Get involved, get active, and get on the air.
Talking to friends. Serving your community. Chasing DX. Adding a new band. Trying a new mode. Working a contest. Taking your radio out in the field. These are just a few of the exciting and fun on-air operating activities to try once you have your license in hand and have mastered the basics.
The ARRL Operating Manual for Radio Amateurs is the most comprehensive guide to Amateur Radio operating — things you can do on the air with your gear. In some cases, you may need to pick up new software or another radio, antenna, or accessory, but in many cases you already have the tools you need to get started. Each topic has been written and updated by experienced hams who are active on the air. They are happy to share what they have learned, so that you can get involved too.
Basic Station and Operating Techniques
- Assembling a Station
- Basic Operating Procedures
- HF Digital Communications
- VHF/UHF FM, Repeaters, Digital Voice and Data
- VHF/UHF Beyond FM and Repeaters
- Amateur Satellites
- Image Communications
- Portable and Mobile Operation
Radio Clubs and Public Service
- Group Activities for the Radio Amateur
- Preparing the Next Generation
- ARRL Field Day
- Public Service Operating
On-Air Activities and Radiosport
- Awards — Measuring Operating Achievements
- DXing — Contacting Those Faraway Places BR>
- Confirming the Contact — QSLing
- Contesting — Competitive Wireless
Resources for the Active Ham
- A collection of useful information to support on-air operating activities.