Does operating ham radio have to own and use expensive equipments or in that are cheaper ways? Please detail....
I am unsure of the US regulations, in Canada you can't legally build and use your own equipment if you solely have your basic qualification. To do that you involve your advanced (that would cover 2 of the 4 certs, the other 2 being CW). This is running off memory but unless things hold changed in the last while . . . . check the industry canada website for more information if your Canadian.
1-what is expensive?
2-do you know what u want?
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I used to build all my own transmitters, as a kid. But the receiver is the concrete part. You need a angelic one to get through the noise.
Electronic surplus stores be always our favorite hunting grounds for stuff. Plus, military auctions are a good cheap place.
While it might be nice to surmise it is possible to be able to do it for $50 , the real answer is NO.
The cheapest route is staying with hand-held VHF and UHF handy talkies and keeping with a technician license.
Even next , for a used HT your still probably looking at $100.
If you want worldwide communication then you must become a general class worker.
Then your radio alone will be about $300 second hand for something biddable.
Of course cheaper is possible but often they are damaged within some way.
Antennas can be home made quite cheap for HF.
For home use you will want a big power supply , and that can also be a couple of hundred dollars.
While it sounds like a lot of money ,, moral quality used gear holds its price.
So in time you could trade that gear , and get most of your money back and move up to better stuff.
I wouldn't recommend trying to build your own equipment unless you hold substantial test equipment and of course the skill to do so.
The test equipment that I have cost more than the bought radios that I enjoy.
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In summery , $50 isn't enough.
Heck , two people can blow 50 buck have lunch at McDonalds.
You have to be a bit more realistic.
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You can absolutely do it inexpensively, and probably swot up more in the process. Again, the reciever is the tough part. Look for something used, even try ebay.
A transmitter is honestly easy. I know people are not really into it today, but you can probably build a CW (continuous wave) morse code transmitter for in the order of $30.
Go to your local library and look for the ARRL Handbook. There should be some plans to build up some of your own simple equipment. Good luck!
It depends on what you want to do. If you own smarts enough to get the license, you can probably shop up some used gear and build other parts and catch a decent station on the air for smaller number than $100. IF you only want super high power and adjectives the bells and whistles, it will cost a lot more. An feeble saying in ham radio is that it's not the radio, it's the worker. Skill beats out fancy equipment every day. Source(s): 30+ years as a ham hand, 40+ as a professional radio engineer.
You could probably get into ham radio for around a thousand or fifteen hundred dollars, but you have to be licensed!
Ignoring how much it will cost for the licence, you could do it for that much using old gear which you might have to repair yourself.
You don't hold to have the latest and greatest gear to obtain on the air. Surplus, second hand and throwouts can adjectives be made to work for you. But because you will be using this sort of stuff, you will need to know what you are doing. Unlike many Hams that buy strange equipment and don't know what is inside for most of their lives. Don't rush the licence, learn the theory.