Xiegu G90 Digital Modes with SignaLink Setup

The Xiegu G90 is a great little affordable radio which has digital capabilities. While Xiegu (CEE-eh Goo, not Zy-Goo for you non-Mandarin speakers) does supply a break out module, the CE-19 for connecting to a soundcard with digital modes, many hams prefer to use a little more robust plug-n-play setup like the Tigertronics SignaLink. However …

Vertical Antenna Theory: Loading and Ground Planes

Because of the sheer length of the radio waves in certain bands, portable antennas or antennas in low space/stealth applications use a number of tricks or compromises to get resonance and radiating power sufficient to make contacts. Two of these tricks and compromises used with vertical antennas are Loading and Ground Radials. Loading: Loading is …

Soda Can Battery From Trash

I really love DIY projects and proof of concepts with electricity and radio so when I saw this little project using soda cans, cardboard, copper wire, sand, and saltwater to build a battery, I was all over it. (video from rumble.com, an alternative to YouTube’s increasingly anti-free speech platform) Instructions: Cut the tops off of …

How to Update Your Address on Your Ham Radio Operator License

A requirement of maintaining an amateur radio operators license is that you must update the FCC with your current address if you move. Failure to keep your address updated and accurate can result in losing your ham radio license, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t forget to update it. There are a number …