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Amateur radio beginner and general articles

 

1. What people do with amateur radio

 

2. Getting involved

Amateur radio is a non-commercial technological activity enjoyed by people in their spare time. It has many diverse facets, as shown in the video. Activity in most countries is supported by a national organisation and a network of regional and interest-based clubs.

Most facets require access to radio frequencies that governments worldwide have allocated for amateur use. In return amateur applicants must pass a test, obtain a government-recognised callsign, and (in some countries) pay a small annual licence fee. These arrangements exist so that amateurs are qualified enough not to cause interference to other radio users such as broadcasting, emergency services and defence.

If you like what you saw and wish to get involved there are many sources of further information. Your national society's website is a good starting point. This will have information and links to activities, rules, radio clubs and getting licenced. Our activities are much the same worldwide but rules and processes differ slightly between countries so it's important to read nationally-relevant material, eg the following:

American Radio Relay League Deutschen Amateur-Radio-Club

Japan Amateur Radio League New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters

Organisation Amatir Radio Indonesia Radio Amateurs Canada

Reseau des Emetteurs Francais Radio Society of Great Britain

South Africa Radio League Wireless Institute of Australia

 

3. Equipment

Please see Equipment and equipment reviews

 

4. Operating

Foundation guide to frequencies and getting contacts

An HF primer - Part 1 An HF primer - Part 2

A VHF/UHF primer

Voice repeater basics

Why VHF/UHF SSB?

First contacts (for the Foundation licence in Australia)

HF portable the simple way

The importance of finding low noise locations to operate from

Transmitting on 160 metres

Ten metres for the newcomer

Making the most of Sunspot Cycle 24 (and 25, 26, 27 etc)

Radio contesting

Amateur radio direction finding

Exploring WSPR (Weak Signal Propagation Reporter)

Ham Babble - making sense of what's said on the bands

 

5. Technical

Homebrewing for the novice

Amateur radio projects

A guide to radio test equipment

Amateur radio's 'hidden curriculum'

Radio hints and tips

Exploring rechargeable batteries

 

6. External resources

Australian amateur radio FAQ

Amateur Radio: A 21st century hobby (video)

Foundations of Amateur Radio (podcast)

Radio & Electronics School

Wireless Institute of Australia

Australian Communications Management Authority

Books by VK3YE

 

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