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Hi! My name is
"Elmer". I am a Ham Radio Operator!
I am here to help you with
your interest in Ham Radio!
("Elmer" is a nickname or term used to describe
someone that can answer lots of your Ham Radio related questions
when you are starting out in Ham Radio)
That's not my real picture above, my face
is too ugly to put here!
I have been a "Ham" for a
loooong time and enjoy helping people to get into Ham Radio so
be patient my friend and read this entire page and I hope
I can help you become a Ham too or answer your questions about this
ME JUST ABOUT ANY OLE THING...
I'LL ONLY BITE THE
What is Ham Radio?
How do I get into Ham Radio?
How do I get my first
Ham Radio License?
How does Ham Radio work?
Is there more than
one Ham Radio license?
What can I do
with Ham Radio?
Why is it called "Ham" Radio?
Where do I get
Is the exam Hard? Yes,
(if you don't study)
How much does a Ham License
Do I have to learn Morse
Code? Not since recent rule
These are just some of the
many questions people ask when starting out in Ham Radio and I'm
sure you will have more questions too!
these questions can be answered on other pages on this
If you already have your Technician license and have
page first! It is loaded with information for the new
site, your answer may be here!
Learn more about Ham Radio here then come back to this
Click Here to get more information
on the study
you dont' have your ham license, you will be starting out as a
Technician class Ham Radio Operator after you pass the exam and
due to recent rule changes, you can now use voice on a portion of 10
that answers lots of questions ahead of time!
I ANSWER ALL
DUMB AND STUPID QUESTIONS FIRST,
THEN THE...I AM NOT SURE HOW TO
ASK THIS BUT...
THEN THE...COULD YOU TELL ME HOW
THEN THE... HOW DO
we don't know the answer, we will do our best to point you in the
Please, include the
words "Ham Radio Question" in the
subject section of your email so we can
identify you as a person interested in ham radio and not
another virus infected email!!!!
We get lots of them from
unknown email addresses!
CB radio IS NOT HAM RADIO!
NO CB RADIO
RELATED QUESTIONS... This is Ham Radio, not CB! Find your
answers online....do a search.
If you are a CB'er, and
wanting info about how to get into ham radio....you WILL get
Again....no CB radio related
ask questions such as these...
"Will my antenna operate on 20 meters also?" What is your antenna?
"Will my receiver work
on U. S. Frequencies?" What receiver?
"Where can I get
another microphone?" Search online or local ham
"What is the best antenna for ham radio?"
IT DOES NOT EXIST!
"What is the best ham
radio?" This is a matter of opinion! What are your
"I am a new ham, what bands should I operate on?
Within your license class!
"What is the best
kind of tuner for my station?" Again, an
"Why is my SWR
high?" I am here and you are there...think about
"How do I know if the other stations are hearing
me?" Ask them!
"Why can't I hear the
stations other stations can hear?" Propagation?
"I am not getting any contacts,
can you tell me why?" Give me info!
"My antenna is
no good, can you tell me of a better one?"
Better than what?
"Why am I getting so much
static, I can't hear anyone?" Mother Nature at
her finest? More info
" I just passed my technician
license. However I have never even seen a ham station in operation
and don't know what to buy to set up a basic station. What would you
suggest?" A basic station to
do what? You have lots of options!
BE SPECIFIC WITH YOUR
If you are a licensed Amateur Radio Operator...let
put your call sign in the
email! It helps us get on your level.
Supply us with any or all information we may need
to get you an answer.
Don't make us guess what you are thinking!
Your questions must be clear and to the point. If you don't
understand your question, neither will
Above all, don't ask us to do bench level
repair troubleshooting of amps, (CB related items included),
radios, tuners, etc over the internet. This is impossible, you
are there and we are here. Best left to a local repair shop or the
mfg of the equipment.
have a question about your radio, tuner, antenna, etc, PLEASE make
sure you have read and understand everything in the manual that came
with it! Always contact the mfg first if possible or a local
Don't ask for our opinion, recommendation,
etc for ham radio equipment or antennas....we can only give you
suggestions based on the information you give us pertaining to your
station setup and your goals, the amount of room you have for
antennas, etc. This is strictly your choice and your
Do your research! Get to know
some local hams. Look at reviews
Please don't make us
have to ask.......
"What in the world is this person talking
about? What does he mean?"
It only wastes our time and yours with
a multitude of emails.
We try very hard, but we are
still perfecting the technique of reading between the lines in
emails and we flunked courses in mind reading!
There is a saying in Ham Radio:
"The only thing two hams will agree upon is, the third
guy is wrong."
There are times when there are more than one right
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