1 I have just received my license or upgrade. Where do I go from Here? Radio(s)? Bands? Activities? Nets? Where do I get help? Jack Tiley AD7FO Spokane WA REV 2.0
2 I have Just received my technician license, now what Radios? Hand held Base/Mobile Antennas? Home Vehicle Power supplies? Help/Mentors/Clubs?
3 You Just Passed Your Technician License Exam You can not transmit until you license appears on the FCC Universal License System web page. Decide if you want a handheld radio, Base station or mobile radio. Simplest and least expensive is a hand held radio A mobile radio can be mounted in a vehicle or operated at home as a base station. Do not buy used unless you have an experienced operator help you find a good one.
4 Choosing a Handheld Most hand held radios have a 4 to 7 watt output. They are available in single band or dual band (2 meter and 70 cm) versions They usually come with rechargeable battery packs, charger and antenna. They can be simple or have options like built in GPS (Global Positioning System)and APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System).
5 Choosing a Handheld (continued) The simplest and least expensive radio the BaoFeng UV 5RV2+. Dual Band (2 meter and 70 cm) Five watt output Can operate outside the amateur bands so use caution when entering frequencies. Comes with rechargeable battery, drop in charger and antenna. Can be programed from a computer (programing cable not supplied). Cost $38 or less on line shipped from China and US distributors.
6 Choosing a Handheld (continued) Another in expensive radio is the BaoFeng BF F8HP Dual Band (2 meter and 70 cm) Eight watt output Selectable 1,4 or 8 Watts) Can operate outside the amateur bands so use caution when entering frequencies. Comes with rechargeable battery, drop in charger and antenna. Can be programed from a computer (programing cable not supplied). Cost $80 on line from many sellers and shipped from China and US distributors.
7 Choosing a Handheld (continued) A better radio is the Yaesu FT60R Dual Band (2 meter and 70 cm). Five watt output. Easier to manually program. Comes with rechargeable battery, charger and antenna. Can be programed from a computer (programing cable not supplied). Rugged construction. Cost $150 on line from Ham Radio Outlet.
8 Choosing a Handheld (continued) A more featured radio is the Kenwood TH D72 Dual Band (2 meter and 70 cm). Five watt output. Integrated GPS and APRS. Easy to manually program. Comes with rechargeable battery, charger and antenna. Can be programed from a computer. (programing cable not supplied) Cost $450 on line from Ham Radio Outlet.
9 Useful Hand Held Accessories Speaker Microphone Around $40 Alkaline battery holder Around $35 Gain Antenna Around $19
10 A Mobile or Base Station You will need a single or dual band transceiver. You will need and external antenna. You will need coaxial cable to connect the antenna to the radio. You will need a 12 volt 12 amp power supply to power the radio (or a battery).
11 Base or Mobile Radios (Single Band) Yaesu FT 1900R Two meter only. Fifty Five watt output. Includes Microphone and power leads. Easy to manually program. Can be programed from a computer (programing cable not supplied). Requires external 12 volt power supply or 12 volt battery. Rugged construction. Cost $130 on line from Ham Radio Outlet.
12 Base or Mobile Radios (Single Band) Kenwood TM 281A Two meter only. Sixty Five watt output. Includes Microphone and power leads. Can be programed from a computer with optional programing cable. Programing software free on the web. Requires external 12 volt power supply or 12 volt battery. Cost $135 from HRO
13 Base or Mobile Radios (Single Band) Icom 2300H Two meter only. Sixty Five watt output. Includes Microphone and power leads. Can be programed from a computer with optional programing cable and Software. Rugged Construction. Requires external 12 volt power supply or 12 volt battery. Cost $ 170 from HRO (does not include mounting bracket)
14 Base or Mobile Radios (Dual Band) Kenwood TM VMV71A Simultaneous two Meter and 70 cm receive dual band frequency displays. Fifty watt output. Includes Microphone and power leads. Can be programed from a computer with optional programing cable and Software. Can be configured for cross band repeat. Requires external 12 volt power supply or 12 volt battery. Built in Echo Link. Cost $345 from HRO
15 Base or Mobile Radios (Dual Band) Icom IC 2730 Simultaneous two Meter and 70 cm receive dual band frequency displays. Fifty watt output. Includes Microphone and power leads. Does not include mobile mounting bracket. Can be programed from a computer with optional programing cable and Software. Can be configured for cross band repeat. Requires external 12 volt power supply or 12 volt battery. Cost $315 from HRO (does not include
16 Base or Mobile Radios (Dual Band) Yaesu FT / 50 / 144 / 430 MHz Quad Band FM Fifty watt output (35 W UHF). Includes Microphone and power leads. Can be programed from a computer with optional programing cable and Software. Can be configured for cross band repeat. Requires external 12 volt power supply or 12 volt battery. supply or 12 volt battery. Cost $330 from HRO
17 Base Station Power Supplies Astron RS12A $ 110 Astron SL15R 12 volt $ amp Power supply Alinco DM 330MVT $ volt 30 Amp PS MFJ volt $ amp Switching Power Supply
18 Base Station Antennas Arrow Antenna 2M/440 $ 48 Base Antenna Comet NCG CX 333 $ 170 2M/220/440 Base Antenna MFJ M/440 Base $140 Antenna
19 Now It Is time To Get On The AIR There are many local amateur radio operators (referred to as Elmer s) out there to help: To assist you in selecting the right radio, antenna and power supply. To assist you in assembling your station. Answer your questions. Help you make your first contact.
