New Hams – getting started

New Hams
by N6XN

If you are a new Ham you are probably wondering “Where do I go from here?”  Not surprisingly, Amateur Radio encompasses a vast array of things to do, and ways to do them.  Nearly everyone who starts out with the Technician Class license begins with VHF/UHF repeater operation.  There’s lots to do there and some stay there forever.  But FM radio represents only a tiny fraction of what’s available.
Let’s start with operating on repeaters.  Here is a Link to a great page written by  Dave Schultheis WB6KHP of San Jose. Lots of information here to get you started. http://www.accesscom.com/~dave6592/usertips.html
A couple of other helpful links are The ARRL web site, where you can find information on operating, defining different modes, band plans and much more.  http://ARRL.org
Another helpful site is like a giant surplus store; it’s got everything you could possibly want but it’s really disorganized.  You can spend lots of time here, but if it’s information you want go to  http://www.ac6v.com/
If you still have questions that you can’t find answers to, or if you need local information, drop me an email. If I can’t answer your question I know a couple of really smart guys who probably can.
Things you can do
Echolink – VOIP for Ham Radio
Dstar digital radio
Upgrading your license and HF operation
Building a good basic antenna
For more information on these subjects refer to older posts on this site

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About n6xn

It all started in 1968 at a small 100 Watt radio station in Napa California. Looks like I finally got my priorities straight: the career is on the back burner and the K3 is getting some air time.
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