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Amateur Radio Educational Materials by AE4RV

HF Propagation Primer

Propagation Primer teaches the basics of HF (short-wave) radio propagation and is easy to understand.  By AE4RV, requires FlashHF Propagation Primer: a simple tutorial on HF (HIGH FREQUENCY or SHORT WAVE) radio propagation. Want to brush up on the basics? Forgot what the D Layer is? Wonder why AM broadcast radio stations come in from so far away at night? Confused about the numbers used in space weather reports? This is for YOU. Requires FLASH plugin, which you probably already have.

FLASH Plugin is small, safe, popular and REQUIRED.


Morse Code (CW)

Virtual Bug

The Virtual Bug is a "toy" that shows how a Vibroplex or "semi-automatic" Morse Code Key (bug) works, by AE4RV, requires Flash.The Virtual Bug is a Flash piece that I developed for visualizing how a Morse Code semiautomatic key works. I never could picture how these things worked until I finally got one. I made a "virtual" bug so that others could see it work, too. Sorry, there is no Vibroplex logo.

FLASH Plugin is small, safe, popular and REQUIRED.

Morse Quiz

Click to download MorseQuiz, a very small Morse Code trainer program for DOS and Windows PCs by AE4RVWhether you are just learning the Code or want to improve your speed, my MorseQuiz software for DOS/Windows PCs will help. It's incredibly small at only 53K...small enough to send over slow packet networks at 1200 BAUD. It's best feature (and the reason I originally wrote it) is it's ability to give random code quizzes AND check your score for you.  It was written on a very old 8088 PC running DOS, but it works fine on newer computers running every version of Windows that I've tested it on, including 95, 98, NT, 2000 and XP. MorseQuiz uses the PC speaker and does not need a sound card.
It's not pretty but it helped me tremendously. Give it a try. - AE4RV (By the way, Morse Code is FUN).

Outside Links: 
A Beginner's Guide to Making CW Contacts
  K3WWP's Ham Radio Activities
  The Art and Skill of Radio-Telegraphy (book, online and in print)


Introduction to Amateur Radio

Here are a few good links to get you going:

Getting started in Ham Radio
Online Practice Tests and Morse Code Practice!
Locate a Club in Your Area
Locate an Exam Session Near You
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