Talking (or using Morse Code) with friends or strangers all over the world.
Assisting in disasters and emergency.
Promote international good will.
Helping to coordinate events like the New Year's Rose Parade, marathons, Olympics.
Going to local hospitals and letting the kids talk to "Santa".
Contests - Trying to contact as many stations as possible in a 24 hour period. Awards for such things as making contact with Ham stations in all 50 states, or 100 different countries.
Making phone calls for our GI's in other countries so they can talk to their love ones.
Developing new technologies to improve the state of the art in radio communication.
There are many ways of using Amateur Radio - you can use voice transmission,
International Morse Code, difference types of radio teletype, television,
packet radio (using radio linked computers, similar to how we do it on the
Internet). You can talk to hams in your local area, or you can talk to hams
all over the world. You can talk from your home base or out of a mobile
station. Many hams use hand-held radios that fit in their pockets.
Hams exchange pictures of each other using television. Some also like to work
on electronic circuits, building their own radios and antennas.
Anyone can be a ham -- no matter what age, gender or physical ability. There
are actors, politicians, astronauts, kings and queens are hams.
Getting started in Amateur Radio does not have to be expensive or difficult.
In the United States there are several levels (classes) of Amateur Radio license,
starting with a "novice" class that requires only a basic knowledge of radio
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
regulations and 5 words-per-minute of Morse Code.
If you want to get started, there's lots of information available at the
ARRL (American Radio Relay League).
You can also call 1-800-32-NEW HAM / (800) 326-3942 or
The possibilities are endless -- Join the World of Amateur Radio!!
April 27, 1791 ~ Samuel Morse, Inventor of the Morse Code, was born. January 06, 1838 ~ Samuel Morse publicly demonstrated his telegraph for the first time in Morristown, N.J. Samuel Morse and the Telegraph January 8, 1838 ~ The first telegraph message was sent using morse code. May 24, 1844 ~ Samuel Morse transmitted the world's first telegraph message ("What hath God wrought!") to his associate 40 miles away. February 22, 1857 ~ Heinrich Hertz, a German physicist who discovered radio waves was born on this day. Hertz is remembered today in terms like kilohertz and megahertz, which give measurements of those radio waves. April 02, 1872 ~ Samuel F.B. Morse, developer of the electric telegraph, died in New York. June 2, 1896 ~ Marconi's Patent Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi received the first patent for broadcasting by electromagnetic waves. After conducting several experiments at his home in England, he then tried his wireless telegraphy around London with great success. His experiments served as precursors for the modern radio. Prior to Marconi, no one thought it possible to send a wireless message over the earth's horizon. December 11, 1901 ~ Guglielmo Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio signal from Cornwall to Newfoundland. March 18, 1909 ~ Einar Dessau of Denmark used a shortwave transmitter to converse with a government radio post about six miles away in what's believed to have been the first broadcast by a ham radio operator. August 11, 1909 ~ The liner "Arapahoe" was the first US ship to use the radio distress call "SOS." The ship, finding itself in trouble off the coast of North Carolina, sent out an SOS signal that was received by a nearby ship. November 19, 1911 ~ New York receives first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy. June 19, 1934 ~ The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was established. Febuary 1, 1999 ~ Morse Code is replaced by a satellite-based "Mayday" system on all ships over 300 tons which have to carry satellite and radio equipment for sending and receiving distress alerts.
I have been a Ham since I was 12 years old. My call is WD6BWH, and I hold a
Advanced Class License (there is only 1 class higher than an Advanced -
an Extra Class ).
Both my Dad, AK6H, and Mom, KB6E, are hams.
They both hold an Extra Class License.
Because of Amateur Radio, we have done a lot of fun things. We have worked
the off-road races down in Baja California and in Nevada, helping with
communication and keeping track of racers, so nobody gets lost .
We have worked on the New Year's Rose Parade, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, Los Angeles Marathon and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
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