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Introduction to Ham Radio : What Equipment You Need for a Ham Radio Shack

Introduction to Ham Radio : What Equipment You Need for a Ham Radio Shack


For Expert Village, I’m Kurt Glaser, N7QJM.
On today’s sessions, we’re talking about what actually makes up the ham radio rig, per say.
There are just different names for each thing that we use. Our ham radio gear is used is
actually called our rig. The shack, where we’re actually in right now; the place we’re
actually at is called a shack and as you can see, it’s full of stuff. We’re having a lot
of fun operating ham radio. Then the actual gear, over here, we call it the rig and we’re
going to be breaking those down. So, let’s go each of those parts right now, so you get
a better understanding of what they are. Yes, this is the main component of an amateur
radio station. This is the antenna. And, this is an important piece because you feed the
antenna with these cables. And, also, since I have this on a pipe here, I need it to be
supported. I use these particular pieces here, called guide wires, which support it against
the force of the wind. Right now the antenna is facing straight West and of course, what’s
different? We’re in the rain in Seattle. Well, we’re continuing now and now we’re inside
the shack of N7QJM. We’re looking in the back of the power supply, right now. These devices,
right here; these guys are fuses. Because you can operate by a battery, car battery,
or an in house battery if you want, and I’ll pan over here to these fuses. These fuses,
right there, will allow you to utilize, if it blows out; see if it blows out instead
of the other, which is really cool. Which is really cool. Now we have the actual the
station in operation right now. So, this is the power supply, the back of the power supply.
This is the back of the transceiver, and this is the back of the antenna tuner. And so,
let’s go the the front now and look at the various pieces. The antenna that we talked
about just a little bit ago, that’s where this piece actually terminates, it connects
to this guy here, and this is the transceiver. This transmits and you can actually see the
frequencies changing and you can pick up various. This is your volume, so that’s how that works.
There’s somebody that’s tuning. This over here is the signal strength meter, that tells
you what the signal strength is. This guy over here, I’ll turn it off. This tells you
for the rotator, this is the antenna rotator. Unfortunately it doesn’t go up and down, it
just rotates side to side. Then, of course, down here is the power supply. So, those are
the rig. This is the actual rig. The pieces of the rig, again; are the tuner, the antenna,
that’s a real handy device, so you can use a simple antenna to operate on various frequencies,
and then you have the transceiver, then your rotator, and then you also have your power
supply. Those are very important. So, that’s the rig of N7QJM.

41 comments on “Introduction to Ham Radio : What Equipment You Need for a Ham Radio Shack

  1. With all due respect the guy is trying to teach others, however it simply cannot be done at this pace. At least he is putting something positive back into the hobby.
    Expert Village do many far too short videos on complex subjects that make the "instructors" look like idiots.

  2. I defended your previous video about "increasing your range" while it was playing. The harshness of the comments startled me. I do have to say, however, that you might be choosing a communicative idiom–or perhaps you are unable to vary this idiom–that excludes ANY technical terms. Technical terms serve an important function to describe technical concepts.
    I apologize if you are intentionally trying to come across like Jim Carey's character,"Lloyd." Viewers may not appreciate being patronized.

  3. I have to give it to Kurt, how many of us with all the "knowledge" on ham radio have posted explanatory videos about it?????
    Cool vid Kurt keep it up!

  4. Nice video! I'm studying for my technician ticket and hopefully will test in the next month or so. Even though I think I know a lot, videos like these can always teach someone (except a real expert) something. Thanks for making it!

  5. @565Customz hahah, maybe you should actually listen and learn instead of thinking everything is so obvious. They are called GUY wires, not guide wires.

  6. @JamesJB32 Because thats what hams do! Claim to be experts on everything and put others down to make themselves feel superior because they are losers in general life, i.e. no girlfrirends, kids, bad physical health, small penus, ect ect. Hams need to feel better about themselves so they put down others…..

  7. @OchrismongrelO yeah. I agree though. But dont feed the trolls by getting mad. It just makes us win. Just ignore the troll.

  8. Well, I enjoy ham radio. Generally I solve the world's problems on 80 meters and find myself gabbing way to late at night. For me it is fun and enjoyable, especially when it is 35 below zero outside with a good wind. I sit back and chew the fat with Ham friends all over the country. If someone wishes to gab on a cell phone, then that is their fun, but I like a good round table with everybody jumping in. Thank you for posting this video, I got a 100 on the quiz N1XQJ

  9. Very nice setup you have there. How long have you had this setup & how much did it cost you to get setup with everything you need? I'd like to get started operating a ham radio but it all looks VERY expensive to me.

  10. I did not know David Letterman was a ham radio operator, thought he was just a ham! But seriously, I’d love to see a video about how to get started for the LEAST investment for a beginner, but stuff that can be upgraded.

  11. THANKS A LOT FOR THIS VIDEO
    well i didnt even make my first step in 10 meter ham radio;
    so im here to ask ; what can i do with a transreceiver without an antena, does it have a power to cover at least the house where i live;
    or i definetly need an antena or nothing !!!
    i have DNT strato plus google it; its FM/AM 40/12
    help please i need to know all the necessary things! thanks a lot

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