Archive for March, 2017

My new ICOM IC-7300 transceiver has been loads of fun, but the scope was not displaying the frequency correctly for signals I was copying. I was listening to a local AM signal on 570 kHz and had to offset the frequency display by 1 or 2 kHz to have it sound intelligible. Also, the CW¬†signals […]


We received a question from a Ham in Oklahoma about mounting a Cushcraft R8. Although our answer was aimed at the Cushcraft R8, the information can be used for other vertical antennas that are mounted above ground. Cushcraft recommends that the R8 antenna be mounted at least 10 feet above ground level. The mast you […]


If no one is on the repeater and you would like to start up a conversation, simply call the station you wish to talk to. Say “KD8XXX, this is KE8XXX calling.” Or, if you want to put out a general call to anyone, simply key up and say your call sign. Don’t be a “kerchunker” […]