Generally, amateur radio operators can be found operating via Morse code and voice. For those individuals who are new to ham radio and need to know how to operate a ham radio, then this article is for you. I have compiled all of the information you need to start making contacts today.
Check the frequencies. Make sure you are operating on the right frequency and don’t go outside your license requirements. Keep in mind that each of the bands will have different communication possibilities, it all depends on the atmospheric conditions along with what time it is.
Find a clear frequency. When you find a frequency that appears to be clear, you should listen for a couple of minutes and make sure no one is using it. You do not want to interfere with another individuals conversation.
Tune the transmitter into the dummy load. Listen some more.
Now it is time for you to begin your first transmission, ask if the frequency is clear and state your call sign.
Start to call CQ.
While you are transmitting, you may want to watch your antenna performance and monitor your transmitter.
When you have finally got a contact, you will need to exchange your routine information.
You will need to speak naturally, but try to speak more distinctly and don’t talk too fast.
In order to make sure you have continuous contact, you should make your transmission as short as possible.
When turning over the transmission, you should allow a little pause in case you have other parties on the frequency who would like to join in or if someone has an emergency.
Every 10 minutes or sooner, you will need to identify your call sign.
When the conversation is over, you don’t have to draw out your good byes.
Sign off by saying your call sign.
During your first contact, you can expect to be nervous, but after the third or fourth contact you will begin to get the hang of it all.