2 meter VHF Ham Radios for Beginners


In this video I discuss the basic steps on getting outdoors with VHF radio. I reflect on what I have learned journeying through the hobby with portable amateur radio.

I use a Yaesu FT857D, 9ah battery, Slim Jim antenna, coax, paper logbook, telescopic pole and a drive over mast. I have a backup radio in the car with spare leads, repair kit in the car. I use a similar setup when backpacking portable except a lighter battery.

I’m a licensed amateur radio operator from the United Kingdom.

Selling Used Ham Radio Gear


Tom (WA9TDD) and Quin (K8QS) of “Ham Radio Perspectives” explain how to sell used amateur radio gear safely and successfully. Includes how to sell ham radio equipment online and in person at swaps/hamfests and local networks. Describes how to write ads, determine price, negotiate well, and avoid scammers and lowball resellers.

Mistakes New Ham Operators Make



Just a short video where I talk about some of the mistakes that new Hams may make when starting out in Ham Radio. Share yours below…

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Ham Radio Repeaters Explained | Ham Radio Basics

Amateur Radio Repeaters can be complicated beasts, but we’re here to demystify them! How do those ham repeaters work? What about all the equipment and how it all fits together?

We’ll discuss:
– How a repeater works, Inputs/Outputs, CTCSS, roger beeps, tails, transmitters, receivers
– Controllers, Duplexers, Coaxes, Antennas, power supplies (solar and what to think of)
– Linking (RF & VOIP)
– Duplex noise & how to cure it
– Effective sensitivity testing, intermod, isolators
– Simulcasting and Voting
+ MORE if we have time!

Repeater Basics Ham Radio Part 1

And, here is a quick “How to” on basic repeater operation that a Ham radio operator will find commonly in 2 meter and 440 operations.

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