Ham or Amateur Radio Operator.
From AMPR.org – “Amateur Radio is an entirely volunteer activity performed by technically knowledgeable hobbyists who have proven their ability by passing government examinations (e.g., in the USA, exams are set by the Federal Communications Commission). No remuneration is permitted. Ham radio, as it is known, has proven its value in advancements of the state of the communications arts as well as in public service during disasters and times of emergency. (For more about ham radio, see the Wikipedia article, or visit ARRL, RSGB, IARU or any of the many national amateur radio organizations.) “
I was first licensed when I was 11 or 12 years old as KA1YCG. I upgraded from Novice to Technician Plus the following year (N1LJK) and was working on getting my morse code proficiency up for the next class license…when beer and girls got in the way and I became inactive for 24 years. My licensed lapsed but in 2020 I passed the technician & general exam and was issued KC1NKT, which I quickly exchanged for my old call, N1LJK.
If you are not familiar with what amateur radio is, and what the service provides some information follows.
Amateur radio operators are licensed by the FCC, and must pass an exam demonstrating their understanding of electrical and radio principles. Morse code is no longer required to pass the exam. No, it is not CB or citizen’s band radio and no it doesn’t allow me to broadcast (music) or anything like that. I am getting back into the hobby after decades but my interests are building things to play with digital modes, emergency communications (Ham’s assist with Emergency Management Agency‘s), and HF or (High Frequncy) contacts with DX (foreign) stations all accross the globe. Was very cool before the internet when you were 12, I still think its just as cool.
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