“My only regret is I did not become involved in amateur radio years ago.” -Dan Thomas, KB1WFF

4 Jul

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A common theme among amateur radio operators is how to expose the service to others who may be interested in getting licensed.

There have been times when hams feared that amateur radio was a “dying hobby” or would be “uninteresting” to generations that have grown up with the Internet and cellular technology.

In reality, amateur radio continues to grow, with more than 2 million hams around the world (see QST, August 2011). It’s changing – but not dying.

One of the challenges is that amateur radio is so many things: an emergency system, a way of educating about electronics, a hobby, a tool for invention and innovation, a civic duty, a link to other countries and ships at sea. A license of the right class can give privilege a ham to use a handheld two-way radio, put a repeater on the air, send digital communications, design and build their own equipment, use a radio in their car, talk around the world on HF, or bounce signals off of ham-build space satellites, or even the moon.

If you are new to amateur radio, or just found out about it at a Field Day event at the end of June, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Consider also browsing what inspired some of our members to become lifelong, or new, amateur radio operators.


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