One of the early decisions you will make in ham radio is “Which radio should I start with?” While Jim – N4BFR won’t tell you exactly the one to pick, he will give you the things to think about when making your choice.
Getting your radio communicating through a repeater, no matter if it’s a handheld or mobile, means knowing 3 key things to make it work. Jim, N4BFR, reviews the basics.
RepeaterBook.com is a good place to search for local repeaters with their tones and offsets.
Every hobby seems to have it’s quirky language you want to know, like horsepower for cars or treble stitch for crochet or AMOE if you are a sweepstaker. Amateur Radio is no exception and many of these date back to morse code days. In this video, Jim takes you through a few of the ones you will encounter.
If you do any ham radio activities via HF (High Frequency) or Satellite, you are probably going to want to have a record of who you talked with and when. A log is just the thing to do that.
The paper log example can be found at: https://hamwaves.com/
QSL cards have been long associated with HF but you’ll find them popular among satellite users and other groups where you want to confirm contacts. Jim takes a look at the key things you’ll find on a QSL card.
For more info on QSL Cards try this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QSL_card
I have been happy with cards from https://www.kb3ifhqslcards.com/
Anderson Power Poles are now widely used to connect radios to batteries and power supplies. Watch the video for the basics on getting started with Power Poles.
For a spec sheet on Anderson Power Poles visit: https://www.andersonpower.com/us/en/resources/PowerPoleResourcesPage.html