How-to's and Interviews

PG Jellison

PG is one of our active ham radio operators and works for a local radio station in Portland, Indiana. He is also well known in the area for his interesting interviews and providing local information about what's happening in the ham community in the area. One of the announcements that he typically makes over the Jay County Amateur Tuesday nets is about a telephone number that you can call to find out about how to become a ham operator. This number is a contact number for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). You can subscribe, get questions answered, and all sort of other things during their regular business hours. You can also get 24/7 service at their website ( The phone number is: 1-800-326-3942

On these pages, you'll find assorted information about ham radio, its history, and technology.

Digital Modes

Working on a page here that will explain some of the digital modes available to all license classes. This page is not yet available but will be shortly.

Ken speaks about the history of ham radio and teaches Morse code letters, numbers. . . and a couple of punctuation marks.

Wayne is a wealth of information on Amateur Satellite Radio. Here is an audio interview that took place between PG and Wayne during Swiss Days, 2017 in Berne, Indiana. Audio Only

In a short video, PG gives info on some electronic components through the use of photos and examples.

Rick Wagaman gives us a lesson on how to ferret out foxes for free. Or almost.

This book, originally published in 1917 and updated in 1920, is one of the first comprehensive guides to wireless amateur communications. There has been much speculation on why a ham mentor is referred to as an "Elmer." With that, let's go back to this book by Elmer Bucher, one of the original Elmers.