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How to Talk to Someone Using Ham Radio

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Step 4: Send a QSL Card

You've just finished your QSO. You're glad you finished talking, but even more glad you did it! So what now? Now, you log your contact. 

How do I log my contact? You can log your contact in two different ways, or both! By logging it online, or by logging it in a booklet. Both work. Some online logging websites are www.qrz.com and http://www.eqsl.cc/qslcard/Index.cfm. 

After you finished logging, you fill out a QSL card and send it to the person you made a contact with. If you do it by mail, you must get his home address. You can find it by going to www.qrz.com and creating an account, then searching his callsign. If you do it online, simply fill out the QSO information, click save, and your done! This way you can save the memories and details about your QSO forever. 

Thank you very much for reading this how-to make a QSO, and I hope I help as many people as I can with it. Don't be afraid to send me a message if you have questions. 

-Ethan
KB1WMR
 
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econjack1 year ago
A fun read. I've been licensed since 1953 and have always enjoyed it, especially running "phone patch traffic" between Guam and the Marshall Islands and Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha. This is a service hams do free, which enables husbands and wives to stay in contact without phone charges. Back in the '70's, this saved them a lot of money and was a rewarding experience for us, as well.
Thanks for reminding me of this fun time from the past...
W9NMT
Robsarge1 year ago
Thanks for the reminder, have been away since early 90's...thanks for a great instructable! Might be the kick I need to get back. Thanks WB1BSW/4 -- Rob
I agree. It's very nice to read this interesting article. I have the limitation in the UK of just 50w (intermediate license) but have had many QSO's on my 3 element yagi. My furthest is Chilli with a 11,600km (QRB) contact on just 20w using a G5RV (a wire dipole antenna) and PSK31. (a data mode used for sending messages). I have had many phone QSO's with the USA on just 30w on the Yagi so less is often more (fun that is). I can send Morse at 12wpm but sadly can only receive at 6wpm at the moment but practicing hard. It might be note worthy that WSPR and QRSS often make global contacts on just 1 watt, so an inspiration to anyone going for the technical license. I do hope the author follows up with EME, and data such as JT65HF (my most popular data mode apart from PSK) as a couple of examples. Thanks for the article and hope it's gets the attention it deserves. 10/10
Davak721 year ago
Thanks for the instructable!
mfoley41 year ago
This is a really useful Instructable! The tips on getting your license, and the QSO or conversation were very useful. I had my General Class ticket ... N1KOO ... and made hundreds of morse code contacts all around the world .... South America, Europe, Japan....even an icebreaker in the Artic Ocean. I also enjoyed low power QRP. It's an old hobby ... but a lot of fun ... and you learn a lot too.