Ham radio is a great hobby for people who are somewhat tech savvy. Amateur radio requires a license to operate on the air. There are three different amateur radio licenses: technician class, general class and extra class license. Numerous study guides are available for each license class. There is something for everyone in this hobby. Get an introduction Information on amateur radio here.
Ham radio is a fun hobby, there are many ways to enjoy it including talking to people around the world, from home or in the car, or portable like out in the wild. There is a niche for all interests, be it phone operations, morse code, slow scan TV, moon reflection, satellite communications or repeater operations. You can even get software to help you log your calls, find the best way to talk to a specific country from anywhere to anywhere, or learn Morse code (no longer a requirement, but fun nonetheless). Whenever there is an emergency anywhere in the world, ham radio is there to provide the needed communication.
In the early days of telegraph operators, the very good operators were called “ham radio operators,” so the name stuck with ham radio operators. The goal of the early Hams was to build their own gear and tweek it to get the maximum distance they could. Building your own devices is another aspect of the hobby that requires some electronics knowledge as well as good circuit design. Many radio amateurs build and test antenna designs to increase their knowledge of radio wave propagation. Designing and building your own radios and antennas is fun. There are also some kits available for those who want to build their gear but don’t have the construction skills required.
Ham radios are available at a variety of prices from your local store, on eBay and many places on the internet, both new and used. There are devices that are affordable for first-time buyers. My first rig was a used one I bought from a local store that accepted trade-ins. It worked very well and I spoke to Japan, Australia, Antarctica, Canada and many countries in South America, all with very little power and an antenna I built myself from a piece of wire, some insulators and a mast. Man was that fun. Ham radio is a wonderful hobby for both children and adults. There is a lot Ham Radio Information online, go to your favorite search engine and type in “ham radio” and you’ll get a lot of information to help you get started.
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