20 Now It Is time To Get On The AIR Look for local nets that you can check into: The 7:30 Bunch net every weekday morning on the repeater, KHz offset, 100 Hz tone The ARES/RACES net every Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM on the , repeater KHz offset, 100 Hz tone. The VHF Club net every Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM on the repeater, 600 KHz offset, 123 HZ tone.
21 Now It Is time To Get On The AIR KABARA (Kamiak Butte Amateur Repeater Association) has the following nets: 7:00 am NW regional/international net weekdays Wednesday Evening net 7:00 pm Thursday : 6:30PM Whitman/Latah County ARES Net Saturday 7:00AM Stanley Steamer Net Sunday 7:00AM Road Runners' Net Check the KABARA web page for more information and frequencies.
22 Now It Is time To Get On The AIR Try tuning into these nets and becoming familiar with their operation. Join in the nets, they are always happy to have new participants. Don t worry about making mistakes on the air all the nets will gladly help you.
23 Attend Local Club Meetings Inland Empire VHF club meets the second Thursday of the month (except July and August) at the Spokane Community College (Check web site for building and room number) starting at 6:30 pm. Spokane County ARES/RACES meets the third Thursday of the month at the Fire Training Center at 1618 North Rebecca Street. Spokane, WA
24 Attend Local Club Meetings Kootenai Amateur Radio Society (KARS) Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each 7:00 pm except in June and December at the Kootenai County Sheriff Volunteer Search and Rescue building in Hayden ID located at N. Ramsey near the Coeur d'alene airport. More information at
25 Congratulations On Your Promotion To General Now that you have passed the General license exam you can experience more Amateur Radio fun and start talking around the world.
26 Now You're a General You now have phone privileges on the HF Bands. You will need a new radio for the HF bands. You need a higher current power supply for your 100 watt radio (most HF Radios are 100 watt) requiring 12 Volts at approximately 22 amperes. You will need a new antenna(s). You may need an antenna tuner.
27 Choosing HF Radios Your Budget Radios start at $ 600. Base or mobile operation? Which Bands will you operate? Type of communication? Phone (voice) Filters, DSP? Many modern transceivers have built in DSP. Digital or CW operation Do you want optional CW Filters?
28 Choosing HF Radios Built in antenna tuner or external antenna tuner? Built in tuners have limited range but are convenient. External tuner (manual or automatic) have a wider VSWR range.
29 Entry Level Radios for HF Alinco DX SR8T $550 Coverage of All short wave and HF amateur bands Covers the 160m to 10m amateur in SSB, CW, AM and FM modes. Output power is 100W SSB/CW and FM, 40W in AM with low power settings for QRP operation. General coverage receiver covers 135KHz to 30MHz in all modes. Detachable front control panel.
30 Entry Level Radios for HF (continued) Alinco DX SR8T Direct DATA entry via the key pads or tuning knob Reject unwanted signals with the IF shift. Choose a narrow filter, a noise blanker or use RIT/TXIT to stay out of QRM. An electronic keyer unit is standard for CW, Semi or Auto break in, split, narrow filter, AGC and RF gain. A dynamic microphone and a speech compressor come standard for sharp, clear and powerful transmit audio.
31 Entry Level Radios for HF Icom IC 718 $600 Coverage of All short wave and HF amateur bands Covers the 160m to 10m. Output power is 100W SSB, and CW, 40W in AM General coverage receiver covers 500KHz to 30MHz in all modes. Front mounted speaker. Minimum number of controls for easy operation.
