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How to Make a Contact on Ham Radio The Easy Way (Using Simplex)

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In this guide:

In this video guide, we’ll cover:

  • What is Simplex?
  • The popular 2m and 70cm bands
  • Choosing a Frequency for FM Simplex Voice
  • Programming Your Radio
  • Making a Contact
  • Creating a Simplex group

If you are looking to choose a handheld radio, check out our guide on the best handheld radios. For help studying for your ham radio license exam, check out our Level 1: Technician License Course.

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  1. We hope this guide helps make it easy to make your first contact using simplex on ham radio. Have any questions or comments? Reply here to tell us what you think!

  2. I like those guys. Seem like a fun bunch. :wink:

  3. @jamesARC @JimARC This is good stuff, guys. I really think the courses here are going to be the basis of the best forum for learning ham radio in existence. Yes there are plenty of “how-to’s” on YouTube and they do have value, if you know what you should be looking for. But here we have a logical, progressive program of instruction to take new hams through the licensing process and then into the operating procedures. The “New Elmers” of radio are online and I believe this Club will be the flagship. I am happy to be a part of the experience!

  4. This is exactly what I needed! I’ve had my technician license for almost 6 months and didn’t know where to start. Joining a club as a newbie is very intimidating and researching my first radio purchase made my head spin with all the choices. Thank you for this simple walkthrough of a first contact. Became an ARC member and am looking forward to new content. Thanks guys! KD9TMJ…73

  5. Awesome @tlconser ! This is exactly what our thought was. All the stuff out there is just overcomplicating it. What video do you want us to do next?

    We’re thinking about doing a mobile rig setup, or making a contact on a repeater (although Baofeng Basics helps with that, we could improve it).

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