“Getting Started” Links

If you are just getting started in amateur radio, here are a few links that you may find useful.

Getting Started in Ham Radio:  An article about how to get your license and some study options to consider.

I got my license, now what?  An article discussing the “next steps” after licensing for the beginner.

Getting Started on 2m FM: (video)  Randy K7AGE has some tips for getting on the 2-meter band with your new HT radio.

Introduction to Repeaters:  If you’re ready to try a call on a local repeater, read this article to understand better the procedures and how FM repeaters work.

Getting Started on Repeaters:  (video)  Randy K7AGE helps you understand how to program your HT with a repeater channel to make getting on FM repeaters a breeze!

Hey, Why can’t I access the repeater?  This article helps identify some common problems you might have when trying to set up for repeater operations with your new radio.

UHF/VHF Antennas for your Home:  If you’re establishing a home station, check out these ideas for simple and covert home station antennas.

What Frequency Do I Use on 2-meters?  Bob KØNR summarizes the 2m band plan and how to select frequencies for use without interfering with others.

What Frequency Do I Use on 70 Centimeters?  Bob does it again for the 70cm band plan!

Loads of Modes:  An introductory overview of the various modes of communication common in ham radio. Disentangles the jargon to help you understand the variety of mode-band combinations.


If you’ve been around the block a bit and you’re upgrading to General Class license, you may enjoy these links that explain more advanced concepts for beginners.

The Difference with HF:  The upgrade to General Class takes you a big step into HF operations and single sideband mode. This article sums up some of the new way of thinking and operating you’ll have with HF.

Understanding Single Sideband:  An introduction, with tutorial video, to single sideband mode and operations.

Your First Dipole Antenna:  Bob KØNR provides some insight and advice about that first wire dipole you may use for HF bands.

Antennas… How many do I need?  A practical “getting started” discussion on selecting antenna types for your station to cover HF to UHF bands.

Trimming Your Dipole Antenna:  The most common antenna for the new General Class licensee is the wire dipole. See how to tune it up!

An Introduction to Digital Signal Processing:  Learn the basics of DSP and what it can do for your receiver, then check out Julien’s video below!

Digital Signal Processing:  (video)  Julien Frost N3JF explains the DSP with an Icom HF transceiver.

Going Mobile:  A two-part series about installing a mobile station in your automobile.
[Video of this mobile station in operation during CQ Worldwide DX Contest, Oct 2014.]