ARRL The Doctor is In

By Steve Ford and Joel Hallas

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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.

Episode Date
ARRL's The Doctor is In
<p>Summertime is vacation time, and the Doctor offers advice on bringing Amateur Radio along for the ride.</p>
Jun 21, 2018
Field Day Antennas
<p>The Doctor offers advice about antenna options for the upcoming ARRL Field Day.</p>
Jun 07, 2018
Coping with Poor HF Conditions
<p>While some amateurs may complain about lousy HF propagation conditions, the Doctor explains that the truth is a bit more nuanced.</p>
May 24, 2018
RF Loss
<p>Between the radio and the antenna, there are a number of "opportunities" to lose your precious RF energy. The Doctor explains!</p>
May 10, 2018
Kits and Kit Building
<p>Amateur Radio kits are not only still popular, they are highly rewarding. The Doctor offers his tips for kit buying and building.</p>
Apr 26, 2018
<p>Amateurs tend to take microphones for granted, but the right microphone can make a huge difference in how you sound on the air, and how well you are understood.</p>
Apr 12, 2018
<p>Receiving every signal is not always a good thing -- especially when you receive them all at once! The Doctor describes why proper filtering is important.</p>
Mar 29, 2018
<p>The Doctor answers listener questions. Send yours to</p>
Mar 15, 2018
Adding an Amplifier to your Station
<p>Adding an amp is not as straightforward as it sounds. There is much to consider, including AC power.</p>
Mar 01, 2018
Vacuum Tubes
<p>These classic devices are not as common as they used to be, but they are far from extinct.</p>
Feb 15, 2018
Automatic Gain Control
<p>This little-discussed receiver feature preserves your sanity, and so much more!</p>
Feb 01, 2018
Antenna Wire
<p>Is just any type of wire suitable for an antenna? The Doctor explains the options.</p>
Jan 18, 2018
Keeping Cool
<p>Your equipment should be in the "Goldilocks" zone: Not too hot, but also not too cold.</p>
Jan 04, 2018
Handheld Transceiver Antennas
<p>Most handheld transceivers come equipped with so-called "rubber duck" antennas. They aren't very efficient antennas, but do they really need to be efficient to be useful?</p>
Dec 21, 2017
Listener Mailbag
<p>We devote the entire episode to answering listener questions!</p>
Dec 07, 2017
Coaxial Cable vs Balanced Lines
<p>Which is really better? Coaxial cable or one of the varieties of balanced feed lines such as "window line?" The answer isn't as clear cut as you may think.</p>
Nov 23, 2017
NVIS: Near Vertical Incidence Skywave
<p>Sometimes the best direction to send your signal is straight up!</p> <p> </p>
Nov 09, 2017
<p>Discover the joys of operating with VERY low power.</p>
Oct 26, 2017
Dirty Transmitters
<p>Cleaning up a transmitter is important, and it requires more than a little soap!</p>
Oct 12, 2017
Soldering and Unsoldering
The Doctor's tips for success when working with molten metal, otherwise known as the art of soldering. It also helps to know the art of unsoldering, when things do not go as planned.
Sep 28, 2017