My FCC amateur radio license is WC4R. Three of us are licensed in our home. I was first licensed in September 1973 as a Novice class and ultimately Extra class. I am also a Volunteer Examiner with W5YI and ARRL and active in the Virginia RACES and ARRL's ARES. I am an Army MARS operator (AAR3GJ, Military Affiliate Radio System, a Department of Defense program). I'm the founder of our local amateur radio club, the Western Tidewater Radio Association.
From my Williamsburg, Virginia home, about 115 miles (185 Km) south of Washington DC, I operate the 70 cm-160 meter bands and a full 1,500 watts in both voice and all digital modes. The heart of my HF station centers around a Flex Radio 5000A, Kenwood TS-590SG, Yaesu FT-857D, Drake C-Line (T-4XC & R-4C, L-4B, C-4, MN-2000), Command Technologies HF-2500. On V/UHF I run up to 100 watts base and mobile. There is fun in communicating via amateur radio satellites and talking to the hams in the space shuttle and International Space Station. See where they are now.
Interested in getting your Amateur Radio Service FCC license? Visit this page for teaching and study aids. After you studied, check the W5YI or ARRL for test locations. Follow this link to a list of famous people that were ham radio operators.
Listen to my shortwave radio interview with Ted Randall, WB8PUM. The 90 minute mp3 is available here.
Some important Federal, State, and local laws which protect the amateur radio service and the Federally licensed stations.
FCC PRB-1: Federal preemption of state and Local Regulations Pertaining to Amateur Radio Facilities.
Code of Virginia § 15.2-2293.1: The placement of amateur radio antennas.
18 USC 1362, is a Federal law which protects stations from vandals and interfering with the station operation.