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Amateur radio: Definition
(a·mə·chər ′rād·ē′ō) (electronics) A radio used for two-way radio communications by private individuals as leisure-time activity. Also known as ham radio.
Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectrum for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest, and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire) or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).
Amateur radio operation is coordinated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and licensed by the individual national governments that regulate technical and operational characteristics of transmissions and issue individual stations with an identifying call sign. Prospective amateur operators are tested for their understanding of key concepts in electronics and the host government's radio regulations. Amateurs use a variety of voice, text, image and data communications modes and have access to frequency allocations throughout the RF spectrum to enable communication across a city, a region, a country, a continent or the whole world. An estimated two million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio.
Originally posted by WarJohn]Amateur radio
How many of you have a ham radio? What did the test ask for you to obtain the licensing you must have to operate a ham radio. Feel free to provide some test taking pointers. Where do apply for the ham license? Is amateur radio important in case SHTF?
Originally posted by Mapkar
However, you can start with either a handheld radio with some extra batteries and such, or you can start with a "mobile" radio that has a lot more power behind the output.