Become an "Amateur" with a Ham Radio Transceiver
You want to start communicating with other amateur radio enthusiasts, so maybe you need a ham radio. These radio communication receivers are for a diverse range of purposes, and come with different watt and power options depending on your requirements. You can combine them with antennas and repeater equipment for greater coverage, and they are available in both mono band and dual band options.
What Is an Amateur Radio?
Also referred to as a ham radio transceiver, you can use an amateur radio to communicate for non-commercial purposes using the radio frequency spectrum. An amateur is anyone authorized to use the radio service, with regulation and licenses issued by national governments, and you have to take a test to ensure your understanding of electronic concepts and the national radio regulations.
- SSB ham radios can use a range of voice, text, and data communication modes, with access to frequencies throughout the RF spectrum. This allows communication to take place not only within cities and countries, but also throughout the world and even into space.
- You can also use amateur radio antennae to send and receive HF radio communications between computers or transceivers connected to private networks.
What Is the 10-Meter Band?
The 10-meter band is a portion of the shortwave radio spectrum allocated to amateur radio and amateur satellite, and includes the frequencies that stretch from 28.000 MHz to 29.700 MHz.
- The 10-meter band is relatively wide in HF terms, meaning it can accommodate many different transmission modes, including Morse code in the bottom portion of the band and digital modes in the upper portion.
- The 10-meter radio waves are generally at their most effective during local daylight hours, with long distance possibilities at peak times of the solar cycle.
- While allocated to amateur radio around the world, in some countries, there are specific portions of the 10-meter band allocated by the government to specific license classes.
What Should You Look for When Buying a Ham Radio?
When purchasing a new ham, consider for what you will be using the radio and your individual budget, as well as whether you want a radio with mono band or dual band capabilities.
- Handheld transceivers are a good mobile option for events or light emergency communications, but you should keep in mind that they have limited range, with an additional antenna or repeater, and a short battery life, which doesn’t make them ideal for long conversations.
- Mobile 110 watt FM transceivers are another good mobile option often used in cars or placed at fixed stations. One may suit you if you like to chat with other operators in your local area since they have longer battery lives and large heat sinks that help to dissipate the heat generated during long conversations.