What is ham radio? Itâ¤™s the term people use to refer to amateur radio, an interesting hobby for all kinds of people. But why do they call it "ham"? Some historians guess that itâ¤™s because people involved in amateur radio back in the old days really loved talking, to and would "ham it up", telling long stories to their buddies when theyâ¤™d meet on the air to talk. Ham radio books
What makes up ham radio now? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set aside certain frequencies for operators to use for non-business-related transmissions. People use these frequencies to talk to each other using a variety of radio equipment. In addition to talking with others on these radios, you can also transmit text messages, talk to repeaters, bounce messages off of satellites or even the moon. Some people have even used hand-held radios to talk with the International Space Station! Yes â¤“ a person on the ground aims a certain kind of antenna upward, tunes a radio to a specific frequency, and has a conversation with an astronaut who is also a ham radio operator. Wow!
In order to utilize a radio which works on amateur radio frequencies, you must take a simple test and get your license. Ham radio books The first license, "Technician", is pretty easy to obtain, and there are a variety of books, CDâ¤™s, and websites you can use to walk you through the questions and answers which are all published already. After youâ¤™ve reviewed the material and are ready, you can take a test and get your own license.