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the excitement of talking to
someone in another state, or another country
use of telephone lines or computers.
I'm not talking
about typing words on a screen, but actually hearing
their voice and the sound of their enthusiasm.
internet has been a lot of fun for "chatting",
and is very useful to ham radio, but it is not the
There is just a different kind thrill
So what is it?
Radio, or HAM radio is about people. Just plain old
everyday folks like you and me. Your doctor, lawyer,
your bus driver, your grocery store manager, the kid
who delivers your newspapers could be a HAM.
Many well known people have gotten
their Ham Licenses like
Ronnie Millsap, Joe Walsh,
Figures like King Hussein of Jordan SK, Senator
Barry Goldwater SK, Walter Cronkite and WDTN
Nichols are all hams!!! (the SK
indicates Silent Key, a term for
Hams that are no longer with us.)
Below we answer some of the common
questions people have about Ham Radio. read on.
there an age limit?"-
NOPE - there are hams as young as 4 years
NOT ANY MORE! Like most of the
electronic toys these days, Ham radio's have
become quite affordable.
not technically oriented." -You
don't have to be a Techno-Wizard. Since you
are reading this page, you are
obviously smart enough to use a computer and the
internet. So you should be able to handle a
few buttons on a radio. .
I have to build my own equipment?"-
could never learn Morse code!"-
NOT NECESSARY!- For both the entry level technician license,
and now the General Class License do not require you to learn
Morse Code ( but you are still allowed to use it and we do
encourage you to try to learn it at some point.)
To operate a radio, you do need a license
from the FCC.
BUT, it is not hard to get. And once you
do--- the fun you will have is terrific, and
the friends you will make are just wonderful,
about those family radios that everybody is
selling? Are they Ham Radios?"-
VERY CLOSE. They are a great way to get a
feel for the usefulness of personal radio
communication. But their range is very
limited. They'll work around the
campground, or at Wal-Mart, but Ham radio can reach
across neighborhoods, counties,
states, even countries!!
"Is it like
CB Radio?" -
A little - See
answer for family radios above.
to these Links for details on
"How to Get a Ham Radio"
If a Local or
National Emergency happens while you are asleep, and you need to take
How would you Know?