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
7 June 2015
001
Different soil types ...
14 June 2015
002
What radio should I purchase?
21 June 2015
003
Amateur Radio FAQ's
28 June 2015
004
Cabrillo and ADIF file formats
5 July 2015
005
7Ps of Amateur Radio - be prepared
12 July 2015
006
Tuning a dipole, bring your friends...
19 July 2015
007
Hunting for the perfect SWR.
26 July 2015
008
Delta Loop for Portable Operation
2 August 2015
009
Radio Amateur - the local lunatic
9 August 2015
010
Do your thing and find friends to play with
16 August 2015
011
Names in Amateur Radio
23 August 2015
012
1000 hobbies under one roof
30 August 2015
013
What to say in a contest...
6 September 2015
014
Phonetic Alphabets
13 September 2015
015
Every Antenna is a Compromise!
20 September 2015
016
Propagation predictions and operating your radio
27 September 2015
017
Use it or Lose it ... make a contact today!
4 October 2015
018
Antenna Calculators
11 October 2015
019
Getting started with portable operation
18 October 2015
020
Propagation and reality
25 October 2015
021
Wet string and 10 Watts
1 November 2015
022
Tools in my shack
8 November 2015
023
How to get started in a contest
15 November 2015
024
Change one thing at a time ...
22 November 2015
025
Fieldstrength and Chickens
29 November 2015
026
Radios are not quite appliances ...
6 December 2015
027
Picking better language to talk about our hobby ...
13 December 2015
028
We should stop requiring electronics to be amateurs.
20 December 2015
029
SDR diversity and Ah-Ha!
27 December 2015
030
Contesting, something for everyone ...
3 January 2016
031
Have a look or search online at the previous editions of this podcast.
10 January 2016
032
How to manage your first pile-up.
17 January 2016
033
Reviewing the introduction of the Foundation License.
24 January 2016
034
Where did all the amateurs go?
31 January 2016
035
Sizing your battery.
7 February 2016
036
The humble dipole ... contraption.
5m 37s
10 MB
14 February 2016
037
What is the best antenna?
21 February 2016
038
Experimentation is about failure ...
28 February 2016
039
What's in a Repeater?
6 March 2016
040
Bandplans and Edges
13 March 2016
041
The CAT interface
20 March 2016
042
Lucky Lightning Escape
27 March 2016
043
Operating Procedures
3 April 2016
044
Q-codes in voice
10 April 2016
045
Coax impedence, 50 Ohm and 75 Ohm, why is it so?
17 April 2016
046
QRP - When you care to send the very least!
24 April 2016
047
What can you say on-air?
1 May 2016
048
Logging software ... what to choose?
8 May 2016
049
Lower and Upper Side Band, why is it so?
15 May 2016
050
Harmonics and calling CQ
22 May 2016
051
A surprise might be just around the corner...
29 May 2016
052
How to get started ...
5 June 2016
053
Training, Traumatic or Fun, you decide...
12 June 2016
054
The logistics of being in a contest while mobile
19 June 2016
055
How to make contacts during a contest?
26 June 2016
056
After the contest ... the debrief.
3 July 2016
057
Alternating Current and Direct Current are the same thing ...
10 July 2016
058
How old is the mode you're using?
17 July 2016
059
The band is dead and there are no contacts to be made...
24 July 2016
060
Don't ever yell into a microphone and other neat things ...
31 July 2016
061
The FM Capture Effect and other Amateur Radio magic...
7 August 2016
062
Paper Logging tips and tricks ...
14 August 2016
063
Learning from your mistakes ...
21 August 2016
064
Unpredictable radio waves ...
28 August 2016
065
What is station security?
4 September 2016
066
What is SWR?
5m 27s
10 MB
11 September 2016
067
How to melt coax ...
18 September 2016
068
Make your own propagation map!
25 September 2016
069
The birth and legacy of IRLP.
2 October 2016
070
Propagation is everywhere!
9 October 2016
071
DX, common ground on a common term?
16 October 2016
072
What happens if you move the feed point in a dipole?
23 October 2016
073
Where do you start with this Amateur thing?
30 October 2016
074
The joy of Amateur Radio
6 November 2016
075
DTMF is something we use regularly ...
13 November 2016
076
Amateur Radio Satellites ... more than two in the sky.
20 November 2016
077
Messy shacks are the way we do things around here.
27 November 2016
078
Manufacturer drivel and antennas ...
4 December 2016
079
Coax vertical dipole and other musings ...
11 December 2016
080
Passion and Politics
18 December 2016
081
SOTA goat adventures ...
25 December 2016
082
Do we really understand our hobby?
1 January 2017
083
Tuning up strange antennas ...
8 January 2017
084
More strange antennas!
15 January 2017
085
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ...
5m 57s
10 MB
22 January 2017
086
A nifty idea looking for a purpose in 1947 changes the world as we know it...
29 January 2017
087
What does MARS have to do with Amateur Radio?
7m 31s
13 MB
5 February 2017
088
Sun-Spots and Amateur Radio
12 February 2017
089
This hobby is dead ... NOT!
19 February 2017
090
The spirit of our hobby ...
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...
12 March 2017
093
What is a resistor?
19 March 2017