• About Ham Radio (C)

    From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Sat Apr 1 00:06:00 2017

    Just about every city and town has a nearby Amateur Radio Club. They
    come in all shapes and sizes. Some specialize in public service, some
    like "DX", chasing faraway stations. Others are general interest clubs,
    giving local hams the chance to get together in person, exchange ideas
    and work on group projects, such as repeater stations, which benefit
    all and are too expensive for most individuals to buy. And, of course,
    clubs to socialize.


    The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the largest organization of
    radio amateurs in the United States. It was founded in 1914, and serves
    as the official voice of Amateur Radio in dealings with government
    agencies. The ARRL is a not-for-profit organization, governed by a
    board of directors elected every two years by League members.

    The ARRL also publishes a monthly magazine, QST, plus many books on
    different aspects of Amateur Radio. Its staff helps members with
    technical problems and helps "get the word out" on news of interest to
    the amateur community.


    The American Radio Relay League
    225 Main Street
    Newington, CT 06111-1494
    Phone: (860) 594-0200


    Although Morse Code is no longer required to get a United States amateur radio license, there are several important features of Morse Code:

    * It can save your life. When operating conditions are difficult,
    Morse Code will often get through when voice won't.

    * Morse Code is the most efficient way to communicate, technically
    speaking. Less power is needed to cover the same distance with code
    than with voice.

    * The code is an international language, with its own abbreviations and short-hand. It breaks down language barriers and makes international
    contacts easier.

    * For some people, particularly the handicapped, the code is sometimes
    their only way to "talk" on the air.

    * Finally, it's fun. Many people who thought they'd never have a use
    for Morse Code found that, one they've tried it, they prefer it.

    While Morse Code is no longer required for an amateur radio license
    exam in the United States, hams can still use CW on any band they have privileges on.

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