Sticky shortwave radio? This works!

Eton E1

I just came across a great thread over on Reddit about how to clean the sticky coating that afflicts so many portable shortwave radios. This is great news! A user who goes by the name neonmica says- “Tackiness is completely gone. Lettering untouched. A damp cloth with a little Borax. Then some detail works with … Read more

A word for Shortwave Beginners

Kchibo KK-9803

A few things about shortwave radio: The time of day matters – more specifically where the night-path is relative to you and the station you are listening to. The path that allows shortwave to propagate to the other side of the world is created by the Sun ionizing the ionosphere – too much and you … Read more

Before you put up that wire antenna, read this!


Antennas, the good, bad, and ugly Truth Published on 4/5/2010, by m0mvb A radio antenna is the crucial link in any receiving or transmitting station whether it is used for ham radio, short wave listening, or for commercial or professional use. The overall performance of the radio station depends upon the performance of the radio … Read more

How to set your Microphone Gain Control for SSB

Ever wondered how to set the proper mic gain on your SSB transceiver? You’d be surprised (or maybe not) how many hams have their audio controls for transmitting set incorrectly. Tyler, N7TFP, shows you how to properly set your microphone gain in this video. Note: ALC actually stands for Automatic Level Control