Chapter 8

Making Contact


check Listening on ham radio frequencies

check Finding and tuning in signals

check Interpreting a contact

check Making contacts on your own

The chapters in Part 3 introduce you to the way hams operate. I’ve structured things this way so you’ll know what you’re trying to accomplish as you learn about setting up a station in Part 4. After you have your ham radio transceiver (a receiver/transmitter combination or rig) set up and a license (ticket) clearing you for takeoff, you’ll be ready to make your first contacts with other hams.

I start by showing you how to listen in and then explain the basics of making a contact. I also cover on-the-air manners and the “little things” that make contacts flow smoothly.

If the thought of actually transmitting makes your palms a little sweaty, don’t worry; all hams start out feeling just this way, and they survive. You will, too. With a little preparation, you’ll feel comfortable and confident, ready to get on the air and join the fun.

Listen, Listen, Listen!

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