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mikeeusa

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Would like to get into Ham Radio and haven't the foggiest idea on where to start. Equipment first? Any license required? Etc., etc..

 

Just as an aside, when I singed into the forum I did a search for Ham Radio and got nothing. Then while scrolling through the topics section I saw Amateur Radio. Seems like the search engine needs a tuneup?

 

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The search engine here is pretty brain dead and there is no real hope it will get better.

 

The good news is you can use Google with the "site" option to find stuff here quite effectively.

 

These turn up 800 + hits:

 

Copy/paste to search: site:rvnetwork.com ham radio

 

Click to try: https://www.google.com/webhp?q=site%3Arvnetwork.com%20ham%20radio#safe=off&q=site:rvnetwork.com+ham+radio

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The ARRL site can help you locate a radio club near you. Contact them and see if they have a study class and when exams are given.

 

There are three license classes, Technician, General and Extra. ARRL sells study guides for the three classes. The Tech license will get you VHF/UHF, 6m and limited 10m use. The general class will open up the HF or high frequency band which will open up the world.

 

Most hams are eager to be an Elmer (a helper for a new person) so be sure and contact a local club. They can usually help you with some nice used equipment.

 

There are several RV groups with NETS (radio check in and chatting) on the HF bands.

 

73s

Ken

KE5DFR

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The ARRL site can help you locate a radio club near you. Contact them and see if they have a study class and when exams are given.

 

There are three license classes, Technician, General and Extra. ARRL sells study guides for the three classes. The Tech license will get you VHF/UHF, 6m and limited 10m use. The general class will open up the HF or high frequency band which will open up the world.

 

Most hams are eager to be an Elmer (a helper for a new person) so be sure and contact a local club. They can usually help you with some nice used equipment.

 

There are several RV groups with NETS (radio check in and chatting) on the HF bands.

 

73s

Ken

KE5DFR

Yes what Ken said.

Welcome to the forum you can go to e-Ham or ARRL.org to get a lot of useful information.

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