At Essex Ham, we know that once you’ve got your licence, taking the next steps can be tricky – we’ve all been there. To help out, we’ve put together some handy Amateur Radio Getting Started Guides, available as web pages or PDF files. We’ve also got a few videos. We’re in the process of adding more content, and your suggestions are welcome.
On this page, you’ll find links to our various “How to” guides created for those new to the hobby, as well as links to some of our training material.
We’re in the process of creating some additional content for this section, and you might be able to help: If you’re an M6 or M3, let us know what guides would you like us to add. If you’re interested in contributing an article to help newbies, we’d welcome your submissions, which will help others. Please Get in touch
Thinking of joining the hobby?
- Check out our “Getting Started in Amateur Radio” video
- See our “Become a ham” section
- Son or daughter interested? Notes for parents
Already in the hobby?
Here’s our collection of guides. Also, take a look at our Amateur Radio FAQ for some tips.
|Get Your Callsign||Just passed your Foundation? How to get your licence and callsign||PDF (Essex)|
|Just Licensed?||You’ve got your callsign, so what do you do next?||–|
|Your First Handheld||What can you expect from your first handheld, and how can you improve on the experience?||PDF File|
|Set Up Your Station||What can you expect from your first handheld, and how can you improve on the experience?||PDF File|
|A Parent’s Guide||Son or daughter taking up the hobby? What you need to know!||PDF File|
|Using Repeaters||Want to start using your local repeater? Here’s our guide to the basics||PDF File|
|VHF QSO Script||Here is a script for a basic VHF simplex contact. You can also take a look at our short VHF QSO example video||PDF File|
|Set Up QRZ||How to get your callsign registered with the QRZ.com website||PDF File|
|eQSL Basics||Starting out into the world of electronic QSL cards||PDF File|
|Introduction to HF||Part 1: The HF Bands – A look at what to expect from each of the HF bands||PDF File|
|Part 2: Selecting a Transceiver – What to consider when buying your first rig||PDF File|
|Part 3: Aerials – A look at feeders, HF aerials, and options for what may work for your shack||PDF File|
|SOTA – The basics||What is Summits On The Air, and how to get started||–|
|2m SSB Contests||Thanks to Terry G3VFC for this guide on the monthly 2m SSB contests||–|
|Working Portable||A handy checklist on what to make on a field day|
|D-Star Basics||A short introduction to D-Star (Icom’s digital voice mode)||–|
|EchoLink Basics||A hands-on guide covering how to use Echolink|
|Foundation Glossary||A selection of terms and abbreviations you may experience when studying for the Foundation exam.|
|Data Modes Guides|
|Data Modes Basics||The basics on getting started with the various data modes and what you’ll need to get started||PDF File|
|PSK31 Basics||Getting Started with this popular digital mode. Also – check out our free EssexPSK application – the easy-to-use PSK31 and RTTY decoder||PDF File|
|SSTV Basics||Information on how to send and receive images using Slow Scan TV||PDF File|
|Balloon Tracking||Details on how to track high altitude balloons||PDF File|
What is Amateur Radio?
Amateur Radio: Getting Started
Amateur Radio Rallies
For more videos, see the Essex Ham Videos page
Amateur Radio Training Material
- Our Foundation Training Material and slides
- Essex Ham Amateur Radio Training Material
- Some handy Amateur Radio Training Links
Got a suggestion for a guide we should add? Please let us know in the comments section below.