IN THIS CHAPTER
Operating via repeaters
Getting your radio ready to use
Using simplex communication
Introducing digital voice systems
Having a conversation
You can dip another toe in the water with this chapter’s review of easygoing operating. The technical aspects of station configuration and operation are covered in Part 4. (Links to even more technical stuff are available on the Ham Radio For Dummies page at
After you tune around the amateur bands for a while, you’ll agree that the lion’s share of the ham’s life is making relaxed, casual contacts. Some contacts are just random “Hello, anybody out there?” encounters. You’ll also hear contacts between hams who are obviously old friends or family members who meet on the air on a regular basis.
In this chapter, you find out about the different ways to conduct these casual contacts. As with most things in life, “There’s kindy a knack to it,” as my dear Aunt Lexie used to say. Learning the ...