you are not a licensed amateur
radio operator, and you've stumbled onto this site. Thinking that The
Cherryville Repeater Association sounds like an interesting group of
people (it is!), you are wondering "what IS ham radio?"
Here are two suggestions for getting answers to that question:
-- See the "What is ham radio" page of the national ham radio association (ARRL): http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.
-- Join us at a monthly meeting and speak to some of our members.
And if you find that you would like to become a ham, we'll be happy to help you get your FCC license. (Please see our Education page.)