The following is an excerpt from a copyright article by (©John Devoldere ON4UN and Mark Demeuleneere ON4WW)
Most radio amateurs or aspiring radio amateurs reading this manual are probably
new to amateur radio. Up until recently, newcomers were thrown on the bands
with very little, if any, help, without clear instructions or teaching on how to
behave on the air. Can you imagine being released on the roads, in heavy traffic,
without anyone having told you how to drive a car or how to behave on the road?
This idea by itself seems frightening to most of us. Appearing on the ham bands
without being prepared for this wonderful experience could be equally intimidating,
to say the least. Don’t panic though, everybody some day drove a car for the first
time, and every ham was a new ham at first.
Welcome to the world of ham radio, welcome to our bands. This document will
help you to better enjoy this wonderful hobby, right from the start. Don’t forget,
ham radio is a hobby, and a hobby by definition is something you enjoy! …
An article “Operating Practice” can be found on this site at http://www.on4ww.be/op.html
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