WHAT IS AMATEUR RADIO

WHAT IS AMATEUR RADIO

According to the dictionary, an amateur is “…a person who engages in a study, sport or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial gain or professional reasons.” The word originates from the Latin “amare”, to LOVE. Amateur radio operators love to contact other amateurs, and they love to experiment with electronics. Anyone can be an amateur radio operator.

All you need is interest and a licence. In amateur radio there are no race, age, creed, sex or class distinctions. It is a service which emphasizes people’s common interests, not their differences. Everyone is eligible.

Amateur radio exists in nearly every country of the world. Unlike the Citizen Band (CB) enthusiast, who may radiate only a few watts of power, on relatively a few channels of one band, amateurs can legally run up to 1000 watts on thousands of frequencies on many different bands, allowing two-way communication with other amateurs around the world. Licensed Amateurs now enjoy the added benefit of connecting with other amateurs around the world via the internet.

Amateur radio is a hobby of self-education and emergency preparedness. Amateur radio operators, sometimes called “HAMS”, stand ready on a moment’s notice to assist whenever normal communication channels are overloaded, damaged or disrupted.

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