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How do I find local amateur radio frequencies?

To find local amateur radio frequencies, you can use several methods and resources. Here are some ways to discover frequencies used by amateur radio operators in your area:

  • Local amateur radio clubs: Joining a local amateur radio club is a great way to connect with other operators and learn about popular frequencies in your area. Club members often share information about local repeaters, simplex frequencies, and nets. To find a club near you, visit the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) website (http://www.arrl.org/find-a-club) and search for clubs in your region.
  • Repeater directories: Repeaters are commonly used by amateur radio operators to extend their communication range. You can find local repeaters by consulting a repeater directory. The ARRL Repeater Directory (https://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Repeater-Directory) is a popular resource that provides information about thousands of repeaters across the United States. There are also online repeater directories, such as RepeaterBook (https://www.repeaterbook.com/), which allow you to search for repeaters by location.
  • Online forums and social media: Amateur radio operators often discuss local frequencies and activities on online forums and social media platforms. Websites like eHam.net (http://www.eham.net/) and QRZ.com (https://www.qrz.com/) have forums where operators share information about their local frequencies. You can also join Facebook groups or other social media communities dedicated to amateur radio in your region.
  • Radio Reference: Radio Reference (https://www.radioreference.com/) is a comprehensive online resource for radio communications information, including amateur radio frequencies. You can use their database to search for local frequencies by location.
  • Scanning and monitoring: You can use a scanner or a programmable amateur radio transceiver to monitor local frequencies. By scanning through the amateur radio bands, you may discover active frequencies used by operators in your area. Keep a log of the frequencies and note the times and types of activity you hear.
  • Local nets: Nets are scheduled on-air meetings or gatherings of amateur radio operators. They often take place on specific frequencies at predetermined times. You can find information about local nets on club websites, repeater directories, or by asking other amateur radio operators in your area.

By using these methods and resources, you can discover local amateur radio frequencies and engage with the amateur radio community in your area.

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