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Offline Johnderman

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Getting started with HAM
« on: March 13, 2015, 11:08 pm »
Anyone have a good resource on getting started with HAM radio from scratch? Books, online resources, or a forum for it, where members are helpful and not too critical of new people? :)

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Re: Getting started with HAM
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2015, 04:05 pm »
The best way to get started is to buy used equipment from a "swap shop" or "ham fest" which are typically organized by your local Ham radio club in order to learn how the equipment works.  You will then need to study for your Basic Qualification exam.  The RAC website at has more information on what is involved.
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Offline Jorgek

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Re: Getting started with HAM
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2015, 10:08 pm »
There was a time that is was not legal to own an amateur band transmitter if you did not have a valid amateur licence.
I wonder if that has changed?
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Offline kgord

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Re: Getting started with HAM
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2015, 02:32 pm »
Ham radio always seemed like an intersting hobby. I think those that have these hobbies are able to get a different experience than just being online or even short wave radio. It seems like a really good thing to do.