Amateur radio or ham radio, is a hobby that began soon after the radio was invented. Hams can talk to other hams across the country or across the globe. Amateur radio can use 18 radio bands under license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ham radio is not just for fun, but can be used for public service or in times of emergency.
After passing the Technician license exam, a new ham is given a call sign by the FCC (i.e. WA2ABC or KC5ZZZ) and given access to a limited number of bands or frequencies. By passing the General or Extra exams, hams are given access to additional bands.
Check out “65 Great Things About Ham Radio” at the CQ Amateur Radio magazine.
For additional information about ham radio, go to the following link at the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) or talk to any of the members of SARA.