my First QSO

If you want to listen first and then buy equipment for your new radio shack it is a good idea to use web radio stations first.

Please use always the ITU Phonetic Alphabet to spell your Call Sign correctly in international communication.

Scenario 1:
No Radio Transmitter, no ext. Antenna available but license just received
Use ECHOLINK (read more about Amateur Radio Networks)

After installing the software on your Windows computer and registrating and validating your call sign, you can use Echolink for free for your first QSO in the same way as you would use Skype for example.
If you have troubles with port forwarding (not working), you can use a proxy server for your connections
(Menu: Tools | Setup | Proxy | Choose Public Proxy).
Principally you are now able to reach almost all radio amateurs around the globe.

Scenario 2:
Portable Radio Transmitter and license available, but no ext. Antenna available

Probably best solution is to use Repeaters for the first QSOs and experiences as amateur radio operator.
Search in the Austrian List of Repeaters for the one located near to your QTH having connection to Echolink.
If you have opened the connection to the Relais you can type the Echolink number of the choosen Echolink station (User station or Repeater). You hear the confirmation "callsign connected" and if you push again PTT you can open your call which is sent out on the relais and the connected Echolink station simultanously. relais and Echolink station and so also all radio operators in that virtual area are connected now.
You can disconnect by typing DTMF tone "#" or "*#".

If your Radio Transmitter has no number keyboard you can instead use your mobile phone with an appropriate application to produce the tones.

If you are transmitting to a repeater which is connected to an
"Allstar Link" you have to type "*33" followed by a 6 digit echolink node number with leading zeroes to open the connection.

e.g. You are transmitting to OE1XFW and you want to open the echolink to OE1XUU you type "*33006406" to open the connection and after your QSO "*71" to close it.

Scenario 3:
Radio Transmitter, license according to your transmitting power and ext. antenna available
Use Full Equipement

Feel free to make a QSO with everyone in the world. But listen carefully before transmitting your first "CQ CQ this is..." !


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