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
Dummy Loads
<p>They may be ultra-simple devices, but dummy loads can be valuable tools for testing and more.</p>
Aug 16, 2018
Antenna Rotators
<p>If you need to spin your antenna, chances are you'll need a rotator. The Doctor offers valuable advice about these mechanical marvels.</p>
Aug 02, 2018
ARRL's The Doctor is In - Zero Beating
<p>The Doctor explains "zero beating." It isn't just about CW.</p>
Jul 19, 2018
ARRL's The Doctor is In
<p>The Doctor dips into the mail bag . . .</p>
Jul 05, 2018
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