The new ham may be unsure what they can or cannot talk about over the radio.
Surprisingly, there are few limitations in the Part 97 rules governing prohibited transmission, and we will review these below.
While there aren’t any rules against discussing sex, politics, and religion, these and other controversial topics are best avoided in general radio work. Now there might be nets or affinity groups that meet on the radio to discuss controversial things. Participation is fine but be prepared for hecklers who don’t agree with or appreciate the topic.
Foul language is a big no-no, as you might expect:
Best to avoid any crude words or topics along those lines.
Another prohibition is using amateur radio to do business for yourself or a third party:
You must never be paid to use your radio, except as narrowly outlined above.
Even selling your own goods is prohibited, although there is an exception for ham gear (occasionally):
Monthly or weekly swap nets are OK.
You should never play music or sing or whistle over the air:
Play it safe by keeping background music or audio (including your phone ringtone) muted when keying your mic.
Unlikely that you would want to do so, but you should never use secret words or codes to speak over the air:
Finally, never make general announcements that do not involve other hams:
Avoid transmitting anything that might be considered of interest to a wide audience, especially a one-way message with no reply.
Common sense should prevail; avoid controversial topics, don’t cuss and don’t do business over the air. That leaves plenty of room for things to talk about.