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Study & Operations Resources
This page is geared towards new and prospective hams, but there are also items here that may interest seasoned operators as well.
License Study Tools
The latest edition of the ARRL's Ham Radio Licence Manual, which contains a lot of good information on the hobby and includes the entire Technician class question and answers pool. >>>available here
Practice exams and more are available at the AA9PW.COM website.
Ready to TEST? Check out these on-line exam sites: hamradioprep.com on-line exams
Hints & Tips
- When calling another station, end with your call sign. For example, I am N1EP. If I want to call Steve W1DTX on the local repeater, I will key the microphone and say "W1DTX N1EP" or "W1DTX this is N1EP. I often hear new hams do the opposite on the 2 meter band.
- Start simple and learn the ropes as you go. Build your own VHF/UHF/HF antennas. There are many Youtube videos on how to build simple dipole antennas for HF or 2-meter jpoles, etc. It is fun and a valuable emergency communications skill.
- Morse Code is no longer required in order to earn your license. However, if you take the time to learn the code, it opens up many great opportunities. You can build your own simple CW transceivers for next to nothing and be able to talk with people hundreds of miles away, and even across the globe! And kit building is fun and a great skill to own.
- The most important part of any ham radio station is the ANTENNA system, no doubt about it! This includes the transmission line. Good quality coax or ladderline, and efficient antenna will ensure you hear a lot and others can hear you!
- Join a local ham radio club. Most clubs have members willing to be elmers, or mentors. They can answer questions and help in other ways. When you are just starting out, having an experienced ham's advice and assistance is invaluable.