Ham equipment (QRP)

Dear folks,
first of all we may try to answer to the famous question that many people will ask you once you start your ham radio shack:  “What do you do with ham radio?”

Well my answer usually is : “I enjoy contesting (the sport of trying to see how many contacts can be made within a defined timeframe – with a score that is calculated by multiplying by a factor such as the number of countries contacted during that time) and DXing (the hobby of trying to contact as many “countries” as possible) – among many other aspects of the hobby. Other possible question is “If you want to talk to someone on the other side of the world can’t you just call or email them?”

Ham radio is an art and science and love of radio… With HF radio propagation (and many other factors), you never really know what you’ll find on the airwaves. That’s what makes it fun.

Here we try to describe how to setup (and where to buy) your first HAM RADIO SHACK (Ham equipment). Choosing the right equipment is an important part of setting up your radio shack.

[1] HF radio
The radio isn’t the core of your station. You will need a transceiver, a radio that can both send (transmit) and receive on the amateur radio bands. Okay. But don’t start with a 100 Watts. It will be so easy (and expensive!). Why don’t you start with a simple CW (morse code) kit? 20$ and it will be yours. Maybe look for it on eBay.com. Uh? Or..if you have money to spend (maybe you’re rich) you can have a very good transceiver like FT 1000 or YAESU FT 857 if you wanna have ham equipment going portable!

[2] Power supply
Almost all ham transceivers operate from 13.8V DC power.  The 20$ transceiver radio (CW) I advised you before is powered by 2 simple batteries (1.5 volt) whereas if you buy a 100W transceiver rig it will consume around 25 Amp supply.

An old hamradio saying suggests that if you have 1000$ spend 900$ for antenna and 100$ for the radio. This is the most important part of the ham equipment !!! Choose yours properly.  Dipole ? loop magnetic ? End fed antenna?
Click on the arrow down to see a video on the classic ham equipment