Web and You Tube References for Member Challenges


The Members' Challenge is a way to further member's interests and foster independent learning, that can be consolidated in other ways, and a challenge members to both engage in co-operative and in hands-on learning, tap into the knowledge and experience of other Hams, and develop their knowledge and skills. In a recent survey, KWARC members indicated they would appreciate some "After the Exam Training". Hopefully, these sources can also help in meeting member needs in this area.

KWARC will use the idea of flipped learning, in that these sources will provide the initial learnings, and the collective knowledge of the members engaged in the challenges will be utilized in some way that will cement and apply the understandings gained from these sources.

KWARC members, and site visitors who may not be engaged in the challenges, are welcome to use resources, which KWARC hopes provide as a screened compendium of good and accurate sources, all of which are freely available via search engines as well. KWARC is not responsible for the content of the these sources, nor will KWARC assume responsibility for any failures, negative effects, or failure of the users of these sources to prevent injury or harm to themselves or others.

These references are ones recommended by KWARC members for KWARC members. We thank the members for their involvement and ideas. Further suggestions for Web sites and You Tube videos may be sent: . Please include the full URL, a brief description of the content, and/or the rationale for inclusion.

Antenna Theory:

antenna-theory.com! Its name says it all.

A collection of links from an introduction to antennas up to antenna design, and more.

From the DX Zone Web site:

This page from the site on "Antenna Theory" covers a wide range of topics.

You Tube Video: Introduction to Antennas

A video from the 1980's, somewhat dated, but a solid introduction to basic antenna principles, antenna types and radiation patterns. Here's the link: "Introduction To Antennas

A Refresher On Antenna Concepts From A Commercial Company:

A simplified presentation of antenna terminology with illustrations to help the reader "picture" the concept. "Mobile Mark Antenna Solutions"

Antenna Building:

You Tube Search Results: Building a Multi-band Ham Antenna

Let the Googler beware: Here' a link that can keep you busy for quite a while. Not responsible for any of the videos quality. "Building A Multi-Band Ham Antenna"

Antenna Modeling Software

A short on-line source of information on some types of antenna modeling software. Here's the link: "Antenna Software For Antenna Buffs"

From the ARRL:

A landing page with several links that covers a broad range of topics: "Building Simple Antennas "

The Log Periodic Antenna:

This antenna curiosity is, as the article says, the subject of a lot of study. Here's the link: "Designing Log Periodic Antennas"

Multi-band dipoles:

This video by WD0AKX, goes over the basics of this rather simple type of antenna. Here's the link: "Building a Multi-Band HF Dipole Antenna "

An article based on the TCA description of a circularly polarized design particularly useful for beacons. "The Skew-Planar Wheel Antenna "

For many years, David Conn, VE3KL, authored many articles on antennas and transmission lines in The Canadian Amateur. This link to his website, will lead to other links that support some of those articles, as well as some of his other presentations and thoughts "David Conn, VE3KL's Web Site "

A page of links about HF antennas, high frequency antennas, antenna types and antenna patterns, printed and microstrip antennas and more, can be found HERE .


Moon Bounce:

Some On-line Resources as a starter:

From QRZ.com: a discussion on how to get started on moon bounce using digital modes. Here's the link: "EME Moon Bounce For Beginner "

From hamclass.net, a PDF file describing some history, some successes and challenges, and a good set of on-line references at the end. "Moon Bounce On A Budget "

From dxmaps.com, a brief 7 step outline on how to do get started on moon bounce: "Get ready for 2m MoonBounce communications."

Some Canadian content:VE2ZAZ describes his work in a PDF presentation on 440 Mhz: "A Beginner's View of Easy Moonbouncing..."

A journal article presenting a very basic outline : "Moon-bounce: A Boon for VHF Dxing"

Dongles, SDR and Digital Radio:

An on-line SDR Receiver:

" Software-defined receiver at https://www.smeter.net "

Other on-line SDR Receivers:

From Pascal Villeuve, VA2PV: This link goes to Pascal's "links" page. The link is the third one down. It may produce a blank page at first, but if you wait a a few seconds, you will be provided with a "connection" link to the receiver. If you wait a bit longer, Pascal's blog page will come up. Give the link a try "here" !

From Andras, the author of OpenWebRX, a page of links to "Canadian SDR receivers" .


ARES and Emergency Response:

DF and Foxhunting:


Prediction Software:

Web Sources of More General Use:

Ilian Rosu "YO3DAC - VA3IUL"

Ilian's Web page covers many topics relevant to Hams and to experimenters.Too much to try to describe in this small space.

Dave Casler, KE00G: "Ham Radio Answers"

Dave's Web site has a great quantity of information, but is recommended for its links to Dave's You Tube series of videos grouped under the heading of "Ask Dave!". This page provides a listing and links to of some of the more than 100 videos Dave has produced. A direct link to Dave's You Tube channel can be found by clicking HERE. Click on the "VIDEOS" link in the navigation bar to see the most up-to-date listings.

Pascal Villeuve, VA2PV:

Pascal maintains a bi-lingual Web site publishing reviews of current equipment ("VA2PV.com"), and manages a bi-lingual You Tube channel ("laboenligne.ca").

A Useful Page of Topical Links- The DX Zone Site:

DX Zone is a portal dedicated to ham radio (amateur radio) with a links directory dedicated to long-distance and two-way radio communications. A great way to spend an afternoon!
Two handy pages are the "Catalog Page" and the "Technical Reference Page".