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