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Don't get BURNED! - get GROUNDED!
 
Be Prepared - get your Go Bag ready...
 
EM21 Grid Maps
 
A Chart on Coax Attenuation
 
Ham Links
 
Rover - What we did to gear up...
 The Jun 07 VHF Contest
  - We are rebuilding...

 The Jan 07 VHF Contest
  - Added 2304 MHz

 The Sep 06 VHF Contest
  - Added 1296 MHz!

 The Aug 06 UHF Contest
  - We WON the West Gulf Division!

 The Jun 06 VHF Contest
  - Added 902 MHz!

 The Jan 06 VHF Contest
  - Our first experience

 
Winlink 2000 and Airmail - email through your radio...
 
Terminology
 

This is a 'running list' of terms that I will add to as I come across a term that should be known. I am sure, no matter how hard I try, that I will forget to include terms in this glossary. Please forgive me. If you see something that is blatantly missing, email me the term and definition.

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A . - Alpha Back to Top

AM
Amplitude modulation. A means of adding voice or data to a radio frequency transmission by varying the amplitude of the carrier frequency. Broadcast stations in the "AM" band on a car radio use this modulation technique. AM is susceptible to static from electrical sources such as atmospheric noise, thunderstorms and electrical appliances.
APRS
Automatic Position Reporting System. Connecting a GPS unit to a radio, then having the radio "beacon" at regular intervals allows others to know the radio's position. There are many great resources available on the web. Start Here

B - . . . Bravo Back to Top

C - . - . Charlie Back to Top

CSCE
Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination. The CSCE states what elements you passed at this exam session. CSCEs are valid for 365 days from the date of issuance.
CW
Morse Code. Invented for telegraphy and still used in amateur radio, uses a binary (two-state) digital code similar to the code used by modern computers.

D - . . Delta Back to Top

E . Echo Back to Top

Elmer
An experienced, more knowledgeable (and wiser?) Amateur Radio Operator who often mentors the new guy.

F . . - . Foxtrot Back to Top

FM
Frequency Modulation. A method of modulation, where the strength of the signal is constant, but the frequency varies with the strength of the voice, and the rate of change varies with the frequency of the voice. Broadcast stations in the "FM" band on a car radio use this modulation technique.

G - - . Golf Back to Top

H . . . . Hotel Back to Top

HF
High Frequency. Radio frequencies in the band from 3 to 30 MHz.

I . . India Back to Top

J . - - - Juliet Back to Top

K - . - Kilo Back to Top

L . - . . Lima Back to Top

M - - Mike Back to Top

N - . November Back to Top

O - - - Oscar Back to Top

P . - - . Papa Back to Top

PSK
Phase-Shift Keying. A method of digital communication in which the phase of a transmitted signal is varied to convey information. There are several varieties of PSK.

Q - - . - Quebec Back to Top

Q Codes
The Q-code is a list of signals abbreviating a detailed question or answer. The code, as agreed upon by the International Telecommunication Union, is used worldwide on radiotelegraph. Ralph Kloth (DL4TA) has a great reference of the Q Codes and their meaning on his website.
QSL Card
QSL Means 'Can you acknowledge receipt? / I am acknowledging receipt.' A QSL Card is a postcard sized card used to confirm a radio conversation that you have been a part of. These cards are often exchanged between hams. With the growth of the Internet, some hams prefer to send eQSL cards through the www.eqsl.cc website. Click Here to view my QSL Card

R . - . Romeo Back to Top

S . . . Sierra Back to Top

T - Tango Back to Top

TNC
Terminal Node Controller. A terminal node controller (TNC) is a device used by amateur radio operators to participate in AX.25 packet radio networks. This device converts data into audio signals much like a modem.

U . . - Uniform Back to Top

V . . . - Victor Back to Top

VE
Volunteer Examiner. Volunteer Examiners (VEs) are General or Amateur Extra Class radio operators who volunteer their time and talent to prepare and administer amateur radio operator license examinations.

W . - - Whiskey Back to Top

X - . . - X-Ray Back to Top

Y - . - - Yankee Back to Top

Z - - . . Zulu Back to Top

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