Amateur Radio, also affectionately known as "ham radio", is a hobby of constructing, experimenting
and communicating. In New Zealand hams are licensed by the Ministry of Commerce, Radio Operations.
Once licensed, an amateur can operate two-way radio equipment from home, from vehicles and from anywhere in New Zealand - and in many cases when overseas too!
Bands of radio frequencies in the radio frequency spectrum have been set aside for Amateur Radio use. An amateur can talk across town or around the world.
The scope and possibilities are endless from sending TV pictures and operating through Amateur
Radio satellites to just having a quiet chat with friends at a distance.