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Useful Information About Amateur Radio And Who Uses Them?



Ham radio, in other words, amateur radio, is a well-preferred hobby and service that brings together electronics, people, and communication. Individuals utilize ham radio to talk around the world, across town, or even into space, without using cell phones or the internet. It is an educational, fun, and social activity that can be a lifeline in times of distress.

You can basically set up a ham radio station in the clubhouse, in the field or at home. Although amateur radio operators are involved for various reasons, they all have a basic knowledge of radio technology and the operating principles in common and pass an exam for the required FCC license needed to work on radio frequencies referred to as “Amateur bands.” Such bands are radio frequencies, which are allocated by the FCC (Federal communications commission) for use by ham radio users.

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Who Typically Uses Ham Radios?

Amateur radio operators come from several walks of life, students, truck drivers, doctors, kids, students, movie stars, missionaries, and even your next-door neighbor. They are of different sexes, ages, income levels, and nationalities. All hams utilize radio to reach out worldwide, transmitted through Morse code, voice communication, telegraph key, computerized messages, or hand-held radio.


Why Are These Radios So Appealing?

Beginners or established hams alike can communicate from their homes, on top of a mountain, while driving, all without having to use a cell phone or the internet. You can take the radio whichever route you’re taking. When standard communications fail during times of disaster, hams can spring into action and assist with emergency communication efforts, working side by side with public services establishments. For example, during 9/11, when the command center was destroyed, amateur radio service kept the New York Cities in touch with one another. In another instance, ham radio also came to the rescue where all communications came to a halt during Hurricane Katrina as well as the distressing flooding in Colorado during 2013.

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Hams can communicate with one another using voice and microphone, Morse code, or interface a radio with your tablet or PC to send text, images, or data, making this communication method extremely valuable. You can also communicate with astronauts on board of the international space station or speak with other hams through several satellites in space. You can also bounce signals from the moon, straight back to earth. Certain hams enjoy building and experimenting with electronics. Computer hobbyists, for instance, use amateur radio’s digital hams in far-off destinations to get in contact. However, ham radio is extensively used for forming friendships over the air or by participating in one or more of the two thousand amateur radio clubs in the country. There are more than 600 000 radio amateurs in the US and more than 2 000 000 all over the world.


How Do You Obtain More Information?

The best method of learning amateur radio is by talking with hams face-to-face. Hams usually take pride in their capability to teach newcomers the ropes in getting them afloat with this hobby. There may even be an amateur radio club in your area that will welcome your interest.