There are no secrets in ham radio, of course. However, there are aspects that are not well understood or even not known at all by many.
This amateur radio Web site will help you find the basic information you need to...
Amateur radio offers so many captivating sectors of activity that even the most seasoned ham (no pun intended here ;-) never gets to experience all the fascinating possibilities!
Equipment such as antennas, transceivers, receivers get a lot of attention, of course.
But, in recent years, software has rapidly invaded the daily lives of the amateur radio hobbyist. Software has been and is being developed to help with antenna design, logging, digital communications.
More recently, software defined radio (SDR) is slowly making the most sophisticated radio receivers and even portions of transceivers ... increasingly obsolete!
However, software has not replaced signal amplification and antenna interface circuits ... yet! ;-)
Even "old timers" will find something useful here!
The testimonials I receive confirm it!
It takes skill and patient determination to establish contact with another ham radio operator thousands of miles away, sometimes on the other side of the earth!
Acquiring that skill of being able to overcome the often poor propagation conditions, not to mention man-made interference, with "amateur" equipment (often modified military or commercial surplus equipment), has and will continue to motivate a certain type of individual.
What sort of individual?
The curious. The patient. Someone who likes to learn. The adventurous. The person who likes to go where few people can thread!
That, dear reader, is what the ham radio enthusiast is made of.
Nuclear science is not within most people's grasp. Nor is biotechnology or astrophysics, for that matter.
Some amateur radio operators volunteer their skills and equipment to help people in times of need.
These special ham radio operators are in small numbers scattered across your country. They devote a significant amount of their time to train for emergencies. You can rely on them to establish and maintain emergency communications when natural disasters occur, such as tornadoes, hurricanes and widespread floods.
What amateur radio operators contribute to the community and their country is why almost all countries grant a license to operate radio equipment to otherwise ordinary individuals like me. And you.
To help their fellow citizens and to help in the development of new technology ... while enjoying ourselves constructively!
More technically inclined amateur radio operators regularly contribute to the development of new technology. Software and firmware, especially the fast emerging software-defined radios (SDR) for amateur radio application, are areas where contributions are most active.
That, in a nutshell, explains why amateur radio will always keep going strong and remain the "King of Hobbies".
Why did the Internet fail to make amateur radio disappear?
Because amateur radio has always been as "high-tech" as hams wanted it to be, often way ahead of mass market technology!
Here are some examples.
Ham radio has been using digital communications over the air waves since the end of WWII, more than half a century ago!
What forms of digital communications?
Each amateur radio operator has preferences. Many concentrate their activities in one of the following categories.
Those that have the inclination and the available time ... end up doing a little bit of everything!
I've been a ham since 1974 with VE2DPE as call sign. I have seen many turning points in this great hobby.
The coming years are going to be significant for two main reasons.
More on these and other fascinating aspects of ham radio inside!
73 de VE2DPE
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73 de VE2DPE
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