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HAM Radio Basics- HAM 101


Lot’s of you stand on the fringes, intimidated by HAM, or amateur, radio. While there IS much to learn, this video is the start of a series that will answer all of your questions and get YOU licensed and on the air. Stay tuned, as we will go through all the examples and MORE in this series.

Links mentioned in this video-
The Baofeng UV-5R and a $15 license is all it takes to get started. Check out our article on how to get your HAM radio license in 7 days.  This ARRL HAM Radio License Manual is also a good resource.

A solar backup is a great way to ensure you always have communications, check out our solar series on how to do this here.

Mobile Radios are a great way to communicate locally (mounted in a fixed location). In the video, I talked about Cross-Band Repeat using the Kenwood TM-V71A and showed you the Comet GP-3 antenna. For fixed locations, you will also need a power supply.

When we work on big systems like this, we like to partner with a best in class vendor. In the case of HAM radio equipment, we work with GigaParts.  I’d like to be, but no, I am not sponsored by them.

HF Communications lets you talk to the world. In this video you saw the Icom IC-7200..in Multicam of course.  Although you can save a quite few bucks and get it in black.
You will also need an antenna tuner, power supply, and an antenna.

CHECK OUT PART 2 of the series- Getting Your HAM License

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