Amateur Radio – What Next?

A guide for newly licensed operators to get started.

  • What radio should I get?
  • What antenna is “best”?
  • What is a “net”, how do I join one and what’s the ettiequte?
  • What is a “contest”, how do I take part and what do I do?
  • Im a bit Mic shy as a new user, is there any alternatives?
  • I hear you can speak to the ISS, how do I do that?
  • I hear that you can use satellites to communicate, how do I do that?
  • Can I use my computer for radio work? How can I use digital modes like FT8, FT4, RTTY, PSK etc?
  • How can I learn CW (morse code)? Who can teach me?
  • How do digital modes work such as D-Star, DMR and Fusion?
  • What is echo link and how does that work.
  • I understand what a repeater is, but how do I access these locally on the IOM?
  • What benefits are there to being a club member?
  • Can I use or borrow plus kit, and will someone help me set it up?