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An Introduction To The Amateur Radio

March 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

Since the beginning of the human race, we have been fascinated by technology and communication. Starting off with creating fire by continuously hitting rocks and using smoke signals to send and receive messages from far away, the homo sapiens quickly developed and discovered new and more efficient technologies to further his agendas. One such technology is the radio, more specifically, the HAM radio.

Using a broad spectrum of frequencies, amateur radio enthusiasts have been communicating with like-minded people from all over the world since the early days of the last century. It does not matter whether you set up your radio station on top of a snowy mountain or in your bedroom, you are in constant touch with other radio systems all around the planet, with only a minimum of setup.

It is unclear where and how exactly the term 'HAM' came into existence, but it is widely speculated, that it derived from the combined initials of the last names of three fundamental radio pioneers: Hertz, Armstrong and Marconi. Another theory states, that when the amateur radio first gained popularity, there was only a very limited amount of frequencies available to hobbyists, reminding some of ham tightly packed into a sandwich.

Wherever the now so famous term may have originated, we can all agree that amateur radio has truly helped humanity with a wide range of issues. Take as an example the devastating earthquake in the Bay of Bengal in December 2004. Over 85,000 people were killed in the terrible disaster and millions were left homeless and in the cold. These numbers could have been many times higher, if it hadn't have been for the selfless aid of thousands of HAM operators from Sri Lanka, India and all over the world that worked together to establish emergency broadcasting stations, and to act as communicators. Even the prime minister of Sri Lanka had no access to communication with the rest of the world, until a radio tower was set up outside his office in order for HAM's to broadcast.

They used the humble radio to build up links between various stations that went down in the earth- quake and the following tsunami, where conventional satellite phones failed. Amateur radio users received emergency messages from people still trapped somewhere and needing help, and were able to relay them to the military and other organizations working in the Bay of Bengal to rescue people still missing.

This is but one example of the myriads of practical uses the amateur radio offers. From chatting to astronauts on a space station, over saving many a life, to simply talking to your friend on the other side of the planet, HAM radios offer an abundance of possibilities to everyone. They are easy to operate, and you can simply build your own radio tower with only a few pieces of material needed to do so.

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