A similar question came up on another forum just yesterday. Here is my response to that post with a few additions: Make a list of things to discuss, such as your equipment, mention you just got licensed, what part of the hobby interested you enough to pursue getting your ticket. When the other party asks you questions, don't give 1 word answers ("Do you like the hobby so far?" "yes" ) It's a dialogue. ("Do you like the hobby so far?" "Yes, I really do. I'm still nervous about getting on the air, afraid I'll make a mistake. Did you have that happen to you when you were first licensed?" ) Be interesting. Show interest in the other person. Ask them questions about when they were first licensed (first radio? First contact? First home brew antenna? etc...) Stand out so that the next time you put out a call someone will say, "Oh, I talked to this new gal a few days ago, had a great conversation with her. "