Ham radio is the world's greatest hobby that can save lives. It's a hobby that instantly turns into a life saving service whenever there's a disaster or large-scale emergency.
On September 11th, it was ham radio that kept New York City agencies in touch with each other after their command center was destroyed.
When hurricanes like Katrina, Rita and Wilma or tornadoes or floods knock out other communications, ham radio provides vital life-and- death capabilities. But 99% of the time, hams do what they do because it's just plain fun.
Who's the Typical Ham?
Amateur Radio operators come from all walks of life -- movie stars, missionaries, doctors, students, politicians, truck drivers and just plain folks. They are all ages, sexes, income levels and nationalities. They say Hello to the world in many languages and many ways. But whether they prefer Morse code on an old brass telegraph key, voice communication on a hand-held radio, or computerized messages transmitted via satellite, they all have an interest in what's happening in the world, and they use radio to reach out.
How Stuff Work
Ham radio lets people talk across the globe, wirelessly and inexpensively. Learn how to get started in ham radio, from licenses to equipment.
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