So, You Want to Get into the Ham Radio Hobby

Come spend some time with me in this ride-along video blog episode, the first in a series that I am doing to help you begin your journey into the amateur radio hobby. This video is an experiment in that I am trying out this format as a type of “chat” in which I share my thoughts and experiences regarding the ham radio hobby, and how you might start out exploring the hobby.

Regarding the experiment: I have tried to edit the sound to reduce the road noise. Please comment on the noise level, and how well you can hear me talking about the topic. Should I ditch the ride-along format? Comments directly on the YouTube channel are better if you leave a comment on the actual video as displayed on my YouTube channel.


73 de NW7US


Tomas Hood, NW7US, is a regular contributor to and writes from Nebraska, USA. Tomas is the Space Weather and Radio Propagation Contributing Editor to 'CQ Amateur Radio Magazine', 'The Spectrum Monitor', and 'RadioUser UK Magazine'.

5 Responses to “So, You Want to Get into the Ham Radio Hobby”

  • Ron Wright, N9EE:

    I feel asleep 3 times and still did not finish the video, hi. I guess.

  • You should talk with your doctor about sleep apnea. It can be a killer. Falling asleep three times in such a short amount of time can be indicative of poor quality of sleep. Be careful.

  • Elwood WB0OEW:

    Nice casual start in, as you say, a huuge topic. Do some more and see where it goes. Road noise was no big deal. Might also mention Ham Radio for Dummies to those expressing interest. 73

  • Phil ZL2OWL:

    Hi Tomas. Thank you. Great, useful – would welcome ur permission to use video for potential/newbie ham information purposes at our ham radio club (NZART Branch 42, Titahi Bay) here in ZL? IMHO format is fine – more engaging than common static background talking head (subject to local road safety and rules caveat).
    73. SKCC #6298

  • Layne AE1N:

    Great subject but a “ride-along”-type video is rather annoying
    distractions are not interesting for those who want to learn about the Hobby.

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