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.
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.
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
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


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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