ARRL The Doctor is In

ARRL The Doctor is In

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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.


End-Fed Antennas  

End-Fed HF antennas are becoming increasingly popular, especially for limited space applications, but how well do they really work? In this episode, the Doctor separates myth from reality.


Discussing grounds for electrical safety, RF problems, and lightning protection. Also, a question about odd SWR readings.

Speech Equalization, Compression and Processing  

With a few adjustments you can not only sound better on the air, your signal may gain a edge that will help you cut through the pileups!

Remote Antenna Tuners  

Not every antenna tuner needs to be inside your station. Some do an even better job outdoors!

CTCSS, DTMF and More  

We uncover a bowl of alphabet soup in this episode, along with some interesting technical history.

HF Loop Antennas  

Many amateurs swear by large loop antennas for the HF bands, but what makes them so special?

AM and SSB  

Amplitude Modulation and Single Side Band have a great deal in common, including a shared history.

Meteor Scatter  

Between five and 300 metric tons of space debris plunges into our atmosphere every day. And believe it or not, hams have been bouncing signals off of it for decades!

Long Delayed Echoes  

Strange ducting in our atmosphere? An alien repeater in outer space? No one really knows what causes this spooky phenomenon.

Restoring Old Radios  

We end the year with a fond remembrance of rigs gone by, and a discussion of how to bring them back to life.

Antenna System Troubleshooting  

How to track down and fix those annoying antenna problems.

Yagi Antennas  

A discussion of how these venerable antennas really work, with a nod to Mr Uda!

Stealth Antennas  

Sometimes the best antenna is the "least" antenna.

Anderson PowerPoles and Antenna Polarization  

All about those red and black connectors (they come in other colors, too) and a discussion of antenna polarization.

HF Mobile Antennas  

Operating HF mobile presents several unique challenges, starting with the antenna.

Bits vs Baud  

When it comes to digital communications, many amateurs believe that bits and baud are the same, but they're not!

Coping with the Solar Minimum  

We're on the downhill slide to the solar minimum, but that doesn't mean the end of Amateur Radio enjoyment. Even at the very bottom of the cycle there is still plenty to do, and plenty of ways to do it!

Coaxial Connectors  

They may seem simple, but there is much more to the common coaxial cable connector than you may think!

Software Defined Radio  

What is software defined radio? Well, it depends on how you "define" it.

Standing Wave Ratio  

The Doctor addresses the misconceptions surrounding SWR - Standing Wave Ratio.

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