• About Ham Radio (F)

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

    Many individual hams and local Amateur Radio Clubs work on a regular
    basis with a variety of community organizations. In most cities, hams
    are affiliated with local disaster preparedness agencies. But they also
    work with other groups such as the March of Dimes, providing
    communications for walkathons, bikeathons, etc.

    Hams also provide communications for such large-scale events as the
    annual New York City Marathon and the 1,000+ mile Torch Runs for the US
    Olympic Games. Hams do all this without payment. Federal law bars them
    from accepting any compensation for the service they provide. It's all
    done for the satisfaction of helping their neighbors.

    Is one of your neighbors a ham? Amateur Radio operators (hams) don't
    look different from anyone else, so how can you tell if one of your
    neighbors is a ham? One tell-tale sign could be a big antenna on the
    roof or in the back yard (though it could also be a CB antenna,
    satellite "dish" or big TV antenna).

    Another hint could be callsign license plates on the car. Amateur
    callsigns in the US begin with A, K, N or W, have one or two letters
    followed by a number from 0 to 9, then one to three more letters
    [Examples: W1AW, N2BFG, KK5AA, AC2T]. Many states issue special
    license plates to amateurs in recognition of their service to the

    If you think a neighbor is a ham, ask. If the answer is yes, you might
    ask to see his or her station, or "shack". There, you'd see
    transmitting and receiving equipment, certificates and cards confirming contacts with different parts of the world.

    Is that big antenna really important? In a word, yes. While it's
    possible to get on the air and make hundreds of contacts with a fairly
    simple wire antenna, hams who want to be certain their signals get
    through put up bigger antennas to direct their signals to certain
    points. This is particularly important, say, for "phone patches" with servicemen overseas. These let people at home talk by phone - via radio
    - with loved ones half a world away.


    While signals from Amateur Radio transmitters may occasionally seem to
    cause interference to TV's and stereos, so do CB sets, computers,
    vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, medical devices and countless other
    things. In most cases, though, the problem is actually in the TV or
    stereo. Manufacturers of consumer goods generally cut corners on costs
    by leaving out the inexpensive filters that can eliminate most

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