In the discussion section of the LinkedIn ARRL Ham Radio Operators Group, a new ham asked, “It’s been about 3 weeks since I got my license and I’m nervous of making a gaffe on air. So tell me, what horrible mistakes should I avoid?”
Of course, everyone and his brother jumped in with advice. Here are some of the best ones:
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. We were all beginners once, and we learn by trial and error.
- Hams are a forgiving bunch, especially when you’re first getting started! (Unfortunately, not all the time….Dan)
- Listen to what others are doing. Copy what’s good and avoid what doesn’t sound good to you. Ask questions.
- Check out the local ham radio clubs in your area. You can find them on the ARRL website. Find one that is fun and active with young people like yourself. (Are there any that have active young people? :) …Dan )
- Best practice is to get on the air and talk to folks. Personally, I’ve found the HT crowd to be a bit cliquish so don’t be surprised if you run into that. It isn’t that they are unfriendly, just shy.
- It would be a MISTAKE if you didn’t work a FM satellite or two with your new license! (grin) Complete, up-to-date info at … http://www.work-sat.com – you do NOT need 100W nor multiple Yagi antennas.
- Here’s a tongue in cheek article on what not to do on the radio. It’s since been quoted and reprinted all over the internet. You might want to read it to see what to avoid.
Anyone else have some advice for our new ham?