Steve Ford and Joel Hallas

ARRL The Doctor is In

ARRL The Doctor is In hosted by Steve Ford and Joel Hallas
ARRL The Doctor is In

Description

ARRL The Doctor is In is a podcast based on the popular QST magazine column "The Doctor is In." Hosted by QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and columnist Joel Hallas, W1ZR, the podcast is a lively 20-minute discussion of a wide range of technical topics. Sponsored by DX Engineering.

Categories

Technology

Episodes

VHF/UHF Propagation

Dec 5, 2019

Description:

Repeaters aren't the only ways to span long distances in the world above 50 MHz.

Big Wire Antennas

Nov 21, 2019

Description:

Rhombics, Lazy Hs, Curtains, oh my! The Doctor talks BIG wire antennas for the HF bands.

Antenna Switches

Nov 7, 2019

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There is more to an antenna switch than meets the eye. The Doctor explains.

Beverage Antennas

Oct 24, 2019

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The Doctor discusses a legendary receiving antenna -- not adult drinks!

Antenna EnTRAPment!

Oct 10, 2019

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Awful puns notwithstanding, antenna traps are clever devices, but not many amateurs understand how they work. The Doctor explains . . .

Keeping Water Out of Coaxial Cables

Sep 26, 2019

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Water is one of the great enemies of coaxial cable, causing severe loss and other issues. The Doctor explains how to keep H2O at bay.

Coaxial Cable Connectors

Sep 12, 2019

Description:

The Doctor discusses the wide variety of coaxial cable connectors, including some you may not recognize.

Coaxial Cable Connectors

Sep 12, 2019

Description:

The Doctor discusses the wide variety of coaxial cable connectors, including some you may not recognize.

Coaxial Cable Connectors

Sep 12, 2019

Description:

The Doctor discusses the wide variety of coaxial cable connectors, including some you may not recognize.

Different Types of Grounds

Aug 29, 2019

Description:

What sort of ground do you need -- RF or electrical safety? It makes a big difference, as the Doctor explains.

Different Types of Grounds

Aug 29, 2019

Description:

What sort of ground do you need -- RF or electrical safety? It makes a big difference, as the Doctor explains.

Different Types of Grounds

Aug 29, 2019

Description:

What sort of ground do you need -- RF or electrical safety? It makes a big difference, as the Doctor explains.

The Legendary G5RV Antenna

Aug 15, 2019

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The Doctor separates myth from fact about this very popular antenna for the HF bands.

The Legendary G5RV Antenna

Aug 15, 2019

Description:

The Doctor separates myth from fact about this very popular antenna for the HF bands.

The Legendary G5RV Antenna

Aug 15, 2019

Description:

The Doctor separates myth from fact about this very popular antenna for the HF bands.

Noise Blankers and Noise Reduction

Aug 1, 2019

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Different tools for different applications. The Doctor explains the differences.

Noise Blankers and Noise Reduction

Aug 1, 2019

Description:

Different tools for different applications. The Doctor explains the differences.

Noise Blankers and Noise Reduction

Aug 1, 2019

Description:

Different tools for different applications. The Doctor explains the differences.

Antenna Polarization

Jul 18, 2019

Description:

Your antenna's polarization can make a big difference in how well you can hear, and be heard -- especially on VHF and up.

Antenna Polarization

Jul 18, 2019

Description:

Your antenna's polarization can make a big difference in how well you can hear, and be heard -- especially on VHF and up.

Antenna Polarization

Jul 18, 2019

Description:

Your antenna's polarization can make a big difference in how well you can hear, and be heard -- especially on VHF and up.

Selecting Coaxial Cable

Jul 4, 2019

Description:

There are many types of cable for many applications. Which type do you need?

Selecting Coaxial Cable

Jul 4, 2019

Description:

There are many types of cable for many applications. Which type do you need?

Selecting Coaxial Cable

Jul 4, 2019

Description:

There are many types of cable for many applications. Which type do you need?

ARRL's The Doctor is In - Listener Mailbag

Jun 20, 2019

Description:

The Doctor answers questions from listeners!

