What is ham radio? It's the same as amateur radio, an interesting hobby for many. But why is it "ham"? Some people guess that it's because people involved in amateur radio back in the old days really liked to talk, to and would "ham it up", telling long stories to their buddies when they'd get together on the air to talk Emergency radio .
So how is ham radio set up today? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set aside certain frequencies for people to use for non-business-related communication. 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 send 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! That's right – a person on the ground aims an antenna upward, tunes a radio to the right frequency, and then can have a conversation with an astronaut who is also a ham radio operator. Emergency radio Pretty crazy, right?
In order to utilize a transciever which functions on amateur radio frequencies, you need to take an easy test and get your license. The first license, "Technician", is pretty simple to obtain, and there are a variety of books, CD's, and websites you can use to help you through the Q&A which are all published already. After you have reviewed the material and are ready, go ahead and take a test and get your own license!