Microcontroller Projects for Amateur Radio

Book Review “Microcontroller Projects for Amateur Radio” is a great book for folks with some background with microcontrollersand have a knack for improvising and troubleshooting. That may sound like a left-handed complement, but read on. It was submitted to ARRL for publication two years before it hit the ARRL Store. Every schematic was redrawn, which […]

Amateur Radio Resources at the VT Library

Selected Resources on Amateur Radio and Basic Electronics from the University Libraries at Virginia Tech from Edward Lener, College Librarian for the Sciences, AK4IS, More information on how to borrow these resources can be found here. Antenna Physics : An Introduction by Robert Zavrel, Jr.Call Number – TK6565 A6 Z38 2020 Antenna Theory : Analysis […]

Local Beacons

K4RCA/B 1296.240 MHz Grid square EM97we (37.19733 N -80.1527 W) Elevation 3800 ft   Located on Poor Mountain behind Roanoke, VA Notes: While not GPS locked, the transmitter frequency is controlled by a high stability ovenized crystal oscillator.  The transmit frequency should be within a few 10’s of Hertz of the specified frequency.  The transmitter […]

Learn About Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)


What is Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)? It’s an open digital radio standard that can be used by amateur radio operators to use digital infrastructure such as the Internet to provide communication. Want to know more? Here are some resources to help you along your learning journey! Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_mobile_radio The best podcasts on the subject to […]