Amateur Radio 102: Basic Usage

This is how we operate

Welcome back to the shack! Last time, in Amateur Radio 101, we covered some of the basics of what amateur radio is all about, and what you can do with it. Today, we’re going to get down to the details of how to get on the air and make your first conversations.

We’ll be talking about VHF simplex, how to use repeaters, and of course the rules of legal and courteous operation. Read on to learn some cool stuff! Continue reading “Amateur Radio 102: Basic Usage”

Amateur Radio 101: What, Why, and How

Or, why you should get a ‘ham radio’ license.

[Update 2/18/16 – Part two of the series is now available here: Amateur Radio 102: Basic Usage]

What is Amateur Radio?

First, the definition from the great and all-knowing Wikipedia:

Amateur radio (also called ham radio) describes the use of radio frequency spectra for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation and emergency communication. The term “amateur” is used to specify “a duly authorised person interested in radioelectric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;”[1] (either direct monetary or other similar reward) and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).

That’s really sounds quite complicated, doesn’t it? Forget all that for now and read on. I’m going to break it down, start simple, and walk through what you really need to know about ham radio. Continue reading “Amateur Radio 101: What, Why, and How”