What is ham radio? Itâ¤™s the term people use to refer to amateur radio, a really cool hobby for all kinds of people. But why is it "ham"? Some radio buffs speculate that itâ¤™s because people involved in amateur radio back in the early 1900s really loved conversing, to and would "ham it up", telling long stories to their buddies when theyâ¤™d meet on the airwaves to shoot the bull Ham radio .
So how is ham radio set up today? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allocated some special frequencies for folks to use for non-business-related communication. People use these frequencies to talk to each other using many different types of radio gear. Not only can you talk back and forth on these radios, you can also transmit text messages, send and receive TV signals, bounce messages off of satellites or even the moon. Some people have even used hand-held radios to talk with the International Space Station! Thatâ¤™s correct â¤“ a person on the ground aims an antenna upward, tunes a radio to a specific frequency, and has a conversation with an astronaut who is also an amateur radio operator. Ham radio Pretty crazy, right?
To use a transciever that functions on amateur radio frequencies, you must take an easy test and get a license. The first license, "Technician", is pretty easy to obtain, and there are a lot of books, CDâ¤™s, and websites you can use to help you through the questions and answers which are all published already. Once youâ¤™ve reviewed the material and are ready, you can take a test and get your own license!