Amateur Radio

What is Amateur Radio?

According to ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League), when cell phones, regular phones, the internet and other systems are down or overloaded, Amateur Radio still gets the message through.  Radio amateurs, often called “hams,” enjoy radio technology as a hobby. But it’s also a service –a vital service that has saved lives when regular communication systems failed.

Who are Hams?

Ham Radio operators are movie stars, missionaries, doctors, students, politicians, truck drivers and regular people. They are all ages, sexes and income levels linked by their interest in wireless communications technologies. There are more licensed American Amateur Radio operators now than ever before in history.

Why do you need a license?

While license application requirements vary by country, the Amateur Radio Service is also controlled by international law and agreements because radio waves do not stop for international borders. In its regulations (Part 97), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recognizes the ability of the hobby not only to advance radio communication and technical skills, but also to enhance international goodwill.

Amateur Radio Code & Hobby

The Amateur Code

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 opperating above reproach.

Friendly: slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advise and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance , cooperation and consideration for 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.

The original Amateur’s Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.

Credits: ARRL –

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