Ham radio is cool, but it can be very nerve wracking to talk to someone using it. Talking to someone using ham radio is commonly known as a 'QSO' or a 'contact'. Although it can seem really scary at first, you won't regret a moment of it.
Amateur Radio or Ham Radio, is a community of people that use radio transmitters and receivers to communicate with other Amateur Radio Operators. It is a non- commercial, non-profit radio service, friendly ,hi-tech hobby enjoyed by about 3 million people all over the World. Hams can communicate from top of a mountain, from home or behind the wheel of their car.
Forgot Password? Watch other hams make contacts to familiarize yourself with the process, but don't be afraid to make your first contact. The more contacts you make, the more comfortable you will feel.
Amateur radio is a pursuit with many facets, some of which hold more attention than others for the hacker. Though there have been radio amateurs for a century it still has boundaries that are being tested, and sometimes they come in surprising places. A recent first involved something you might consider a done deal, a transatlantic radio contact.
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Probably, you are now ready to make your first call on a ham radio. At this stage; you need to switch your radio on. You may hear such expression repeatedly- about three times.
The History of Amateur Radio. In January a group of californian amateurs published Pacific Radio News, a new magazine dealing with amateur radio activities. Init will merge with other publications to became the famous CQ magazine. We will come back on the activities of its ancestor in the '30s.
Above : Owen Garriott pioneered the use of ham radio from Earth orbit during his "spare time" on shuttle flight STS Now, the Space Shuttle frequently carries amateur radio equipment into space where astronauts communicate with students on Earth below. In addition to the general calls, Garriott had made a few plans to send out a call to specific Earth-bound hams at prearranged times and dates.