32 Entry Level Radios for HF (continued) Icom 718 $670 Adjustable level noise blanker. A double conversion system to help minimize image and spurious responses. Optional built in DSP. Noise reduction, pull desired AF signals from noise. IF Shift Function. Microphone speech compressor. Built in VOX.
33 Entry Level Radios for HF (continued) Yaesu FT 450D $850 Coverage of All short wave and HF amateur bands Covers the 160m to 6m amateur bands in SSB, CW, AM and FM modes. Output power is 100W SSB/CW and FM, 40W in AM Comes with an Automatic Antenna Tuner Illuminated Key Buttons Main Dial and Knobs give "Big Radio" feel. 400 MHz built-in fast and robust IF DSP. 10 khz bandwidth Roofing Filter in the MHz 1st IF. Adjustable IF Width and IF Shift Contour filtering system
34 Entry Level Radios for HF Yaesu FT 450D $850 IF Notch filter allows you to eliminate interfering beat note or carrier signals from inside the receiver passband. The Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), utilizes mathematical algorithms to analyze and suppress noise Manual Notch Filter to reduce interfering beat tone/signal. Digital Voice Recorder to Record and playback up to 20 seconds of audio. Internal built-in 300Hz, 500Hz and 2.4kHz CW IF Filters. Built-In Electronic Keyer
36 HF Radio Power Supplies Alinco DM 33OMVT $160 MFJ 4225MV $90 Astron SS30M $149
37 HF Radio Antennas Wire antennas are the simplest and least expensive for base stations. They can be single or multiband They are long (1/2 wavelength) on lowest band If built properly do not need an antenna tuner Require trees, buildings or poles to string between. Should be ¼wave above the ground
38 All Bands meters, + 30, 17, 12 m HF Wire Antennas The Carolina Windom $ to 6 Meters The G5RV $ to 6 meters
39 HF Wire Antennas (continued) Alpha Delta DX 20 (20 Meter dipole) $60 Available for most bands Home Built Simple dipoles can be built for low cost
40 HF Mobile Antennas Single band Ham Sticks around $ 30 Multiband Screwdriver antennas $400 (note) Both antennas require a base for mounting
41 HF Field Antennas Budi Pole $200 $400
42 HF Base Antennas Cushcraft R9 $700 Hy Gain TH 3JRS $324
43 Now You Have Passed the Extra Exam You passed the most difficult license test with 50 questions from a 700+ question pool. You have learned a lot on many subjects related to amateur radio. You will be able to help other hams through your knowledge. Just because you passed the exam you will still have a lot to learn.
44 Now You Have Passed the Extra Exam You passed the most difficult license test with 50 questions from a 700+ question pool. You have learned a lot on many subjects related to amateur radio. You will be able to help other hams through your knowledge. Just because you passed the exam you will still have a lot to learn.
45 Now You Have Passed the Extra Exam The Extra license gives you prestige and access to a extra portions of the bands. Extra gives you twice as much of the 80M band and a more modest gain on 40, 20, and 15M. If the bands are crowded, the extra class sections will be less so. This could be an advantage in a contest. Extra License is also required to be a Volunteer Examiner for all license classes.
46 As an Extra You Do Not Need Additional Equipment The station you have for HF communication for you general privileges will be all you need to operate in the extra band segments.
47 Use Your New Knowledge Become Volunteer Examiner (VE) and assist in conducting license test sessions. Be an Elmer and help others in the hobby. Become an ARRL registered instructor and Teach a Technician or General license class. Become an ARRL Technical Specialist and help other hams in your area.
48 Use Your New Knowledge Present training for your local amateur radio club and help promote interest in the hobby. There are many short amateur radio presentations available from ARRL and on the web that you can use. Develop your own training on an aspect of amateur radio your are passionate about.
49 It Is Time To Enjoy The Hobby Whatever Your License Class
50 Ham Radio Dealers Radios/Antennas/Power supplies: Ham Radio Outlet DX Engineering Austin Amateur radio Supply CheapHam.com Ham Station Giga Parts Antennas Arrow Antenna Radio Works
51 Ham Radio Dealers (continued) Miscanelous (Coax Cables, Connectors, etc) DC Power LLC (power pole connectors) Wired Communications Powerwerx The Wireman Electronic Parts: Digikey Allied Radio Jameco Electronics Mouser Electronics
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