Ham Radio - Amateur Radio
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Moms and Dads,  Amateur Radio is a great technology based hobby for all ages, including yourself and young people (junior high age and up). It's a great Hobby to meet new people that enjoy a wide range of Radio and Electronic disciplines . 
Ham Radio offers so many different areas to explore it's impossible to list, let alone explain all possibilities on one page. 
Amateur radio is the premier high-tech hobby. It's enjoyed by people from all walks of life from around the world.
The rules for becoming an amateur (ham) radio operator vary from country to country around the world. We're going to tell you a little about the hobby and how you can obtain the necessary license in the United States.
Amateur Radio is a Licensed radio service. The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, issues amateur radio licenses in the United States. You don't need to learn Morse code anymore. It's never been easier to get a FCC Amateur Radio License. All ham radio operators must be licensed before they can operate.  As the author of this page, I have been a Ham for 48 years, and many times when telling someone about my hobby, they say " Oh I know your a CBer"
and I say , nothing could be farther from the truth.  let me clear the air on this misconception.
Do not confuse Amateur Radio with the unregulated CB radio service which is crude, rude, unregulated & basically out of control, CB is not a good place for kids to hangout, even listening to CB can introduce many new 4 letter words into your children's vocabulary.

Once again
, there is no similarity  between Amateur Radio and CB or FRS. they are a totally unregulated and different worlds.

Amateur radio operators must be licensed because they are given transmitting privileges on a wide variety of frequencies and are allow to use just about any equipment imaginable, even home built radios. Amateurs are allotted not single specific frequencies but usually whole ranges (bands) of different frequencies to operate on. These frequencies and methods of transmission are are specified by FCC rules and so it is therefore necessary to be generally familiar with your operating limitations in order to transmit lawfully.

In order to qualify for an amateur radio license, you must pass certain tests to determine that you have the required knowledge. Fortunately, the tests are not terribly difficult for most people. There are three license levels (known as classes) where each class grants greater privileges to the individual. There is a single written test for each license class. The license classes are:

  • Technician Class - this is the entry level license. It gives privileges on all amateur frequencies above 50 Mhz , mostly for local conversations
  • General Class  & Extra Class - these classes  include privileges on amateur frequencies that includes global HF (shortwave) communications. world wide communications.

Who are hams and what do they do?

Hams share a fascination with communications, electronics, & new technologies. They're from all walks of life, from nearly every nation. They communicate by voice, data (computers), Morse code and other exciting ways. They build electronic circuits. They compete via "on the air" contests. Plus,  You never know who you'll contact -- maybe a nurse in France, a neighbor across town, an orbiting astronaut or a factory worker in China. A Rock Star in California ?? 

here's two places to learn more.    see this link too          eHam link .

I've heard ham radio's expensive...

No doubt some hams spend a lot of their budget on  radios. But many ham's  "work the world" with a homemade wire antenna and an inexpensive transceiver. Many people start out with simple gear, and move on to more sophisticated equipment later.

How Do I Get Started?

Getting started in Amateur Radio has never been easier. First, attempt to contact a member of a club near you. They can help you find a ham radio licensing class, or they can answer your questions.

The American Radio Relay League, or ARRL, publishes popular ham radio license study guides to help you learn the things you'll need to pass your exam and have fun with Amateur Radio.

The Amateur Radio license examinations are administered by ham radio volunteers. When you're ready to take your exam, you'll need to locate an exam session near you.

Okay, you've got me what do I do next?

The best thing to do is contact a club in your area. Or contact the ARRL SM, Ed Stuckey , Email him