Amateur Radio : About Amateur Radio
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Ham radio, as it is often called, is a hobby.   It is a non-commercial radio communication service whose primary aims are public service, technical training, experimenting with radio electronics, and leisure communication between private persons.  Hams are noted for providing communications in times of emergency or disaster.  Ham radio exists in nearly every country and on the same frequencies.   This allows amateur radio operators to communicate internationally.   Amateur Radio is governed by the Federal Communications Commission and by Part 97 of the Title 47 Telecommunications regulations.

By international treaty, the amateur and amateur-satellite services are for qualified persons of any age who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.   In areas where the services are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, an amateur operator must hold an FCC or Canadian license or be a foreign-licensed amateur whose country has entered into a reciprocal licensing/operating arrangement with the United States or who holds a CEPT or IARP license.

What can I do with a Ham License?

There are so many things, it's a difficult question to answer, but here's some ideas: