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Welcome to The DIY Ham

At The DIY Ham we celebrate the roots of Amateur Radio. Starting with the first amateur, Guglielmo Marconi in 1901, amateurs (or hams as most prefer to be called) have made significant contributions and enabled advances in technology. From improvements to the old spectrum hogging spark gap transmitters of Marconi’s age, using vacuum tubes and more refined electronic designs, to inventions that have enabled the current cell phone explosion, hams have been a significant part of advancing the art of communications, world wide, for more than a century.

We honor the time when the right of passage for a new ham was to build your first radios from simple, tried and true vacuum tube designs, while we also welcome the digital revolution and amazing amounts of processing power we have at our finger tips. Above all, we support the DIY spirit of today’s ham to find unique solutions to simple and complex problems along with their ability to find new ways of doing things that push technology and change the world.

One other item of importance and transparency. From time to time I may recommend a product or item or tool that I bought from Amazon or that is similar to one I or someone I know has that I think is worthwhile to have in your shack. I will usually include an Amazon link to that product. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases of those items. It doesn’t cost you anything additional and the small income helps support this site. So I thank you in advance.

Ham Interests & Links

Government & Organizations

FCC Amateur Radio Service
ARRL
CQ Magazine
QRZ

Vendors I Like

DX Engineering
Gigaparts
Ham Radio Outlet
The SignMan

Other Hams I Visit

Ham Radio Crash Course
KE0OG
KM4ACK
W3AF

Recent Blog Posts

Go Boxes Part 3

Issues, Problems, Pitfalls, & The Conclusion When we left GB Part 2, I talked about the fact that things didn’t always go as expected during either the GB1 or GB2 builds and that we would take a look at some of the specifics in this 3rd, and hopefully final, post for this series. I apologizeContinue reading “Go Boxes Part 3”

Go Box Part 2

Recap Welcome back to my Go Box (GB) series. I’m not sure if you can really call two a series, but since this will likely go to three, I think we’re good, so here we go. In part one, we looked at what you might call a more traditional GB, similar to the majority ofContinue reading “Go Box Part 2”

Go Boxes – Part 1

What’s a Go Box? The subject of go boxes is one that has many, varied opinions. I don’t think it would actually start a big argument, but like any other topic in ham radio, there are some strong viewpoints on the subject floating around. Sort of like the old AM vs SSB arguments of aContinue reading “Go Boxes – Part 1”

About – WA4OPE

My name is Dave Hewlett, WA4OPE. Welcome to my site. I’ve been a ham, on and off, since 1976. Though I’ve not always been active in the hobby, my interests in electronics and DIY have been a large part of all my endeavors. Please enjoy your time here and explore the many facets of this incredible hobby we all enjoy.

Get in Touch

If you have comments, questions, or complaints, please let us know at the email address below:

wa4ope@arrl.net