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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, Write:
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
* 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.