Ham radio is a hobby with a very broad range of outlets. Aside from the normal "rag-chewing", an amateur can communicate via packet, slow scan TV, and the good old CW (Morse code). The amateur service allows a person to upgrade in license classes and with an upgrade comes more privileges. Probably the most popular of the VHF and above bands is 2 meters. A band is a collection of frequencies that hams are allowed to operate on. That description does not even penetrate the surface of what ham radio is about but if you would like to find out more information, find a local ham in the area or visit the ARRL's web site.