Questions tagged [ham-radio]

Ham radio (also called amateur radio) is a licensed form of radio communications for private and non-commercial use. Frequency allocations are made available specifically for ham radio and power levels allowed are typically much higher than available in unlicensed areas of the spectrum.

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RFI protection for a stepper motor controller

I'm building a remote tuning device for a magnetic loop antenna. It will use a stepper motor to turn the shaft on the mag loop's variable capacitor. The electronics will consist primarily of a ...
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Test Input Transformer with Signal Generator

I have an RF Amplifier kit that is not working. The main problem is that the input transformer presents the radio with a high, unexpected SWR. It does amplify, so something works. The transformer is ...
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Understanding RF MOSFET Bias Circuit

A faulty in vehicle DCDC charger has fed 16V or so into a brand new radio and I'm stuck with a non-transmitting transmitter. This particular circuit has multiple amplification stages with two preamps ...
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Automatic Audio Source Switching

I was unable to find an answer to this question, but feel free to link any additional threads I may have missed. In my car, I have an aftermarket amp, and multiple HAM and public service radios. I ...
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CB Radio Effects Unit. Can anyone help with a wiring puzzle?

I’m working on a small CB radio project for a friend, but am having a hard time figuring out some technical details. If anyone has any ideas on how to solve this puzzle I’d be super grateful. The ...
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How to connect a 4:1 balun to a a log periodic antenna?

I'm following a plan for a home made LTE/4G UHF antenna here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3221812 ...because it looks to be of a very similar to design to a very expensive 4G anntenna I know ...
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What's a good ferrite material for broadband transformers in the UHF band?

I need a single hole tube shape, that I can use up around 500 MHz. I've not found anything beyond 300MHz on Magnetics Inc, Fair-Rite etc. I need a cylinder shape with single central hole, OD <7mm, ...
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Does a pcb as patch antenna isolate itself?

I'm currently working on a prototype patch antenna for UHF. Since I'm out of copper at the moment, I used empty PCB's as base material (don't mind the PCB in between, it's only a spacer): So now my ...
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Using TWS-BS-6 and RWS-374-3 for analog audio transmission?

I'm really new to electronics and thought I'd build a simple walkie-talkie as a hobby and education project. A friend suggested I consider using the TWS-BS-6 and RWS-374-3 for the radio transmission ...
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Why is it difficult to localize shortwave transmissions?

I have read that it is difficult to localize shortwave transmissions, but I don't understand why that is. I know that localizing the bounced transmission is obviously difficult, but when the antenna ...
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Feeding an antenna with a YIG oscillator

Assume I have a YIG tuned oscillator (2-10GHZ), output power 10-20mW, and an ultra wideband antenna corresponding to this range. Is there a problem with feeding the antenna directly with the ...
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Understanding Dipole vs Commercially available antennas

I'm working on a project involving RF. I have a pretty good understanding of "HAM Radio" style RF engineering, but not at a professional level. I'm trying to find a commercially available dipole ...