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Radio Basics

Many will say that radio is an aging technology, and that technology has replaced radio with more modern 'devices'. Well, thats not at all true. What technology has done is simply to automate the basics of radio operation.

Many of my readers are reading this page over a WiFi connection, others will claim cell phones have replaced radios. What those devices have in common is that they are radios. The user won't find the basic controls listed below, but they are there. The device is simply managing those controls on its own without user intervention.

Thats all a great thing! When I finish writing this, I just want to send it to my server ... I don't want to have to tune in my router frequency, and adjust the squelch to get rid of the noise. I just want the data to flow; and it likely will do just that.

The problem with all that automation is that most people never get exposed to the basics. Thus, when faced with whats more traditionally called a radio, the controls are not as intuitive as they once were. Thats the purpose of this article: to introduce my readers to those very basic levels of using a radio.

Operator Controls

There are essentially four primary controls on a radio. I will list them below, along with a what each does and how to use it.

That covers the very basics. There are conventional radios around that have nothing more than those four controls. Most reading this article will be interested in a few somewhat more advanced controls though, and I'll touch on a few of those in the next section.

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