ARRL's The Doctor is In - Listener Mailbag

Jun 20, 2019

Description:

The Doctor answers questions from listeners!

ARRL's The Doctor is In - Listener Mailbag

Jun 20, 2019

Description:

The Doctor answers questions from listeners!

ARRL's The Doctor Is In - Stringing Up Antennas

Jun 6, 2019

Description:

Trees make handy supports for wire antennas, but getting an antenna into a tree -- and keeping it there -- can be a challenge.

ARRL's The Doctor Is In - Stringing Up Antennas

Jun 6, 2019

Description:

Trees make handy supports for wire antennas, but getting an antenna into a tree -- and keeping it there -- can be a challenge.

ARRL's The Doctor Is In - Stringing Up Antennas

Jun 6, 2019

Description:

Trees make handy supports for wire antennas, but getting an antenna into a tree -- and keeping it there -- can be a challenge.

Do Dipoles Have to be Straight?

May 23, 2019

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The answer to the question is an emphatic "no," and the Doctor explains why.

Do Dipoles Have to be Straight?

May 23, 2019

Description:

The answer to the question is an emphatic "no," and the Doctor explains why.

Do Dipoles Have to be Straight?

May 23, 2019

Description:

The answer to the question is an emphatic "no," and the Doctor explains why.

It's About Time!

May 9, 2019

Description:

A discussion of UTC as well as the importance of accurate time for a number of digital modes.

It's About Time!

May 9, 2019

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A discussion of UTC as well as the importance of accurate time for a number of digital modes.

It's About Time!

May 9, 2019

Description:

A discussion of UTC as well as the importance of accurate time for a number of digital modes.

Handheld Transceivers

Apr 25, 2019

Description:

These little radios are packed with features, but which one is best for you?

Handheld Transceivers

Apr 25, 2019

Description:

These little radios are packed with features, but which one is best for you?

Handheld Transceivers

Apr 25, 2019

Description:

These little radios are packed with features, but which one is best for you?

Listening Outside the Ham Bands

Apr 11, 2019

Description:

Whether you own an HF transceiver, or a VHF/UHF handheld radio, there is much to hear beyond Amateur Radio frequencies.

Listening Outside the Ham Bands

Apr 11, 2019

Description:

Whether you own an HF transceiver, or a VHF/UHF handheld radio, there is much to hear beyond Amateur Radio frequencies.

Listening Outside the Ham Bands

Apr 11, 2019

Description:

Whether you own an HF transceiver, or a VHF/UHF handheld radio, there is much to hear beyond Amateur Radio frequencies.

The WSPR Heard 'Round the World

Mar 28, 2019

Description:

Are you curious about the mysteries of signal propagation, or maybe wondering how well your antenna is working? The answer may be just a "WSPR" away.

The WSPR Heard 'Round the World

Mar 28, 2019

Description:

Are you curious about the mysteries of signal propagation, or maybe wondering how well your antenna is working? The answer may be just a "WSPR" away.

The WSPR Heard 'Round the World

Mar 28, 2019

Description:

Are you curious about the mysteries of signal propagation, or maybe wondering how well your antenna is working? The answer may be just a "WSPR" away.

SWR Simplified

Mar 14, 2019

Description:

A discussion of SWR -- Standing Wave Ratio -- can be complicated, but it really doesn't need to be.

SWR Simplified

Mar 14, 2019

Description:

A discussion of SWR -- Standing Wave Ratio -- can be complicated, but it really doesn't need to be.

SWR Simplified

Mar 14, 2019

Description:

A discussion of SWR -- Standing Wave Ratio -- can be complicated, but it really doesn't need to be.

Meet the Raspberry Pi

Feb 28, 2019

Description:

Become acquainted with the versatile Raspberry Pi microcomputer, and learn about our new podcast for beginning amateurs.

Meet the Raspberry Pi

Feb 28, 2019

Description:

Become acquainted with the versatile Raspberry Pi microcomputer, and learn about our new podcast for beginning amateurs.

