Amateur Radio, conjointly called “ham radio”, permits enthusiasts to speak with other amateurs round the world, and experiment with all aspects of radio. If you have AN interest in something to do with radio communications, then amateur radio might be the hobby for you.
Why would i need to become a ham?
If you’ve ever been fascinated by radio, dabbled with, radio or electronics, it’s worth considering becoming a radio amateur to learn more about technology and radio. If any of the following apply to you, you might be interested in finding out more.
- ever been Interested in electronics or gadgets?
ever listened Into shortwave radio listening?
Want to understand how radio works or looking to explore other areas of the radio spectrum?
Ever Played with a walkie-talkie as a kid, and want to know more?
Have a craving for a different technical hobby?
Open to furthering your knowledge and technical understanding?
- There are many different directions that the amateur radio can take you in – here are just a few examples:
Using the 2 meter and 70cm bands you can talk to locals from your home, mobile, or portable.
Talk to other operators in the local general area , State, USA and countries around the world on HF Frequencies.
Link your computer to your radio and the Internet using technologies such as EchoLink, Digital modes such as PSK31 and JT65, learn and operate CW (morse code).
- Contact the International Space Station, Some astronauts are licensed amateurs and are occasionally available for a contacts as they fly over.
Experiment with radio – Investigate different antenna types, radios types and transmission modes. Some amateurs are even bouncing signals off the moon.
Take part in contests to see how far you can get, and how many contacts you can make.
Events in the community and helping out in emergencies
Learn to operate Morse code (known as CW), and communicate around the world.
Special events – Amateurs are often out-and-about spreading the word about Events coming up.More than any of the above , amateur radio is about making friends. It’s a community, and amateur radio operators are really open to share their knowledge and help others, through the shared language of radio, it’s called being an elmer!
How can I get started?
You have to get a license to operate amateur radio equipment and to transmit on the amateur radio frequencies, but that’s not a big deal. Our club and others in the local ares offer classes and study sessions that teach you the basics, these are often short weekend or weekday evening courses or all day study sessions, which include exercises to help you understand the basics, plus training on the license conditions and technical basics. At the end of the course, is a multiple choice exam, and assuming you pass, you can be licensed and on-air operating in a matter of days.