Submitted by k5rfl on Tue, 11/17/2020 - 17:39



You are now an amateur radio operator.

Soon enough you will have your callsign in the FCC database and you can be on air making contacts.  In the meantime, here are few resources to help give you a little head start.

1. ARRL has a free 90 day guest account that you can setup here and it will allow you to get an idea of the benefits ARRL members enjoy.  The bag you received after your exam may contain a QST magazine, which is sent monthly to ARRL members.  There is the option to receive print or digital copies of the magazine.

In addition to QST, there is ARRL On the Air magazine which started earlier this year and is quartely magazine.  OTA is another great resource for 'hams' young and old as it covers topics from getting on the air the first time to building antennas and how to make a digital contact.  A supplementary podcast is broadcast each month diving more in depth into topics covered in the most recent issue.  It's worth noting that from the small articles to the main story each issue has a focus on a single primary subject.

2. will take you to a page on this site where you can view details for local clubs, including meeting times and locations and VHF nets in the area.

3.  Know where you can operate and what modes you can operate in.  Regardless of age or experience, it's good to keep a chart near your shack for reference.  Follow this link to download a pdf version of the ARRL Band plan for your reference or to print one out.

4. The primary 2 websites for the Golden Triangle amateur radio community are this site,, and  There are social media links on both sites and event calendars as well.  The k5dy site is geared more towards the Magnolia ARC and Hams Eating Chicken is geared a little more towards the Lowndes County ARC.

5. If you have anything you'd like to see more of on either site, or some amateur radio related information you would like to share, please email me at


Congratulations again on passing your exam and I, on behalf of everyone in the Golden Triangle Amateur Radio family, look forward to helping you learn and grow as a ham radio operator.

73 de K5RFL!