Category: Beginners corner

Beginner’s Corner December 2018

  Hams Helping Hams    This column has started has discussing different organizations that encourage hams to get out and operate portable.  We will continue that theme in a couple months, but something has come up to make me pause and reflect on another aspect of amateur radio for this month.  This is the part […]

Beginner’s Corner November 2018

Parks on the Air, Part II    Last time we discussed the Parks on the Air (POTA) Program. Since I wrote that column, several items of note crossed my mind.    First, when you activate a site, any site with any of the “On the Air” programs, keep a logbook. You will be entering the […]

Beginner’s Corner October 2018

Parks on the Air (POTA)      Last time we mentioned some of the programs that encourage hams to take their radios and travel to “activate” various locations.  Today we will take a closer look at “Parks on the Air”, or simply POTA.  POTA is an outgrowth of the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) […]

Beginner’s Corner September 2018

Taking your Radio on the Road    Autumn and cooler weather will soon be upon us.  This means we no longer have to sweat it out when going outdoors.  Time to take that new radio of yours outdoors!    It’s nice to go to a local park and see who is on the air.  Gwinnett […]

Beginner’s Corner August 2018

Beginner’s Corner By David Harden, KJ4CMY I made a presentation a few weeks ago to a group of prospective hams.  I happened to find my old technician class study manual.  It was apparently buried deeply within the bowels of my office/shack.  You know it goes.  “I’ll set this down and look at it later.”  Then […]

Beginner’s Corner July 2018

Summits on the Air By David Harden, KJ4CMY Whether you just got your license or you have had it a long time, Summits on the Air might be just the ticket for you. What is Summits on the Air (SOTA)? According to their web site (, “SOTA is an award scheme for radio amateurs that […]

Beginner’s Corner June 2018

Beginners Corner App Happy     I have had a smart phone only for a couple years.  One thing I wanted to do with my smart phone was to use it in pursuit of my amateur radio experience.  Those neat little programs they have for smart phones are called “apps”. I presume that is an […]

Beginner’s Corner May 2018

Forgot Something?      A couple weeks ago, the Lilburn Emergency Amateur Radio Net (LEARN) invited GARS members to one of their outings.  We met at a nice pavilion and prepared to set up our radios as if we had been called up to deploy and communicate for a disaster.    We had a nice […]

Beginner’s Corner April 2018

Ragchewing and a Breath of Fresh Air      Ragchewing is the art of amateur radio conversation. It is more than just a quick contact (QSO) on the air and wishing someone “73” (best regards).  It is the art of having a lengthy conversation with either a friend or a stranger who happens to be […]

Beginner’s Corner March 2018

Beginners Corner – Spring Cleaning      As I write this the daffodils in are yard have bloomed and the blossoms on the trees are in full bloom.  Spring is in the air!  This is a time where men’s and women’s hearts turn to – well they should turn to getting the radios and auxiliary […]

Beginner’s Corner February 2018

Save those Study Books    If you have just gotten your technician class amateur radio license, congratulations!  If you have just passed either the general or extra exam, congratulations!    We sincerely hope that you will be able to get on the air quickly with that newly minted license.    I had the good fortune […]

Beginner’s Corner January 2018

Happy New Year 2018 With the Year 2018 around the corner, many people make resolutions to try to better themselves. We ham radio operators may be called upon to becomes emergency communicators.  Gaining more knowledge and experience is a good thing for us to do.  The author, after pondering some ideas on improving his emergency […]