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Welcome to my web page. I am glad you have found me here on this side of the rainbow today and I hope you will find your stay here enjoyable. I have tried to organize this part of the  page so that you can easily find those things you are looking for without having a lot of technical jargon slammed at you and confusing you more than you may already be.

This page is intended for those who are new or returning to amateur radio audio. For those who do not want to spend a lot of money or time, but want to sound better than the timid stock sound of their rig.

I will not be presenting you with detailed discussions and analytical justifications on the various aspects of producing great audio. I am not that great a technician myself. No charts or graphs explaining the ins and outs of the electronics theories that produce great audio. This page will just give you a guide to get you up and going in a way I hope that is simple and easy to understand without a great technical audio background.

Over the many years I have been working in Amateur radio audio. I have used several brands of rigs and many types and brands of audio boxes. I have had rigs that would receive and transmit over 6 kHz and rigs that were more conservative. 

Very recently, I bought and built an Elecraft K3 transceiver. I still use my Icom Pro III but mostly as a backup rig now. The K3 gave me many things I have been wanting for a long time. I resisted getting one because I don’t like the small size and I don’t like the stone age mono orange display. But I love the receiver, the versatility of the many ways you can set it up for your particular needs, it goes out to 4K on transmit which gives me more options in EQing. I also liked the idea that I could build it and know where each component is located and feel I could fix the rig myself on a board replacement level which would mean in most cases I would not have to transport the rig to some place to have it fixed if something should fail.

 I have added a description of how I use and set up the K3in the Audio Setup section of this page. Please go there and see my settiings for the K3. I am still very new as a K3 owner so things will change so come back from time to time and please, if you have any  tips I may use please send them to me.  I will continue to list the options for the Icom Pro III as I have no plans to get rid of it.

 Today’s transceivers are a far cry from that they were just a few years ago. Some of us who got into this years ago had rigs that had to be somewhat manhandled to produce anything other than the typical harsh raspy audio you may still hear on the bands, especially on some older rigs with even older hams running them.

Today’s rigs, in many ways thanks to use guys messing with audio, come stock with such things as built in EQs and filtering options that make them sound pretty darn good right out of the box. So the big rack with box after box of expensive audio gear is pretty much not needed anymore, unless of course you have a lot of money and somehow just love the looks of a lot of flashing LEDs

 

This page is NOT about ESSB,  eSSB, or VooDoo. there are other great web pages devoted to those subject. If you want to participate in this types of audio, you will need a rig that is capable of producing a total bandpass of at least something over what an Icom and most other standard rigs will do. NU9N.com has a fine definition of what the EXTENDED modes are.

I DO however, support and encourage the use of some external devices to smooth out and improve the audio of standard rigs. You will see many hints and suggestions on how to achieve these goals. I encourage the use of audio devices such as better microphones, noise gates and limiters, and EQing devices to make your audio as pleasing to others as possible. Without using excessive band width.

I also suggest that, unless all you do is rag chew, you may have more than one setup so that if you like to work DX as I do or contest, you will have a flexible setup so that you can easily switch between a great conversational station to a good DX or contesting audio station. I do not believe there is any universal audio that is optimum in both extremes.

Please review the menu items on the left side of this page. By looking at the topics, you should be able to click and go to the subject you are interested in or are looking for more information on. 

There really are other topics on this web site other than audio and Ham Radio related matter. You can now go to the Welcome page and select those other sections you may want to explorer. Some are just for me and my family but there are other topics that may be of interest to you as well so give them a try.

A bunch of us still meet every week day about 2300Z on or about 14.178 depending on QRM and try to carry on the traditions started by other audiophile hams through the years. We welcome everyone. No matter if you are a beginner with just stock rigs and audio equipment or a seasoned veteran with all kinds of audio equipment.

If you would like to give me feedback or any questions please feel free to email me via my email address found on the callsign look up page. Hams know what that is. Spammers Don't.

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