We all love Ham radio. It is one of the few communication tools that really gives us a lot of opportunities.
We communicate with people from other cities and countries, and also find help in difficult situations and so on.Ham radio gives us a good mood and many useful skills. In general, this thing is very useful.
What if we could improve Ham radio? Then we would get much more pleasure from using this radio.
Improving the radio requires accessories. So let’s see what kind of accessories Ham radio needs to enjoy using a short wave to its fullest.
Must Have Ham Radio Accessories
Attention: now I will talk about the most important accessories for Ham radio.
Let’s start with the basics.
Shortwave Receiver And Transceiver
It is Ham radio, which is both a receiver and a transmitter. The new Ham radio models are more complicated. It is evident in the management and in the special menu system.
Beginners use a small receiver. This radio has simple controls.
Some Ham radio are hand-held and have built-in antennas. What do you need this information for?
I am talking about this in order for you to know that there are hand-held radio stations and there are those that require additional mounting. All the necessary accessories are required here, to the main body of the radio, anyway.
It is one of the most necessary things – must have absolute.
As is usually the case, we cannot live in a world where there is only one type of antenna. There are several of them.
The shortwave antenna has a small length and looks more like a pin than an antenna. The shortwave antenna is more portable and can be placed anywhere.
Its average length is 19 inches and usually, these antennas exceed shortwave in length.
Ordinary long antennas are good, but less maneuverable and rather large, so you have to hold it in your hands and direct it in the right direction.
Vertical Antenna Or Wire Antenna
Both antennas are arranged as simply as possible. Such antennas easily catch a good signal. And in general, throughout the world, such an antenna system is considered the best for Ham radio.
If you need an antenna, then you also need an antenna tuner.
Someone will say that this accessory is optional. I am sure it is not. And here are my arguments:
The tuner will allow you to tune the antenna up to several bands. You will use it on the open part of the antenna. And the tuner can be so powerful that you get all (or almost all) of the bands you want to cover with Ham radio.
A linear amplifier will add an extra signal and you can enjoy Ham radio fully. You can get 100 watts without straining.
And now let’s move on to less obvious accessories for Ham radio.
Accurate wattmeter = good wattmeter. This device should see direct and reflected force. I recommend choosing a wattmeter with a display on which there are cross-arrows.
Believe me: it will be your best bet.
There are two reasons:
- a) you can see the direct and reflected power and not be confused,
- b) you get a completely clear idea of the CWS of your antenna.
It means that an accurate wattmeter will help you tune Ham radio up perfectly.
And in general, checking the integrity of the antenna system is a very important point. It will help avoid unpleasant unexpected breakdowns.
In addition, there are wattmeters that can read peaks. And you will see what the actual number of watts you have installed.
In fact, a good wattmeter for which you need to spend money looks like this: there are 2 displays (on the front and back), it should work with the power you need, and the frequency range.
A lot of radio amateurs use headphones with Ham radio. No … ALL hams amateurs use headphones. Why?
Because the only ideal way to not miss a single signal past your ears. Of course, the best choice would be overhead or monitor headphones. As a rule, the sound in these headphones is much better.
Yes, this accessory is more than unobvious. But it may be required.
Imagine the situation: there is something wrong with the radio, it does not work well. But outwardly everything looks good.It is in this situation that you will need a voltmeter. It will help you check the integrity of the coaxial cable and jumpers.
It is a super important thing in using Ham radio. The matter is that many radio stations are connected to a computer and this improves and simplifies the use of the radio several times.
The computer allows you to update the radio and program the memory. It is easy to connect, it is enough to have an external card.And the computer also allows you to use the installation and keep a journal, track countries and so on.
I think that many will agree with me: today it is impossible to use Ham radio outside the bundle with a computer. These are strongly related things.
And the computer has little value. More important is the internet connection. Because all the necessary things you do it through the Internet.
If you want to enjoy using Ham radio, then you need to have two types of equipment: 1) receiving and transmitting equipment with power supply, 2) antenna-feeder device.
You need a transceiver and a computer (not only to take into account connections and obtain operational information but also to control transceivers and antennas, and often directly participates in the processing of the SDR-system signal).
And you need an antenna. It should be necessary and you can install it anywhere, you can even solder the gutters and get an antenna that way.