We are Amateurs?
Ham radio, otherwise known as Amateur radio, is a hobby that in many cases leads to a lifetime of fun and learning. There are so many different activities in Ham radio that nobody can ever say they know it all.
Hams are famous for their roles in emergency communications but that is only the tip of the iceberg. For a Ham operator to be able to assist in an emergency situation they must first be licensed by the FCC. They must then be able to apply their knowledge to the situation. They must know how to power a station when utility power is down. They must know the frequencies and modes of operation to be used. They must know the antennas and feedlines needed for the job, and finally they must know how to conduct the communication.
While this may seem to be a lot of work, it is what we do! We love to tinker with things. We love building things and always trying to improve on them. While nowadays more radios are store bought we still try to improve them. Just look around the web at the radio "Mod" sites and you will see thousands of articles about radio improvements. When it comes to antennas there is even more information. Radio accessories are another topic that draws Hams to forums and blogs. There is also the cutting edge subject of communication modes. Hams lead every other group in this area. There is no business on Earth that comes close to the research Hams do in the field of communication modes. Just take a look at some of the modes currently used and being developed by Hams: USB, LSB, DSB, AM, FM, PM, CW, PSK, FSK, MSK, ATV, ASCII, RTTY, SSTV, APRS, EME, TOR, AMTOR, PACKET, PACTOR, GTOR, CLOVER, FELD-HELL, ILINK, JT65, FAX, WEFAX, LASERS, SPEAD SPECTRUM, D-STAR, QAM, WIFI, MESH, ALE, SATELLITE and many many more.
Ham radio is so much more than a hobby. It is a learning experience that allows a person to make friends all over the world and is shared openly between all nations and all of the people of Earth.
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