Amateur radio, or ham radio, has been a major part of my daily life over the years. I enjoy learning how radio equipment functions and fixing my own machinery. I still enjoy running older tube radio transmitters and receivers from the post-war period to the late 1970’s. Over the years, the radio has changed immensely, but one thing stays the same. Radio is still the most accurate means of interaction we have.
Back in your day:
The work being carried out by ham radio operators was at the forefront of technology back in the glory days of ham radios. If you pick up a mobile phone and make a call, it’s nothing more than a miniature transceiver made possible by a ham radio. You are simply talking about machine to computer when you chat to a friend on the phone, which was done 30 years before the internet became open to the general public.
Filling Communications Holes:
Ham radio is still a very critical piece of the communication puzzle and yet, in ordinary circles, amateur radio operators and ham radio are still essentially unheard of. I wish I had a dime every time I had to describe what a ham radio operator was and what they were doing to others. In order to fill the gaps when natural disasters happen, amateur radio operators also have vital communications. If the cell towers collapse and the Internet is disrupted, communications between government departments as well as police, fire department, transportation and hospitals can be provided by organizations such as ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services).
What an operator of a ham radio.
Anyone who is licensed to operate on those frequencies with its license class is a ham radio operator. Ham Radio currently has three licensing classes. Technician, which is the entry level class, General, which is an intermediate class and an additional class, which is the highest available class and gives you most of the frequency privileges. Any radio from any other operation can be built or changed by a ham to be used on the ham bands. Updated CB (Citizens Band) radio equipment is usually heard on the 10M (28-29.7 MHZ) band. However, taking a ham radio and using it on another service is NOT legal.
What a radio test is for a ham.
A ham radio exam is a test given to get your ham radio license by a team of VE (Volunteer Examiners) issued by the FCC. Typically, these are a 35 question test out of a pool of 350 questions. To get your technician’s license, you must get at least 27 out of 35. The test gets tougher as you upgrade your license. On both VHF (Very High Frequency) and UHF (Ultra High Frequencies) as well as voice and Morse code on the HF (High Frequency) bands 10 M and Morse code on 80 M 40 M 15 M and 10 M, the Technician class license gives you privileges. You should expect worldwide contact on a regular basis on HF bands.
What a ham radio band it is.
A ham radio band is a collection of frequencies used by ham radio operators that are predetermined. These frequency sets or bands are determined here in the United States by the F.C.C and are also decided upon by other nations. Every nation has its Philadelphia SEO company own government office that regulates the frequency of amateur radio.
Well, I hope this will help answer some of your questions. I expect to write more papers on ham radio covering each word in the near future.
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