Contesting Coin Toss for the rest of us
3m 52s
7.2MB
22 July 2018
164
Heated Elements and Circuit Boards
3m 37s
6.7MB
29 July 2018
165
Water and Electronics a match made in hell ...
5 August 2018
166
The mysterious three phase power ...
3m 35s
6.6MB
12 August 2018
167
Getting Started ...
3m 18s
6.1MB
19 August 2018
168
How to start your own net ...
2m 58s
5.5MB
26 August 2018
169
Nothing like the standard of Morse Code ...
2 September 2018
170
How can I talk to my friend?
3m 33s
6.6MB
9 September 2018
171
Cloud Warming in style or what is NVIS?
3m 43s
6.9MB
16 September 2018
172
Antenna Polarisation and you
4m 13s
7.8MB
23 September 2018
173
Is man-made noise really vertical?
30 September 2018
174
Random bits of wire ...
3m 47s
7.0MB
7 October 2018
175
Everything you know about dipole (calculators) is wrong ...
3m 44s
6.9MB
14 October 2018
176
Celebrate accomplishments
3m 41s
6.8MB
21 October 2018
177
Get on air and make some noise ...
5m 13s
9.6MB
28 October 2018
178
Everything you wanted to know about amateur radio but were afraid to ask!
3m 46s
7.0MB
4 November 2018
179
The Golden Age of Amateur Radio is Now
3m 30s
6.5MB
11 November 2018
180
When failure doesn't matter ...
3m 40s
6.8MB
18 November 2018
181
Are you an Elmer?
3m 36s
6.7MB
25 November 2018
182
When does knowing more make it harder?
2m 57s
5.5MB
2 December 2018
183
How do I get a better antenna?
3m 30s
6.5MB
9 December 2018
184
Contest Headphones and glorious HF SSB
3m 56s
7.3MB
16 December 2018
185
What are you proud of?
4m 22s
8.1MB
23 December 2018
186
QRP EME project update #1
30 December 2018
187
Empirical evidence and the scientific method
4m 18s
8.0MB
6 January 2019
188
Fan Vertical Antenna
4m 25s
8.2MB
13 January 2019
189
The reported death of Amateur Radio due to FT8 is an exaggeration
20 January 2019
190
Brand New Callsign
4m 17s
7.9MB
27 January 2019
191
How to select a mobile operating location
3 February 2019
192
How effective is your station?
5m 13s
9.6MB
10 February 2019
193
Modern Tools for a Modern Hobby
3m 59s
7.4MB
17 February 2019
194
More WSPR adventures
4m 46s
8.8MB
24 February 2019
195
All the power in the world and not enough battery!
4m 56s
9.1MB
3 March 2019
196
Creativity comes with practice
10 March 2019
197
What's in a Chirp?
3m 31s
6.5MB
17 March 2019
198
The Station Log
24 March 2019
199
Overcoming Microphone Anxiety
31 March 2019
200
When you hear a distress call ...
7 April 2019
201
Fragility of Communication
4m 35s
8.5MB
14 April 2019
202
Antennas out of sight and out of mind ...
4m 14s
7.8MB
21 April 2019
203
How does a Software Defined Radio or SDR work?
28 April 2019
204
Software Defined Radio is fundamentally a different way of looking at radio spectrum
5m 12s
9.6MB
5 May 2019
205
SDR Sample Rates: How fast is fast enough?
12 May 2019
206
SDR: How many colours inside a Software Defined Radio?
19 May 2019
207
Digital Origami in Software Defined Radio
4m 31s
8.4MB
26 May 2019
208
Software Defined Radio offers another path to the same information.
2 June 2019
209
When digging gives you more understanding, the magic of software.
5m 20s
9.8MB
9 June 2019
210
Milking Software Defined Radio
3m 16s
6.1MB
16 June 2019
211
From Milk to Direct Conversion in a Software Defined Radio
4m 48s
8.9MB
23 June 2019
212
The Regulator
4m 32s
8.4MB
30 June 2019
213
The Software Defined Radio vs. Traditional Radio choice
3m 47s
7.0MB
7 July 2019
214
Your Software Defined Radio around the home
4m 57s
9.1MB
14 July 2019
215
What's allowed on our bands?
5m 20s
9.8MB
21 July 2019
216
How far can I talk on radio?
4m 33s
8.4MB
28 July 2019
217
What's in a word?
4 August 2019
218
It broke and now what?
11 August 2019
219
What's in a Watt?
18 August 2019
220
New Entrants are Everywhere
4m 28s
8.2MB
25 August 2019
221
Gate-keeping, special people and bullies.
1 September 2019
222
Boating adventures
3m 37s
6.7MB
8 September 2019
223
Planning for an outing
3m 19s
6.2MB
15 September 2019
224
Going on an outing
22 September 2019
225
Lessons Learnt
29 September 2019
226
Leave some bread crumbs behind
5m 13s
9.6MB
6 October 2019
227
How to make contesting interesting to an audience?
4m 42s
8.7MB
13 October 2019
228
World Wide Radio Operators Foundation
4m 21s
8.0MB
20 October 2019