For the new ham radio enthusiast, setting up the gear can be a challenge. This is especially true for starter radios that are known to be high on features and design but low on intuitive usability. Documentation? Unless you can read broken English written by a Chinese national who has never studied the language, you are out of luck.
Like many prepper’s, I understand the importance of communication following a disruptive event. To that end, I took the easy road and purchased a couple of portable Baofeng radios so that I could communicate with the rest of the world when the grid is down.
On April 18th, I will be taking the test to get my Technician Class HAM radio license. This is something I have been meaning to do for quite some time but honestly? I got so wrapped up with getting my equipment, two Baofeng UV5 radios, to work that I lost sight of the goal.
To prepare for my test, I have been studying Dan Romanchik’s free guide “The Non-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide” which is all good. But still niggling me was the sense of failure at setting up my HAM radios. The crazy thing is this: the license should come first because during the process of learning about amateur radio, comprehensive and understanding the gear becomes a whole lot easier.