Ham Radio 101
Or: "Getting started in Ham Radio"
Video: "Ham Radio - Ancestor of the Internet"
(People you can contact when you need help with Ham Radio)
There are many local nets in and around the Rochester, NY area. The nets are always looking for new check-ins so give it a try.
Internet radio is a great way for new hams to reach other states and countries beyond the local 2M VHF range. It is also handy to use when the HF bands are not cooperating. All you need is a Technician license to use some of the programs noted below.
If you get tired of your current call sign and feel the need to change then the two web sites below are good places to start.
Making the contact is half the fun. The other half is confirming the contact. Confirmations can be done by exchanging QSL cards via the mail or electronically via the web at "Logbook of the World" or "eQSL".
Here are some educational and entertaining ham radio related podcasts available on the internet.
This is a small list of ham radio equipment vendors from across the country. This is not an endorsement for any particular vendor; just an example of what's to be found by Googling "Ham Radio Supplies".
Radio Control & Logging Software
Software is available that can be connected to many of the newer HF radios. The software can control the functions of the radio and also log your contacts while automatically recording the frequency, time, and mode.
There are a number of websites where you can upload your logbook. LoTW and eQSL offer awards for confirmed contacts. Other sites are a way to share your logbook with others.
Logbook of the World http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world
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