Ham Radio Secrets

There are no secrets in ham radio, of course. However, there are aspects that are not well understood or even not known at all by many.

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What To Expect
From This
Ham Radio Website

The secret to amateur radio, if there is one (!), is to first get an overview of all it has to offer then pick the activities that suit you.

This website is meant to help you unlock the mystery of amateur radio, while preserving its magic!

This amateur radio Web site will help you find the basic information you need to...

  • Get started on your journey toward obtaining your amateur radio operator license.
  • Improve your knowledge of the essential aspects.
  • Discover the many new features of the "king of hobbies"!

Amateur radio offers so many captivating sectors of activity that even the most seasoned ham (no pun intended here ;-) never gets to experience all the fascinating possibilities!

Equipment such as ham radio antennas, transceivers, receivers get a lot of attention here, of course.

Fortunately, the technology of radio communications, and digital communications over radio, are well within the grasp of many.

Even "old timers" will find something useful here!
The testimonials I receive confirm it!

Furthermore, in recent years, software has rapidly invaded the daily lives of the amateur radio hobbyist.

Amateur Radio Gone "Soft"

Learning to program is no more difficult than learning the theory and operations of ham radio communications.

Amateur radio software has been, and is continuously being developed, to help - among other things - with rig control, antenna design, logging and digital communications.

More recently, software defined radio (SDR) is slowly making the most sophisticated radio receivers and even portions of transceivers ... increasingly obsolete!

Most of us use ham radio software. Some of us like to modify software to suit our taste or even develop applications from scratch.

What if you have never written a line of code in your life but would like to try your hand at programming to meet your specific needs? You can if you want to.

These videos will show you how and get you started on a solid footing.

So, take the plunge! Learn to program your own amateur radio software utilities or even full fledged applications. In doing so you will increase your enjoyment of amateur radio operations considerably.

Community Service

What does amateur radio have to offer
that "smart phones" cannot?

A highly rewarding challenge!
That's what!

Some amateur radio operators volunteer their skills and equipment to help people in times of need.

These special ham radio operators are in small numbers scattered across your country. They devote a significant amount of their time to train for emergencies. You can rely on them to establish and maintain emergency communications when natural disasters occur, such as tornadoes, hurricanes and widespread floods.

What amateur radio operators contribute to the community and their country is one the many reasons why almost all countries grant a license to operate radio equipment to otherwise ordinary individuals like me, and you.

In exchange for the privileges that come with their license, amateur radio operators are expected to help their fellow citizens, and contribute to the development of new technology, while enjoying themselves constructively!

Where The Action Is

Each amateur radio operator has preferences. Many concentrate their activities in one of the following categories.

Those that have the inclination and the available time ... end up doing a little bit of everything!

Exciting Times Ahead

I've been a ham since 1973 with VE2DPE as call sign. I have seen many turning points in this great hobby.

The coming years are going to be significant for two main reasons.

Fortunately, the detrimental effects the slowly weakening sunspot cycle 24 will have on propagation over the coming years will be compensated by the much improved performance of SDRs!

Efficient antennas will become a must!

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73 de VE2DPE
Claude Jollet

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73 de VE2DPE
Claude Jollet
7, Rue de la Rive, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Québec, Canada J6E 1M9

QTH Locator: FN36gb

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