Gifts for Ham Radio Operators

ham-radio-gift-ideasA post I read online today reminded me of something. Last week a friend’s XYL ask me for some good Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for her husband. I drew a blank! I didn’t have a good answer for her.

Mugs? Vehicle decals? T-shirts? That was about the best I could come up with on short notice.

So, what under-$30 ham-related items would you like to see in your Christmas stocking this year? Leave your answers in the comments and we’ll have a list of good ideas!

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far…

Laser Engraved Ham Radio Callsign Plaque

laser-engraved-ham-radio-licenseThis is a pretty unique idea. They take your ham license details and put it into a template. Then they laser off the metal lacquer leaving shiny metallic writing underneath and mount it on a oak plaque.– $22.99 from

Carved Oak Call Sign

Another unique gift idea, this is a beautifully crafted 3-D version of your call sign. Available in several different varieties of wood.— $4 per letter on

Engraved Brass Plate for the Elecraft K3

Granted, we’re all not lucky enough to own an Elecraft K3. But if you do, here’s a beautiful way to let everyone know who assembled it!— $5.50 from Arkay Engravers Associates

Please don’t forget the awesome t-shirt designs offered by our sponsors, and Hip Ham Shirts! They always make great gifts — who couldn’t use another t-shirt?!

Matt Thomas, W1MST, is the managing editor of Contact him at [email protected].

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