Article Category: a. The Basics

The Basics

These articles provide ham radio basics about operations, Technician license knowledge requirements, and other fundamentals of ham radio. . . . . . . .

Beginners, start with these articles:  How to Get Your Ham Radio License and Getting a Ham License – A detailed look  Then, try other articles here “a’ la carte” as you learn with our Technician License Course book.

Station Equipment and Setup
Hey, Which Coaxial Cable Should I Use?
T0A06 Electrical Shock Protection
T0B05 Gin Poles
T4B05 Ignition Interference
What’s That Connector on My HT?
T0C04 RF Exposure
Your First Dipole Antenna
Rules & Regs
Peculiar Pecuniary Interest
Station Control Responsibility
T0C03 RF Exposure Evaluation Requirement
T1F06 Self-assigned Call Indicators
T1A06 Interference in 70cm Band
T1E04 Transmitting Privileges
T1A03 Governing of the Amateur Radio Service
On-air Operating
Five Common Mistakes New Hams Make
T2C03 Phonetic Alphabet
Single Sideband Above 50 MHz
T7A04 Receiver Signal Discrimination
T7A09 VHF Multi-mode Transceiver
Is Alaska a Country?
Practical Signal Reports
T1F09++ Repeater Questions
T2A01 Repeater Offsets
Phonetic Alphabets
What Frequency Do I Use on 2-meters?
Band Plans Matter!
Knowledge Bits
List of Ham Radio Terms (PDF file)
What the Heck in UHF Anyway?
Get the Right Signal Tone
Simplex, Duplex, Offset, Split
A Simple View of Resonance
T7B09 Part 15 Devices
T7D06 Using a Multimeter
Those Pesky Decibels!
T7B03 Radio Frequency Interference
T3C04 Propagation Types
T3A04 Polarization
T5B03 Math Prefixes
Loads of Modes
T3B11 Speed of RF Propagation
HF/VHF/UHF Spectrum Limits
Exam Figure T1 Electronic Components
Dissecting Your Technician Exam 
Get Your Ham Radio License!
I Got My License… Now What?
A Chat with the Goat Hiker, WGØAT!
Amateur Radio is Not for Talking
Ten Uses for a Multimeter