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If you are interested in becoming an amateur radio operator in the United States, you should start by taking an amateur technician class. These classes will cover all the basics you need to know to get your amateur license. Look for these classes at community colleges and trade schools in your area. You can also join clubs and forums that are found online. These clubs will give you more information about the type of equipment you should buy to pursue this popular hobby. Amateur radio stations are Read the rest of this entry »

05 30th, 2013

Amateur radio, also commonly referred to as HAM radio, is a great outlet for those who want to have the freedom to broadcast over the radio waves from the convenience of their own homes. Furthermore, those who wish to enjoy radio that stems away from mainstream radio can often find some intriguing and exciting amateur radio stations to tune into on a regular basis. However, if you are trying to introduce your family to the greatness Read the rest of this entry »

03 26th, 2013

Mobile amateur radio equipment needs maintenance to keep the equipment operating up to specification. Unless you perform an inspection as a part of your regular maintenance, you will see potential trouble spots only after having an equipment malfunction or experiencing poor performance.

Most amateur radio transceivers pull a large amount of current from the vehicles battery. Power connections at the vehicles battery can oxidize and create a high resistance condition. Keeping the connections weather proofed, clean and tight will insure that the voltage and current remain constant even when transmitting at full power.Want Read the rest of this entry »

06 16th, 2012

Today, we find ourselves in a world of ever-increasing complexity where technology has broken down national boundaries and language barriers. Those of younger generations tend to believe this ability was a result of the cell phone, internet, and social media. However, long before any of these concepts were so much as a thought, there was Ham radio.

The world as we know it today is tough to keep up with and can leave one feeling lost and confused. Today’s Read the rest of this entry »

06 2nd, 2012

There are a slew of amateur radio stations that are heard via satellite. There are literally thousands of amateur radio stations around the country. Just think of all the college radio stations. Amateur radio is also called ham radio, and it is the utilization of a certain radio frequency spectrum in order to create a non-commercial, recreational exchange of information, communication, and more. The word amateur is tailored solely to the person who is doing it for non-commercial and personal interest. Commercial broadcasting, emergency broadcasting, and professional radio are distinguished from amateur radio.Is this new to you? Read the rest of this entry »

05 30th, 2012

A fixed amateur radio station can be established independently in any permanent building with suffice equipment that is not portable. A fixed amateur radio station communicates in many ways; Microphones, telegraph keys and computer sound cards are used for voice, Morse code and digital modes. These stations are also equipped with computers (optional) to do various task such as log contacts. The main power source is alternate current but some equipment may be powered by batteries. Read the rest of this entry »

For 32 years, amateur ham radio volunteers at the National Hurricane Center have helped gather critical storm information and save lives. Station WX4NHC is located with the National Hurricane Center on the campus of Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The station operates day and night whenever a hurricane gets within 300 miles of potential landfall.

Volunteers at WX4NHC gather real-time weather information, collect reports from observers and broadcast hurricane advisories. Despite the advances in technology, there are Read the rest of this entry »

05 26th, 2012

Obtaining a US Amateur Radio License are fairly easy and there is a certain amount of training and preparation required. You must pass the Amateur Radio License Exam which is required in order to receive your license to practice.

The AARL can help the person find an Amateur Licensing Class within your immediate vicinity. The testing process varies from state to state however, the preparation required beforehand is very similar no matter where you choose to Read the rest of this entry »