How to Build Your Own Ham Radio

By eHow Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor

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

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.