What is Ham Radio and what do Hams do?

Ham Radio is a noncommercial radio communication service that aims to do public service and help the community. Ham Radio operators help in the line of an emergency by using radio instead of commercial communication such as cellular. Hams often communicate between each other via Radio. All Hams or Amateur Radio operator have a Ham Radio license. Hams often talk around the world on HF (High Frequency) or talk down the street using VHF/UHF (Very High Frequency/Ultra High Frequency). Some ham even communicate by using Morse Code. During communication Hams might use Q-Signals. They verify their contacts by exchanging of QSL cards, a lot like a post card.

Ham Radio is a good type of communication because when a disaster happens Ham Radio is always open to communicate on. Like if an Earth Quake, Tornado, Hurricane or some other type of BIG disaster happens Ham Radio is always open for emergency communication and plus in a emergency you can keep in touch with your family and friends. Have you ever had the problem of Phones getting clogged up in a disaster well get your Ham Radio License it will take care of all those problems. COOL.

Some Hams Even talk around the world on 1 watt or so. Just think Less than most light blubs are. Get your Ham license and you can do it to. Are you thinking well what do they get out of it, they can get an award and a cool QSL card or just have fun.

They Talk Around The World!


THE AMATEUR'S CODE By Paul M. Segal W9EEA (1928).


The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE...
Never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL...
Offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE...
With knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY...
Slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED...
Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school, or community.

PATRIOTIC...
Station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

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