I recently became an amateur radio operator (HAM) so that I could help out with communications during emergency or disaster. One of the exciting things about amateur radio is that if your telephone (including cell phone) go down (and they probably will in an emergency) – the HAM radio will still be able to operate. With an amateur radio license, you will be able to communicate with your family, friends and loved ones who are also HAM radio operators. With HAM radio, you can communicate via voice communication, through other HAMS (they can relay a message for you), computer and or GPS technology.
With amateur radio, you are also able to talk with some of the NASA crew members on the International Space Station who are also HAM operators, you can learn about bouncing radio waves from your own radio off of the moon to talk to people up to 12,000 miles away and find out how to communicate using satellites.
Amateur radio involves amateur radio operators communicating locally and worldwide using store-bought or homemade radios, computers, satellites, and even the internet. Many amateur radio operators or “hams” serve as emergency communicators during the initial stages of emergencies and disasters. Amateur radio operators must be licensed and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands”. These amateur bands are reserved by the FCC for use by hams at intervals above the AM broadcast band into extremely high microwave frequencies.
There are no age restrictions to becoming a licensed operator. I have met people who are 6 years old who are licensed. If you’re interested in learning more or becoming licensed please feel free to contact me. In addition you can look at the ARRL Website located here: http://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed.
This document is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual patient. If you have questions please contact your medical provider.
Scott Rennie, DO