Getting Started Info Sheet

I’ve gotten two calls in the last week from folks interested in our amateur radio classes. I hate having to tell them that they have to wait until the next class starts, so I tell them that they should give it a try on their own and go on to list the Internet resources that are available to help them.

That got me to thinking about putting together a one-pager that gives a little background and lists these resources. The result is “Getting Started in Amateur (Ham) Radio”.

I realize, of course, that not everyone is a self-learner. For those folks, I tell them to feel free to call me with any questions they may have. I also volunteer to have them come over to my house and see my humble station.

Feedback, please
I’d love to get your feedback on this info sheet. You can email them directly to me or just comment here. Thanks!

UPDATE 7/8/10
I’ve just updated this info sheet and have changed the name to “Getting Into Ham Radio.” It now contains the correct URLs for my new study guide and links to the ARRL website.


  1. Ronny, KC5EES says:

    I like that you kept it to one page. Short and sweet. Looks good to me, especially the links to the most useful websites and resources (including Morse software). As I will be using your handouts in my high school ham radio elective starting in about 3 weeks, I will let you know if I think of or discover things that need tweaking.

    Keep up the good work.

    Ronny, KC5EES
    Round Rock, Tx

  2. I think the best concept is to have them pick up the study materials those books many of us started out with, I think that the Elmer idea is the best part of Ham radio and it got me semi-started but when It came to the info I spent it on self study. That was in 1981 and it was as always alot of fun learning,back then we had to learn the morse which made it worth the extra effort and worth the challenge. Give em the chance to do the self study as well and if they need the Elmering let em know your there to help.

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