Meet the Raspberry Pi

Feb 28, 2019

Description:

Become acquainted with the versatile Raspberry Pi microcomputer, and learn about our new podcast for beginning amateurs.

Are We Entering a Maunder Minimum?

Feb 14, 2019

Description:

We are at the bottom of the current solar cycle, but what are the long-term prospects for improvement?

Are We Entering a Maunder Minimum?

Feb 14, 2019

Description:

We are at the bottom of the current solar cycle, but what are the long-term prospects for improvement?

Are We Entering a Maunder Minimum?

Feb 14, 2019

Description:

We are at the bottom of the current solar cycle, but what are the long-term prospects for improvement?

FT8

Jan 31, 2019

Description:

Steve Ford, WB8IMY, provides an introduction to FT8, one of the most popular Amateur Radio digital modes ever created.

FT8

Jan 31, 2019

Description:

Steve Ford, WB8IMY, provides an introduction to FT8, one of the most popular Amateur Radio digital modes ever created.

FT8

Jan 31, 2019

Description:

Steve Ford, WB8IMY, provides an introduction to FT8, one of the most popular Amateur Radio digital modes ever created.

Life above 50 MHz

Jan 17, 2019

Description:

Steve Ford, WB8IMY, speaks with ARRL Radiosport Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, about the fascinating world of VHF/UHF.

Life above 50 MHz

Jan 17, 2019

Description:

Steve Ford, WB8IMY, speaks with ARRL Radiosport Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, about the fascinating world of VHF/UHF.

Life above 50 MHz

Jan 17, 2019

Description:

Steve Ford, WB8IMY, speaks with ARRL Radiosport Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, about the fascinating world of VHF/UHF.

Log Periodic Antennas

Jan 3, 2019

Description:

These directional antennas may look like Yagis, but they are quite different. The Doctor explains!

Log Periodic Antennas

Jan 3, 2019

Description:

These directional antennas may look like Yagis, but they are quite different. The Doctor explains!

Log Periodic Antennas

Jan 3, 2019

Description:

These directional antennas may look like Yagis, but they are quite different. The Doctor explains!

Ground Plane Antennas

Dec 20, 2018

Description:

These antennas are everywhere, but how do they really work?

Ground Plane Antennas

Dec 20, 2018

Description:

These antennas are everywhere, but how do they really work?

RF Safety

Dec 6, 2018

Description:

RF exposure is a concern for every amateur, but did you know that FCC Rules require you to make an RF safety assessment of your station? The Doctor explains . . .

Station Computers

Nov 22, 2018

Description:

Computers have become integral parts of most Amateur Radio stations, but the type of computer you choose depends upon the application.

External Speakers

Nov 8, 2018

Description:

Would you benefit by adding an external speaker to your radio? The answers may surprise you.

Do You Really Need a Tower?

Oct 25, 2018

Description:

The vast majority of amateurs do not own antenna towers, but that doesn't mean you should strike one from your list of future station improvements.

Winterizing

Oct 11, 2018

Description:

We're approaching winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Even if you live in an area that never sees snow or ice, there are still some preparations to consider.

Volt Ohm Meters

Sep 27, 2018

Description:

These meters have been around for decades and remain one of most useful pieces of test equipment you can own.

Tools for Every Ham

Sep 13, 2018

Description:

The Doctor discusses basic tools that every amateur should have in his or her station.

Antennas and Wind

Aug 30, 2018

Description:

Whether you have a simple wire antenna or a large HF Yagi on a tower, the effects of wind are major considerations. The Doctor offers tips to improve the odds of your antenna's survival.

Dummy Loads

Aug 16, 2018

Description:

They may be ultra-simple devices, but dummy loads can be valuable tools for testing and more.

Antenna Rotators

Aug 2, 2018

Description:

If you need to spin your antenna, chances are you'll need a rotator. The Doctor offers valuable advice about these mechanical marvels.

ARRL's The Doctor is In - Zero Beating

Jul 19, 2018

Description:

The Doctor explains "zero beating." It isn't just about CW.

ARRL's The Doctor is In

Jul 5, 2018

Description:

The Doctor dips into the mail bag . . .

