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What Is Amateur Radio

What Is Amateur Radio?

The Amateur (or ham) Radio Hobby has been around since 1913. Back then, the U.S. Government created the Amateur Radio Service to develop a pool of trained radio operators that will be available during an emergency.

Since then Amateur Radio has become very diverse expanding into many types of communications. Amateur Radio Operators also called ham radio operators now use everything from FM voice to digital communications. Other types of communications such as Morse Code, Radio Teletype, and even talking to the International Space Station are also used.

Licensed Required

Every ham has acquired an amateur radio license. Hams get licensed by passing a test given by a volunteer testing committee.

There are three types of license:

  • Technician
  • General
  • Extra

How can I get into Ham Radio

You are in luck. It has never been easier to get into ham radio. Morse Code is no longer required for any license class. You can visit www.qrz.com or www.hamtest.com to take practice tests to prepare for your session. Also Flagler County Library has several books that were donated by the Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club. These books can also help you learn more about ham radio.