Ham Radio - Amateur Radio
Ham radio or Amateur radio is a far reaching hobby with many loyal supporters situated all across the globe. The hobby appears to mean different things to different people although all would probably agree that it is a high-tech hobby that is extremely rewarding for those who are involved.
Often affectionately called 'hams' or 'ham radio operators', the 'amateur' tag line has nothing to do with a lack of knowledge or skill, but means that those involved are unable to use radio commercially or embark on money making ventures through this medium.
Ham radio or Amateur radio operators will communicate with each other by way of transmitters and receivers although there are other types of communication medium available and it is worth noting that communication is the main reason why amateur radio exists today. Although a licence is required, potential enthusiasts should be aware that this opens up an entirely different way of interacting with others and provides a great deal of enjoyment which is available for family and friends too.
Some different ways of participating in Ham Radio - Amateur Radio are:
Most weekends contests are run to see which ?ham? can contact the largest number of other operators in limited time parameters
Talking to an astronaut:
As unlikely as it sounds, there really can be regular communication between an astronaut and a ham radio operator on earth, and this is because space stations have amateur radio also.
Disasters and emergencies communication:
The National Traffic System and Amateur Radio Emergency Service prepare volunteers should they be required to assist in communicating important information in times of emergencies.
There is plenty of information available on this topic for beginners, so it is certainly worth searching through good bookshops and on designated websites as these will make great starting points for building up relevant details on the more technical aspects of this hobby. It is certainly worth seeing if anyone local to you also is interested in learning more about amateur radio or who may even be currently involved in it, as this again provides an excellent starting point and literally opens up the communication airwaves even before purchasing any equipment.