ARRL's The Doctor is In

Jun 21, 2018

Description:

Summertime is vacation time, and the Doctor offers advice on bringing Amateur Radio along for the ride.

Field Day Antennas

Jun 7, 2018

Description:

The Doctor offers advice about antenna options for the upcoming ARRL Field Day.

Coping with Poor HF Conditions

May 24, 2018

Description:

While some amateurs may complain about lousy HF propagation conditions, the Doctor explains that the truth is a bit more nuanced.

RF Loss

May 10, 2018

Description:

Between the radio and the antenna, there are a number of "opportunities" to lose your precious RF energy. The Doctor explains!

Kits and Kit Building

Apr 26, 2018

Description:

Amateur Radio kits are not only still popular, they are highly rewarding. The Doctor offers his tips for kit buying and building.

Microphones

Apr 12, 2018

Description:

Amateurs tend to take microphones for granted, but the right microphone can make a huge difference in how you sound on the air, and how well you are understood.

Filters

Mar 29, 2018

Description:

Receiving every signal is not always a good thing -- especially when you receive them all at once! The Doctor describes why proper filtering is important.

Mailbag

Mar 15, 2018

Description:

The Doctor answers listener questions. Send yours to doctor@arrl.org.

Adding an Amplifier to your Station

Mar 1, 2018

Description:

Adding an amp is not as straightforward as it sounds. There is much to consider, including AC power.

Vacuum Tubes

Feb 15, 2018

Description:

These classic devices are not as common as they used to be, but they are far from extinct.

Automatic Gain Control

Feb 1, 2018

Description:

This little-discussed receiver feature preserves your sanity, and so much more!

Antenna Wire

Jan 18, 2018

Description:

Is just any type of wire suitable for an antenna? The Doctor explains the options.

Keeping Cool

Jan 4, 2018

Description:

Your equipment should be in the "Goldilocks" zone: Not too hot, but also not too cold.

Handheld Transceiver Antennas

Dec 21, 2017

Description:

Most handheld transceivers come equipped with so-called "rubber duck" antennas. They aren't very efficient antennas, but do they really need to be efficient to be useful?

Listener Mailbag

Dec 7, 2017

Description:

We devote the entire episode to answering listener questions!

Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines

Nov 23, 2017

Description:

Which is really better? Coaxial cable or one of the varieties of balanced feed lines such as "window line?" The answer isn't as clear cut as you may think.

NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave

Nov 9, 2017 0:17:13

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Sometimes the best direction to send your signal is straight up!

 

QRP

Oct 26, 2017 0:18:58

Description:

Discover the joys of operating with VERY low power.

Dirty Transmitters

Oct 12, 2017 0:14:41

Description:

Cleaning up a transmitter is important, and it requires more than a little soap!

Soldering and Unsoldering

Sep 28, 2017 0:20:55

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The Doctor's tips for success when working with molten metal, otherwise known as the art of soldering. It also helps to know the art of unsoldering, when things do not go as planned.

How High is High Enough?

Sep 14, 2017 0:18:14

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How high does your antenna need to be? The Doctor provides the answer.

Antenna Analyzers

Aug 31, 2017 0:18:38

Description:

These devices are godsends to anyone who is interested in building their own antennas. Find out why!

S Units

Aug 17, 2017 0:19:16

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What is your signal strength meter really telling you? Can you trust it? The Doctor has the answers!

Keys and Keyers

Aug 3, 2017 0:23:30

Description:

CW is still one of the most popular communication modes in Amateur Radio. Learn all about the types of Morse code keys in use today, as well as the electronic keyers found in many transceivers.

Power Supplies

Jul 20, 2017 0:21:10

Description:

Every Amateur Radio stations needs a power supply, but not all supplies are created equal.

APRS

Jul 6, 2017 0:19:50

Description:

APRS -- the Automatic Packet Reporting System -- is about more than tracking the locations of objects.

Generators

Jun 22, 2017 0:24:12

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Just in time for ARRL Field Day, a discussion of electric generators!