Category: Ham Radio

  • Is it Illegal to Use a Ham Radio Without a License?

    Is it Illegal to Use a Ham Radio Without a License?

    Transmissions on the Ham radio bands are heavily regulated depending on the country you are transmitting from and to. You are required to have a license before broadcasting on any of the amateur bands. If you are not licensed, it is illegal to broadcast on ham radio frequencies. Failure to comply can lead to you…

  • How Far Can Ham Radio Reach? (Distance & Settings)

    How Far Can Ham Radio Reach? (Distance & Settings)

    Ham radio can reach from as close as 1 or 2 miles with handheld ham radio and up to 13,000 miles which is about half the Earth’s circumference with more sophisticated HF radio setups. Several factors can affect and limit how far you can transmit with an amateur radio from obstructions such as the curvature…

  • What Happens if You Use a Ham Radio Without a License?

    What Happens if You Use a Ham Radio Without a License?

    Many individuals decide to broadcast using ham radio bands before getting a license. These individuals are known as pirate radio operators in general which also include other unlicensed operators outside the ham bands. Many of these pirate hams largely go unnoticed, especially those that use call signs from other hams mostly those that happen to…

  • How Many Questions is the Ham Radio Test?

    How Many Questions is the Ham Radio Test?

    If you have gone through our articles on amateur radio such as the complete guide to the ham radio hobby, you should now be in the process of obtaining a license for operations. A license is required to transmit on any of the amateur bands but to acquire the license you have to take a…

  • Common Radio Terms | Amateur Radio Words & Phrases

    Common Radio Terms | Amateur Radio Words & Phrases

    If you’re looking to start Ham Radio or ( Amatur radio ) as it’s often called. Then you’ll need to learn some of the more common Phrases and Terms used by enthusiasts. We have all heared the saying ‘ Roger, over and out ‘ but there are many more that you need to learn. Some,…

  • Can You Put a Ham Radio Antenna in the Attic?

    Can You Put a Ham Radio Antenna in the Attic?

    You can put your ham radio antenna in the attic for transmission and reception of ham signals. Installing an antenna in the attic will work just in most cases with minimal attenuation and signal loss but this may not always be a solution depending on the building materials. Attic antenna installation comes as an option…

  • What Does Ham Radio Stand For?

    What Does Ham Radio Stand For?

    Ham radio is a term used to describe amateur radio and its operations within the allowed radio frequency bands which range between 1.6 MHz and 1240 MHz on the higher end. These ham operations are carried out by amateur radio enthusiasts that are popularly known as hams for non-profit or non-commercial purposes. People started taking…

  • Is Ham Radio a Fun Hobby?

    Is Ham Radio a Fun Hobby?

    Amateur radio is also known as Ham radio and is an interesting hobby that has been around for over a century now. This hobby has been practiced by people from all walks of life all over the world and has been able to shape some of the ways communication is done today. There have also…

  • Ham Radio Antenna Height (What’s the Best Height?)

    Ham Radio Antenna Height (What’s the Best Height?)

    Having the correct antenna height is essential for antenna performance. Usually, you may want to mount your antenna as high as possible, but this can also have counterproductive effects as you may experience radiation losses beyond a certain height. You should also keep in mind that there are regulations that put restrictions as to how…

  • How Much Does Ham Radio Cost to Start as a Hobby?

    How Much Does Ham Radio Cost to Start as a Hobby?

    When setting up a simple ham radio setup or a more complex ham radio shack, the cost is usually the biggest limiting factor to how big the setup can be. The cost of a ham radio setup can range from as low as $100 and to as high as $100,000 for the complex low-end High-Frequency…