Amateur radios are getting famous these days. Many people have started using amateur radios, some out of interest, and some as an emergency communication device. But most of these people have little or no prior knowledge about amateur radios. So what should be our advice to them? Let’s create a quick handbook for them.
Any new Amateur Radio user should get a license before procuring the radio. There are three levels of licenses, namely, Technician, General, and Extra (advanced).
An entry-level license for amateur radio users is termed as ‘Technician.’ As a Radio Operator of Technician class, you can use Very High Frequency and Ultra High-Frequency radio equipment and repeaters.
A general license permits you to use lower frequency, longer wavelength, and High-Frequency bands, which are better for long distances.
An introduction to the equipment
All Amateur Radios require transceiver, antenna, and, most importantly, power supply. Here we’ll be discussing the above-listed equipment in details:
It is a combination of the transmitter and the receiver. The price of this product depends on the amount of wattage you require for broadcasting. More wattage is considered better, especially in survival situations.
It powers the transceiver. Don’t forget to check if the power generator is compatible with your receiver or not? More power than required will blow the fuse of the transceiver, and less power will result in the ill-functioning of the transceiver.
An antenna helps in the transmission of signals. The price range of the product depends on how much transmission distance you want. But make sure to adhere to local laws.
Tuner connects the transceiver and the antenna. It makes sure that they are properly using the power.
Microphone helps you to record the message you want to transmit. The price range of this product depends on the audio quality it provides. People usually communicate with the help of Morse codes.
A cable is required to connect the various parts of the Amateur Radio.
Common mistakes made by new users
Most Amateur Radios have a lot of features. But these features add complexities to the functioning of the radio. So you should make sure that your radio is programmed to function only for Very High frequency and Ultra High-frequency transmission.
The perfect way to speak on a microphone is by keeping it a few inches away. Any new radio user should take care of this. It should also be kept in mind that your handheld transceiver cannot connect to every repeater in your state. Unlike mobile phones, amateur radios do not have a dense spread of network.
Last but not least, most amateur radio users, after getting licensed, forget to use the radios. The reason behind this is that they only want to use the radio for survival purposes. But if you are not familiar with your amateur radio, how will you use it on the day of disaster?
To sum it up
More and more people have started using amateur radios for various reasons. But they need guidance and knowledge for going further with the radio usage. Simple advice to them about the equipment and legalities of the matter can help them a lot. So, go ahead and share your insights about the amateur radios that you have learned today.