Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) can be engaged in In a hundred different ways, but it begins with a series of examinations, regulated by the FCC, that gradually expose licensees to the laws involved in using it, the set of operating practices guiding it and the technical information required to engage in it properly.Craft wrote: ↑Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:20 pmSorry I was confused; I thought you were talking about how you or your job industry used it; sounds like you're describing the history of its development and why it's significant?durangopipe wrote: ↑Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:26 pmIt’s illegal to conduct business on ham radio.Craft wrote: ↑Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:41 pmSo do you use it for pleasure or for business mostly?durangopipe wrote: ↑Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:01 pmThat’s only a small part of ham radio.
Experiments and the pushing forward of both RF and digital technology.
Emergency communication and community service.
Installation and maintenance of backup communication infrastructure.
Base of trained and experienced communication specialists available when needed.
And yes, a huge social component as well.
But the contributions of ham radio to the development of communication technology (and other fields like the initial exploration of RF devices and ionospheric propagation, initial development first of the theory and feasibility of satellite communication by moonbounce and then the first communication satellites, initial discovery of radio astronomy, and most recently extreme weak signal digital detection communication tools that are now used by deep space probes, to name but a few) are tremendous, as are the contributions in times of communication infrastructure breakdowns in time of disaster.
The range of privileges grows as progressively difficult examinations are passed.
It is a “hobby.” But it is also a “service.” And it’s contributions to the larger community, that are ongoing, include some of the things I listed above.
When I was younger, I was far more actively involved in the service component than I am now. I used to fling remote mountaintop towers to help maintain emergency communications infrastructure and go off with search and rescue teams as a communications link.
My wife (who is also licensed) and I have manned radio positions during rescue operations and wildfires, and during community events like bicycle races and other athletic events that required it.
Although my involvement in service is now diminished, I am still able and equipped to provide emergency communication capability if and when required (through a formal relationship that exists between our local amateur radio club and our county emergency services liason) and I am also a certified license examiner.
I also try to mentor new hams whenever possible.
I think you’ll discover that most hams have this same balance of “fun hobby” and community service in their involvement with amateur radio.