what is ham radio

Ham Radio 101 – Understanding Why

Ham Radio 101
Understanding The ‘Why’ of Ham Radio


Many don’t understand the many reasons Ham Radio exists.  Here is a great video that describes the many areas of Ham Radio and what can be done with the many disciplines across the entire radio spectrum.  You can always find something of interest in Ham Radio!  Once you get started you’ll learn the way and have a lifetime of fund and challenges to no end.

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What Is Ham Radio?

For Nervous New Hams

Are you a new ham radio operator and feeling a bit nervous about making those first few contacts?  I can remember back in 1975 my first CW contacts as a Novice…it seemed overwhelming at first.  Read and watch this by Cliff – a great teacher:

It’s not uncommon for new hams to feel anxious about making their first amateur radio contacts. In fact, it’s perfectly normal.

This video is my attempt to help these hams realize that it’s okay to make mistakes… it’s part of the learning process and, no matter how competent you become, you will still make mistakes.

Just remember this key phrase, “So what?”

Amateur Radio A 21st Century Hobby

Whether you enjoy writing software, getting hands-on with practical equipment, developing new technology or simply want to use what’s already there to communicate with others across the world, you’ll find all of this – and more – within amateur radio. It is also great fun. Why don’t you try it? Watch this….

Ham Radio Exam – How To Get Started

Ham Radio Exam

How To Get Started

So – you decided you want to get your ham radio license!  Congratulations!

Now you are wondering what to do to get ready for that Ham Radio Exam and be able to pass the test.  Well, there’s lots of resources available – and the video below shows you one of those resources where you can take practice tests for free!

While the whole process might seem a bit overwhelming, you can take a little bit at a time and get through it!  I know you can – my dad did it, I did it for 4 tests, two of my sons did it.  Plus – there’s a whole bunch of ham radio operators that would be glad to help you.

So dig in and get started  watch this video for some help:

What Is Ham Radio? (Amateur Radio)

What Is Ham Radio?


So, just What Is Ham Radio, anyway?

According to the ARRL (American Radio Relay League), Ham Radio is:

“Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) is a popular hobby and service in which licensed Amateur Radio operators (hams) operate communications equipment.”

The ARRL goes on to say:

“Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands.” These bands are radio frequencies reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by ham radio operators.”

Read more about Ham Radio and see where you might want to get started!

Ham Radio or Amateur Radio is an amazing hobby and service that has so much to offer.  I assure you, you will wonder what part you want to get into next.  Love HF, VHF, UHF communications?  Want to work satellites, radio teletype, video, radio controlled planes, etc, and a LOT more?

Watch this video – and get excited!

Ham Radio License

Ham Radio License
Amateur Radio License

Interested in how to get your Ham Radio License? How now person studied for her Technician Class License. There are many ways to study for your license – here are a few links to resources:

Books and manuals:

Ham Radio License

Inexpensive VHF/UHF Handheld Radio:


Get started TODAY!  It’s not real difficult to get your Technician Class License and then work towards the General Class and Extra Class License later.

Ham Radio is such an awesome hobby and skill to have.  The opportunities are endless.

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