Where is the playground? Did you know in the US amateurs have access to approximately: 3.75 MHz of HF (160m-10m) spectrum 67 MHz of VHF/UHF (6m-33cm) spectrum 24.095 GHz of microwave (23cm-300GHz) spectrum
Phonetic Alphabet It is a fine business to use the international phonetic alphabet! Don’t let other operators think of you as a lid!
RST Signal Report T = TONE 1 -- Sixty cycle a.c. or less, very rough and broad 2 -- Very rough a.c., very harsh and broad 3 -- Rough a.c. tone, rectified but not filtered 4 -- Rough note, some trace of filtering 5 -- Filtered rectified a.c. but strongly ripple-modulated 6 -- Filtered tone, definite trace of ripple modulation 7 -- Near pure tone, trace of ripple modulation 8 -- Near perfect tone, slight trace of modulation 9 -- Perfect tone, no trace of ripple or modulation of any kind R = READABILITY 1 -- Unreadable 2 -- Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable 3 -- Readable with considerable difficulty 4 -- Readable with practically no difficulty 5 -- Perfectly readable S = SIGNAL STRENGTH 1 -- Faint signals, barely perceptible 2 -- Very weak signals 3 -- Weak signals 4 -- Fair signals 5 -- Fairly good signals 6 -- Good signals 7 -- Moderately strong signals 8 -- Strong signals 9 -- Extremely strong signals
Keeping a Log Hams are no longer required to keep a log book – but it is a really good idea to do so! Three main ways to keep a station log: paper, using computer software or keep it in the “cloud” such as LoTW or QRZ.com
Battery Management Use it or lose it! Secondary vs. Primary Do not charge Alkaline Cells! Do no overcharge batteries! Periodically check condition of batteries on standby Power save mode/low TX pwr/Auto Off
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