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Electrical and RF Grounding

Electrical and RF Grounding

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Station Grounding We are viewing this from the receiving station only.  This makes things a little easier to talk about. If we add transmitting into the equation, we have other items that we need to address and keep in the back of our minds. In other words - we are dealing with a lot less of a headache when talking about grounding a scanner station from a ham station, but a lot of the same principles will apply. (more…)
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Easy Emergency Battery Power

Easy Emergency Battery Power

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Setting up a safe, simple, always ready, emergency battery power setup There are a few ways that you can bring emergency power into your scanner radio setup.   But there aren't many ways that can be ready to go in the blink of an eye.   (more…)
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Petition to Save WWV, WWVB, and WWVH

Petition to Save WWV, WWVB, and WWVH

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Time is running out... and we must act to save WWV! The 2019 annual budget for NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) decreased by $49 Million USD from the 2018 budget. Due to the decrease in budget, the NIST has decided to pull funding for WWV, WWVB, and WWVH.   This move will save NIST $6.3 Million USD. (more…)
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Power Supplies

Power Supplies

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How do you clean up the mess of power adapters in your scanner station? Every Scanner needs it's own power brick plugged into your wall.  Every other 12 volt device requires it's own wall wart. The worst part about these adapters is the amount of space they take up.  Sometimes they are large enough to cover 2 spaces on your power strip. How do we clean up this mess? (more…)
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RF Connectors

RF Connectors

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What is with all the different types of RF Connectors? There are many different types of RF connectors on the market.  F, BNC, PL-259, N, DIN, SMA, MCX, etc ;) (more…)
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Combining Antennas

Combining Antennas

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Picking the best antennas for the job What if you wanted to use multiple antennas on your station?  Maybe you have the need for a VHF, UHF, and 800MHz Yagi antenna.  How do you combine all three antennas over a single coax line and feed them into your scanner? (more…)
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Filters

Filters

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Blocking those unwanted signals A filter is a great tool to either block unwanted frequencies from reaching your scanner, or only allowing a certain range of frequencies to pass to your receiver.  Depending on your needs the filter you require would change. (more…)
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