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Issue No 5 2021

On the Air Email - Issue No. 5 (October 2021)

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No. 1 | June 2021
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No. 3 | August 2021
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Wondering what to do with your new license?
This email provides you with articles and advice from experienced hams to help you get active and on the air.

Why a New Ham Should Join an Amateur Radio Club

You have your license and your first radio. If you’re not sure what to do next, join a local Amateur Radio club where you will connect with experienced hams who can help you get more involved and on the air. One of the best things about being part of a club is learning from other hams, and some of the best clubs create opportunities where that can take place. Read the article Strength in Numbers and visit to look for a club today.

Get to a Hamfest

Hamfests are a great place to finally meet the hams you've been talking to on the air. These events draw hundreds or thousands of radio amateurs that you can learn from, buy from, and meet one-on-one with. Whether an event is larger or smaller, the reaction from anyone attending their first hamfest is usually the sheer delight of enjoying the company of so many other hams. In this On the Air article learn what you can expect to find at a hamfest, and how to get the most out of it.

Finding Ham Radio Neighbors

With the help of the FCC database, the website, and Google Maps, Ross Keatinge, KT1F, has created a tool to locate US hams according to various search criteria. Just go to[your call sign].  Replace “[your call sign]” in the URL with your call sign. For example, if your call sign is W1AW, you’d enter the URL as
Scroll down the page and you’ll see a map with your location shown, along with what may be a surprising number of other amateurs nearby. You can expand the map to see even more. This site is useful if you are looking for local hams, moving to a new area, forming a new radio club, or looking for new club members to invite.
Click on any pushpin to see the station information under the marker. After clicking on a pushpin, you’ll find more information by clicking on the link, Many hams subscribe to this website and typically provide station information, descriptions of radio and antennas, operating modes, photos, clubs they belong to, and an email address. That said, a few amateur stations may have a blank page.

A New Ham’s Guide to The ARRL Handbook

The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is an enormous – and enormously valuable – ham radio resource. In this episode of the On the Air podcast, Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, elaborates on how The ARRL Handbook can help new hams understand concepts such as antenna gain, and how it can even help save new hams time and money on purchases like feed line and antennas.


DX Cluster — A cooperative spotting network that reports radio activity of stations operating from unusual and distant locations worldwide, to interested amateurs. Popular DX spotting sites include,, and others.

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