High Desert Amateur Radio Club of NM

For Those New to Ham Radio
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FREE Amateur Radio Licensing Classes
The AB5WJ Memorial Instructors Group is pleased to announce that we are reorganizing and preparing to reopen with free Amateur Radio Licensing Classes later this year. We will be offering classes at all licensing levels. Technician and General classes will be offered at the Community Room of the APD Westside Command Center and Extra class seminars will be held at a different location (TBD). These are the same classes that were offered at all levels by Frank Warren Sr. (AB5WJ-SK) and his group of Associate Instructors. These classes will conclude with an FCC examination as offered by the El Malpais Volunteer Examiners Group. Walk-ins will be welcome. There are new FCC requirements and fees for these Testing Sessions. These will be in-person classes and testing sessions and they will comply with all the prevailing COVID protocols in effect at that time. For more information, or to reserve a seat at one of these classes, please send an email message to Larry Goga at AE5CZ@arrl.net
What is Ham Radio?
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What is Ham Radio? CLICK HERE a Video Clip

ARRL's Printable Promotional Flyers

The ARRL is the National Association for Amateur Radio

What is Ham Radio?
Answers many of your questions about the Service/Hobby/Sport
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22 Things You Can Do with Amateur Radio
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Amateur Radio - Serving Your Community
Learn how Ham Radio provides communication for local events.
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Connect to Wireless Excitement with Ham Radio
Ham Radio is the most powerful and versatile communication service available to the private citizen on Earth.

Your First Step to Getting on the Air
Order a copy of ARRL's License Manuals.
It contains all the information you'll need to pass the Technician Class test.


ARRL's Learning Center
CLICK HERE to reach this useful resource

ARRL’s Learning Center offers a variety of learning opportunities for new, current and prospective amateur radio operators. The focus is on creating an amateur radio learning "hub" that provides instructional topics for a wide range of users and interests.

The Learning Network is a new series of recordings to help introduce more members to the variety of activities and opportunities that radio amateurs enjoy.

Just some of the great show titles available:
* Stories about Ham Radio & Weather Spotting
* Technicians, Life Beyond Repeaters
* Finding and Fixing RFI


Articles from the HDARC's Archive

Ham Radio Satellites - Learn how YOU can make a contact through some of the Ham Radio Satellites with just an HT.

Ham Radio Etiquette - by Larry Elkin, NY5L
CLICK HERE to learn the operating etiquette for local repeaters & nets

Operating from Restricted Environments
"Hide Your Antenna in Plain Site" by Jerry Aceto K6LIE

Got an HT? CLICK HERE to learn about the things you can do with a Handi-Talkie (HT)

Slow Scan TV - Ham Radio's Visual Medium. Learn how to send and receive images over the radio and even decode images from the International Space Station.

Safety Precautions
Grounding and Bonding by Bill Mader, K8TE

What to Do in an Emergency
Ham Radio operators may be called upon for help by someone in trouble.
CLICK HERE to find out how hams can help.

Ham Radio Modes
There are many modes (ways to communicate) Technicians Can Use. Articles & Presentations here detail their operations.

SSTV While in the Field CLICK HERE for How to use Ham Radio's visual mode while in the field, even with an HT.

Packet Radio - CLICK HERE to learn about Ham Radio's messaging and mail box mode.