New Ham Advice

You’ve just passed your test!  Now what?

One of the best things about amateur radio is the “can do” attitude of so many of those who are involved. Every ham was a new ham once–and everyone can learn more. It just takes time and patience.


Below are some things that might be helpful:


Amateur radio can be a springboard to an enormous variety of things to get involved in:

Antenna building Maintenance & Operation Radio repair
Antenna physics Mesh Net Repeaters
Contesting Mobile HF RF design
Awards for Worked All States (WAS), DX Century Club (worked 100 entities–DXCC) Morse Code Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) Hunting
Basic science Neighborhood emergency radio Search and rescue
Boy Scouts on the Air Net control Sherriff assistance
Communicate on different bands (1.25m, 2, 6, 10, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80, 160) OR Defense Force Short wave listening
Community service Pacific Seafarers Net SSTV (Slow Scan TV)
Digital communication Parks on the Air Stand alone repeater
Earth-Moon-Earth (moon bounce) communication Participating in nets Study radio spectrum
Electronics Physics of electronics Summits on the Air
Emergency prep Physics of waves Support running & bike races
Experimenting Portable communication Technology
Family communications Propagation Tube rigs
Fox (or bunny) hunting (direction finding) Public service Volunteer Examiner (VE) testing for new hams
Homebrew transmitters QSL cards Voice communication
Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) Radio astronomy Volunteering in your club
Kit building Radio control Wireless internet communication 802.11
Low Power Transmitting (QRP) Radio in RV