Are you interested in wireless technology and mastering? Then this text will be also interesting for you.
I bet you already had to deal with Ham radio or you heard a lot about it.
If this is so then you know that this device is very useful. First, it is useful because it provides communication in case of disasters and in emergency situations when there is no other connection.
Our favorite mobile phones with hundreds of gigabytes of apps and selfies are completely useless. Only the good old Ham radio comes to the rescue.
Secondly, Ham radio binds “unbound”. What do I mean? Imagine: Ham radio gives you possibly sitting in California to communicate with an astronaut in the space or with another radio amateur from Doha, Kiev or any other city on the other end of the Earth.
Probably the same astronaut will also agree with me because Ham radio saves him from being alone on the International Space Station. I guess it will save anyone from being alone.
If there is something else in the world that is equally portable, useful and “saving”, then probably this is another model of Ham radio.
Communicating, receiving a signal from the moon, connecting in remote places and transmitting a digital signal all over the world is a lot of the most attractive thing Ham radio is capable of.
But what if you do not buy and build Ham radio? It is a completely different level of radio enthusiasm.
Benefits of Building a Ham Radio from Scratch
Why do you need to tighten your wallet and brains and build Ham radio if you can buy a ready-made radio station without any problems?
Firstly, it is interesting. Much nicer to use what you did yourself. Secondly, it is a great skill training and mind training as well.
Ham radio construction will help you develop your soldering and testing skills. In the process, you can constantly develop a level of difficulty, and move from less complex to more complex.
It is difficult to share a sense of pride and an unusual sense of accomplishment (as if you had climbed Everest) when you finished your work. Indeed, it is difficult to share, it should be felt.
In addition, you can start assembling the radio while preparing for the exam to obtain a license. It will give you the opportunity not only to read the theory but also to fix it in practice.
Why Ham radio? There are a lot of reasons.
It is a necessary thing if in your region there are many natural disasters. Ham radio is also an excellent means of communication and information transfer.
Ham radio is unique with its content on the airwaves. You will not find advertising there, but only important information, fun communication, exchange of ideas and so on.
When You Want To Build, Not Buy
Communicating through Ham radio is an exciting hobby.
Communicating through Ham radio that you built yourself is the best that a radio amateur can afford.
Here a quite logical question arises: “Where should we start?” And if we are talking about Ham radio, then the answer can be only one “You should start with a license”.
Yes, when the FCC regulates the work of Ham radio, amateurs have to go back to the license topic again and again.
That is why before you conquer the world with your construction skills, I advise you to pass the exam for obtaining the Ham radio license of the appropriate class. Actually, it is not scary and not difficult.
All you need is to prepare for the exam of 35 or 50 words (depending on the license class) and pass it (by paying $15 in advance).
You can find out more about the license in other materials, but now it is about building a Ham radio with your own hands.
What else is needed?
Fortunately, you do not need to search for individual parts for Ham radio. Everything you need is sold in online stores or retail stores in the basic package.
How much is it? Honestly, it costs more than a normal Ham radio station. It is not about the money, but about the process, right?
So, the basic kit for creating your own Ham radio will cost between $100 and $120.
What are such basic kits made of? I will say once again that these are basic kits and this does not include anything extraordinary.
You will find there a UHF and VHF transmitter and receiver, as well as a programming cable, a microphone, and a user manual.
You might think that this base kit is not necessary. It is not entirely true. I would recommend using the basic kit especially if you are going to build Ham radio for the first time (and this is so if you are reading this material).
When Is Building A Ham Radio From Scratch NOT Suitable?
You should know something from the very beginning: if you want to save money, then this is a mistake. Firstly, it is not very cheap. And the difference between the basic set price and the basic Ham radio price is not big.
That is why if you want to save money, then you will lose and therefore it is better not to waste precious time.
And the second very important point: if you are sure that you have enough knowledge and skills to build the most modern Ham radio on your own, leave it halfway through. Why?
It is simple – attempts to build cutting-edge equipment lead to the fact that people spend several years on it. The process takes a lot of time because it is really difficult.
And it is better to spend 500 or even 1000 dollars and enjoys modern Ham radio right now than to pay the same amount and enjoy Ham radio in some years.
When you want to build a Ham radio from scratch you need to be prepared for what you get with the basic equipment, but not Ham radio of the future.
Do you want to spend a lot of time but you want to build Ham radio? Look for “software-defined radio stations.” It is easy to build and you can do most of the work on the computer.