First things First

The first thing you’ll want to do is locate your original copy of your FCC license. If all you have is a paper copy then you’ll need to go the FCC website and get a PDF reference copy. Click on this link to go straight to search engine or copy and paste this URL into your browser: Once you’re on the FFC search page, enter your call sign and click “Search”.

Within a few seconds you’ll have your results. You call sign will appear in the results as a link under “Call Sign / Lease ID”. Click on your call sign and you’ll be taken to the details page for your license. Near the top left side of the page you should see “Reference Copy”. Click on it and a download of your license should begin. Store the license on your computer somewhere that you will remember and put a copy on your cell phone too. Remember, you have to have a copy of your license with you when you’re communicating via ham radio and that includes when you’re mobile or on your Cell Phone using Ham Radio Apps. Bet ya didn’t know that!

Now we can get started.

Echolink – is by far the easiest of all the digital radio communications systems to use. There are versions available for PC’s, Android and iPhone and they all work very reliably.

For a PC install, click on this link to go to the Echolink “Download” page. Sorry, I could give you a link to start the actual download but if the version changes then the link breaks. The page has reliable information on it so I don’t think you’ll have any problem.

More to follow soon..