Ham Shack Reviews

Ham Shack Reviews offers reviews, articles, and technical pages to help other amateurs. Amateur radio is more then a hobby for many people, it is a way of life. This lifestyle offers so many fun ham radio activities, and different modes to participate in that you can stay busy trying new things.

Our goal is to communicate accurately while pursuing our interests of nets, contests, CW, DX, or digital radio. We learn all we can, and pass it on to others when we can. The senior members that help others are called “Elmers”. they are mentors in amateur radio.

We welcome the newcomer and will take the time to help them get licensed. Then guide them in what gear they need to get started, as well as, help them set it up. The beginner is the lifeblood for the future of the hobby. 

Amateur Radio Interests

  • Nets These are pre determined groups that meet and discuss a specific topic or just the days events. This is a great way to get to know your fellow ham.
  • Contests  There are contests most weekends where the goal is to make as many contacts, get the highest score, work as many countries or prefixes, etc…
  • CW  Send and receiving Morse code is a fun part of the hobby, many hams only do CW while the rest partake in the numerous modes available.
  • DX  This is where you try to talk to as many countries as possible, you can earn awards like DXCC, WAS, WAZ, and more. 
  • Digital modes  There are many modes to choose from and new one are being added as they are created.  Some of them are C4FM, DMR, D-Star, FT4, FT8, RTTY, and so on.

Off Air Interests

  • Building antennas  We use antennas to transmit and receive the radio signals, understanding and building them can be rewarding and a lot of fun.
  • Electronics  Learning to repair or build components, radios, or amplifiers is a specialty that requires several years of learning but is also rewarding. You can even earn a few dollars repairing radios for other hams.
  • Repeaters  Repeaters are used to receive and transmit a signal at a greater distance, these are used in VHF/UHF.  You can also find them on the high end of 10 meters. A licensed amateur operator can own and install a repeater, many have more then one.
  • Emergency management  There is a large groups of amateurs that train, and volunteer themselves and their gear to help the community when a disaster arises. We also assist in events when needed for security, parking, or fund raising events.

These are just some of the  things that you can do in amateur radio. 

Ham Shack Reviews

Here at Ham Shack Reviews, we are always looking for new authors to review gear and share their experience.