How to Build Your Own Ham Radio


Many ham radio operators take pride in constructing radios and peripheral equipment. Especially popular is low-power (QRP) equipment.

Things You'll Need

  • Ham Radios Kit
  • Phillips Screwdrivers
  • Electrical Testers
  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Nut Drivers
  • Slotted Screwdrivers
  • Soldering Guns/irons
  • Wire Nippers
  • Wire-insulation Strippers
  • Set up a clean, well-lighted work area.

  • Accumulate a basic set of tools and test equipment.

  • Develop your technique with a soldering iron and other tools by undertaking a simple project, such as an antenna tuner or a coaxial switch.

  • Choose a ham radio kit.

  • Check the contents of the kit against the parts list.

  • Follow the kit instructions exactly.

  • Test the kit before installing in the proper enclosure.

  • Troubleshoot possible flaws using the manual.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember that the key to proper assembly is learning to solder correctly.
  • Find an "Elmer" who's proficient in electronic assembly and ask for guidance.
  • Make sure your work area is secure, since you may want to leave parts and tools out. Other people, children and pets might unwittingly do damage.
  • Soldering requires a steady hand and eye.
  • Working with circuit boards and integrated circuits requires careful handling because even a minor static charge can ruin an integrated circuit.
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