How to find other Amateurs on Air
Where are all the Amateurs is a question that I am asked regularly by new entrants into our community. The journey most new amateurs go through and the one I followed starts with becoming interested, getting a license, buying a radio, setting it up and then turning on your radio. If you’re lucky you are at this point surrounded by other amateurs, hopefully in a club setting, or you have a friend nearby and you’re off and running.
The reality is likely that even after a successful first on-air adventure, you’ll be on your own in your shack asking yourself where everyone went.
I’ve talked in the past about picking the right day, for example, a Wednesday is likely to have less people on air than a Saturday, but that’s only part of the story.
One of the things that had never occurred to me until a while after I became an amateur is that listening is a really important way to find other amateurs.
Let’s start with some things that might not have occurred to you. (more…)