What is Ham Radio?
If you are in search of a hobby which can unite you with people from all around the world while teaching you more about communication technology, you may want to take up an amateur radio, better known as “ham radio.” Ham radio is popular among enthusiasts of all ages, and has resulted in a unique global community. While ham radio is fun and educational, it can also be vitally important in an emergency. You can set up a ham radio at home, at work, or out in the field. Wherever you go, you can stay in touch with the world.
Ham radio is another name for amateur radio. With ham radio, you can call other users on designated “amateur band” frequencies. By definition, “amateur” radio use is always private and non-commercial. Ham radio may involve voice communication, Morse code, packet, radio teletype, PSK, or image transmission. In order to get started, you do need to take a test and get a license from the FCC.
How to get a License to operate Ham Radio?
It is necessary to realize that the FCC considers ham radio operators important from a practical standpoint. Because ham radio enthusiasts may come to the aid of others during emergencies, the FCC feels they should be licensed and prepared for such situations. That way they can help instead of cluttering up communication channels.
In United States, there are three license classed----Technician, General and Extra.
The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America.
To upgrade to General Class, you must already hold a Technician Class license. The General class license grants some operating privileges on all Amateur Radio bands and all operating modes. This license opens the door to world-wide communications. Earning the General class license requires passing a 35 question examination. General class licensees must also have passed the Technician written examination.
The Amateur Extra class license conveys all available U.S. Amateur Radio operating privileges on all bands and all modes. Earning the license is more difficult; This is a more rigorous exam involing 50 questions. Extra class licensees must also have passed all previous license class written examinations.