Saturday, April 8, 2017

Picking Your First Ham Radio

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 What an awesome task it is picking out your first Ham Radio. It can be a real challenge and will take some time, thought and reading. The first concern is obviously what is my budget, in other words honey how much can I spend on a new Ham Radio. The second part of your task is what are Ham Radios are there to pick from. Finally do I go with a used ham radio or do I go with a new ham radio.
 Well what I did was to determine my budget and check out websites like universal radio. This way I could get an idea as to what brands were and how much they cost. There are many excellent Ham Radio Websites to choose from, so be prepared to take some time. There are many excellent deals on amazon in the new category of Ham Radios. Just make sure to read the reviews and see what previous thought about a particular ham radio you may be interested in. I chose my Kenwood TS-2000, because it had excellent reviews, it fit my budget and it covers all the Ham Bands. That way I could listen to various ham bands before I had my General Ham Radio License.
 Now the next road to travel down would be the used ham radio plan. Here you will find the good, the bad and the ugly. In other words when buying a used ham radio, be prepared to read the reviews about the seller. This way you don't get stuck with a boat anchor. The best source of used ham radios is on ebay. There are tons of awesome deals and you may find a fairly new ham radio with lots of bells and whistles.
 One of the ways to go is to pick a ham radio that is what I call a starter Ham Radio. Some of the manufacturers like Icom and Alinco as well as many others. There are some ham radios that are lower cost like TYT and others in the 2 meter mobile ham radio category. In fact a mobile ham radio can be set up as your base ham radio until you can afford one of the big ham radios. You can find these on amazon and ebay for some pretty good prices.
 What ever ham radio you pick out, just make sure you enjoy it.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

3 Ham Antennas You Can Start Homebrewing For Spring

 I have 3 Ham Antennas I am planning for this Spring. They would be the Moxon, Quad and Yagi Ham Antenna. The question is what material should I make them out of. Well my decision is electrical pvc conduit pipe for 2 meter or 6 meter Ham Antennas. I have seen a 20 meter Ham Antenna built out of pvc and fiberglass spreaders that were electrical farm posts. Some of my plans include using the fiberglass driveway markers, because they are not too heavy and fairly strong, but mostly cheap.
 Now for larger ham radio antennas I would probably go with aluminum tubing. Be aware that as you go larger the more aluminum tubing you will need and the more costly the antenna will become. Moxon Ham Antennas can be made out of a variety of products. For example the spreaders can be made from crappie fishing antennas and maybe some aluminum square tubing. The connectors can be the square block saddle clamps that can be purchased from dx engineering. Another important fact to remember is the higher the frequency, the bigger the antenna will be. So plan your homebrew ham antennas wisely, poor choices spell disaster.
 Two other items to consider are what are you mounting this beast on and what will you turn it with. Small arrays for 6 meter and two meter can be easily turned with a small rotor. If you are building something say in the 20, 40 or 80 meter band, you will need a heavy duty ham antenna rotor. My advise is search on the internet and through youtube. This way you can get all kinds of ideas to implement into your ham antenna homebrew project for this spring.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

3 Ham Radio Licenses To Be Able To Transmit Legally

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 You can buy a Ham Radio and listen without a ham radio license. If however you want to transmit on a given band or frequency you will need the proper ham radio license. There are many websites on the internet where you can download study material or download a program to study from. I myself had some older books and also used the material off the internet to do my studying. My honest advise is to purchase the books and the cd program for your computer. If you can go to one of the ham radio classes in your area I would advise that also.
 There are 3 Ham Radio Licenses that you will need to transmit on various bands. I will list them below.
  1. The Technician 
  2. The General
  3. The Extra
 You may find that most Hams only go up to the General License as it provides the opportunity to transmit on most of the high frequency bands such as the 20 meter, 40 meter, 80 meter and 160 meter bands. There are portions that you can not transmit on only if you have the Extra Ham License. I myself have the Technician and the General Licenses. I am thinking about spending the time and going for the Extra Ham Radio License.
 Never try to transmit on any Ham Radio Band without a the proper license. If you do and get caught you could face a nasty fine from the FCC. Si it is best to get the license and enjoy the Ham Radio Hobby. You will be amazed at what a simple basic ham radio and a wire dipole antenna can do. Below are some places at Amazon where you can purchase the proper study material.

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