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
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.