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HF Managers Handbook V9.0

The 9th edition of the HF Manager’s Handbook now available for download. Thank you to those who commented on the draft version.

This new edition contains mainly changes agreed during the 2008 IARU Region 1 Conference in Cavtat, 2011 IARU Region 1 Conference in Sun City, 2014 IARU Region 1 Conference in Varna, IARU Region 1 Interim Meeting Vienna 2016 and IARU Region 1 Conference in Landshut 2017. Compared to older editions, the structure of the chapters has been revised in order to make content more accessible to interested readers. The HF Manager’s Handbook is intended primarily as a guide for HF Managers. In some cases, you can also use the new handbook as a reference book. And it should also help member societies that want to start their own HF Committee. Therefore, this book containes some historical articles in favor of new representatives of the HF Committee, who may not always know what has happened in the past.

Chapter 1 gives an idea of what the IARU HF Committee is. Chapter 2 provides an overview of recommendations that focus on HF operations – including those for daily use. See Chapter 3 for the current bandplan. For technical standards, see Chapter 4. In Chapter 5 you will find additional documents that do not fit the other categories. And last but not least Chapter 6 gives an overview of changes to previous editions.

A number of chapters have also been transferred across to the main Region 1 website at Also you will find some links to external websites, namely those by the ITU.

The accuracy of this book to a great extent depends on YOU – the user of the book. If you find anything that is wrong, or if you find that something should be added or changed, please tell me. Any ideas for expansions or corrections will be appreciated.

73 Tom Kamp DF5JL
HF Committee Chairman (C4),

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ARRL Has All You Need to Become an Amateur Radio Operator!

Discover the excitement of ham radio. Amateur Radio offers a unique mix of public service, technology, and experimentation with electronics — all with an emphasis on fun. Some hams use their skills to provide communications during emergencies and disasters when all else fails. Others enjoy talking to people across the country and around the globe, participating in contests, and building experiments. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual will guide you as you get started in the hobby — selecting your equipment, setting up your first station, and making your first contact.

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New Book, Portable Operating for Amateur Radio, is Now Shipping!

Grab your gear and head outdoors with the new book from ARRL– Portable Operating for Amateur Radio by Stuart Thomas, KB1HQS

Amateur Radio stations traditionally have been associated with a table full of gear in a home station. In recent years, that has changed with the increasing popularity of operating portable, away from home. A new generation of compact, full-featured, portable radios combin…

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New Book: Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur is Now Shipping!

Increase your station’s receive performance with new book Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur by ARRL author Eric P. Nichols, KL7AJ.

Although the fundamental characteristics of antennas apply to both transmission and reception, the requirements and priorities of receiving antennas can be vastly different from those of transmitting antennas. Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur focuses …

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New Hands-On Radio Experiments Book Now Shipping

Lifelong learners will welcome Volume 3 of ARRL’s Hands-On Radio Experiments, assembled from the past four years (2013-2017) of QST’s monthly “Hands-On Radio” column, written by Ward Silver, N0AX. Silver expertly leads you through 57 basic electronics experiments, designed to increase your understanding of radio fundamentals, components, circuits and design. Like the previous volumes, the exper…

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SDR book is surprise best-seller

Last orders for UK delivery at the RSGB shop is 10am on 20 December 2017. RSGB Members should note that the RSGB Members’ book voucher runs out at the same time. An interesting story to come from the RSGB shop this week involves the new RSGB Software-Defined Radio book. First detailed in the January RadCom, […]

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Foundations of Amateur Radio eBook

Six years in the making, after much prodding from fellow amateurs, the transcripts of the weekly podcast “Foundations of Amateur Radio” are now available as a series of eBook volumes on Amazon to bring together the over 300 different episodes covering topics about our amazing hobby. Short discussions about hundreds of different topics outlining the thousand different hobbies that amateur radio represents.

Starting in the wonderful hobby of Amateur or HAM Radio can be daunting. Using low power with little experience is challenging but can be very rewarding. Originally published as a weekly podcast, each volume contains a year of edited audio podcast transcripts, each article looks at a different aspect of the hobby, how you as a beginner might fit in and get the very best from the hobby.

In these pages I outline many of the amazing attributes and activities that a beginning or aspiring amateur can discover with the base level license – in Australia the “Foundation” or “F-call” license.

My aim is to inspire and encourage new entrants into our community and to rekindle the fire for old hams, to explore and experience all that we have to offer without fear of failure. I share my own journey through this experience and explain what I’ve learned along the way about the hobby, the community, the science and technology.

In Volume 1 you’ll be able to follow my initial journey through the community, what to buy when you start, how to participate in the community, things to practice, what the first steps look like once you have a license, playing in radio contests, encouragement and sharing.

The chapter index for Volume 1 is:

* Dedication

* Preface

* Acknowledgements

* Australian (and other) Expressions

* Foreword

* Welcome

* Your F-call can do more than you think.

* This is step 1 of the hobby

* Be Brave

* Buying your Kit

* 7130 DX net and phonetics

* Welcome to the hobby.

* This is a community

* Real License

* What to buy and how much to spend?

* Practice makes Perfect

* Education of your community

* The nature of this hobby

* Participation is a Promise made

* Repeating History

* Contests

* Share your Hobby Around

* There is room for experimentation in this hobby.

* You have a license, now what?

* Ask around, QRP is not futile

* How did you get into Amateur Radio?

* Antennas

* Encourage F-calls

* Whom have you inspired lately?

* Same Old Story

* Setup Remote once in a While

* The spark of curiosity.

* Public Relations

* Faith and Generosity

* Being Inventive

* What have you shared lately?

* Experience

* More Power

* Tuning your transceiver 1950s style

* Tolerance

* Propagation and Solar Flux

* What do you want to do with your radio?

* Troubleshooting

* CW Pileup

* Operating Envelope Surprise

* Don’t reinvent the wheel, ask an Amateur

* QSL cards in 2 minutes

* Foundation License DXCC

* Anyone can contribute.

* Crimping and Soldering

* Go outside “your” band once in a while.

* How well do you know your radio really?

* What does Amateur Radio mean for you?

* What is the DXCC

* Thinking about handhelds for travel.

* If you plan to fail, you will.

* Single Points of Failure

* Afterword

* About the Author


Amateur radio is a thousand hobbies rolled into one. I hope you find your way.


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