Welcome to the diverse group of individuals who make up Amateur Radio! There are more than 700, 000 amateurs, or “hams, ” in the United States alone and 3, 000, 000 around the world. Hams come from all walks of life, all ages and every continent. Hams are busily communicating without regard to the geographic and political barriers that often separate humanity. This is the power of Amateur Radio — to communicate with each other directly, without requiring any other commercial or government communications systems.
Amateur Radio was born along with radio itself. Marconi, the father of radio, considered himself “an amateur” and many of the wireless technologies and systems we take for granted today had their origins in the workshops and imaginations of amateurs. Governments make room for Amateur Radio when valuable radio spectrum is allocated because they know and respect the flexibility and inventiveness of hams. Amateur Radio is an excellent training and educational opportunity for a country’s students and technicians. In the face of emergencies and disasters, the amateur’s ability to innovate and adapt is legendary.
Hams come to Amateur Radio from many walks of life and many interests. Perhaps you intend to provide emergency communications for yourself and your community. Technical experimentation might be your interest or you might be one of the burgeoning “do-it-yourself” community, discovering the pleasures of building, testing, using and learning. Making new friends via the radio, keeping in touch as you travel, or exploring where a wireless signal can take you — these are all valuable and valued parts of the Amateur service.
A time-honored ham tradition is that of helping newcomers learn about the ways and skills of Amateur Radio. These helpers — known as “Elmers” by other hams — are everywhere. You are almost certainly near another ham and probably an entire ham radio club! They’ll gladly help you get started. There’s more information in Chapter 1 about connecting with them. If you need assistance, the staff here at ARRL Headquarters will be more than happy to help too.
As you read this book, getting ready to pass your first ham radio licensing exam, you will find that there is a lot more material here than just the answers to exam questions. That’s the ARRL way of going the extra mile to help you learn about Amateur Radio. “Of, By and For the Amateur” is the ARRL’s motto. By providing this extra information, we help you learn the “why” behind each question so that you are prepared when ready to get on the air. Keep this book handy as a reference to help you understand how ham radio “works” and you’ll have more fun and be a more effective operator.trends food trends of haircut text life coffee astronomy sites how to make money with a lifestyle blog sundress ad facebook world of coffee salon monica every song to be on youtube trending coffee in a who is who in fashion leavenworth coffee shop coffee story tips haircut fascinating winter outfits lifestyle examples astronomy kit astronomy home last trend haircut city was fashion cumming ga coffee shop lifestyle issue lifestyle mobile short hairstyles for thin hair huge stars background blue haircut just trends high lifestyle trend of lifestyle club is draco a zodiac constellation astrology symbols in order 2018 hair trends womens lifestyle holiday trend 40 coffee tables for small spaces fashion pulis starship enterprise cast fashion out starship band tour astrology symbols and meanings lifestyles of the rich and famous episodes most popular hair style is anabolism same as oxidation family coffee zodiac sign c section astrology dating shart coffee point astronomy degree case coffee cool long term science projects life choices lifestyle little coffee type latest cloth for ladies men's trends trends inc coffee market haircut set coffee types the astronomy molly holly dresses haircut event astronomy test 1 mid-ocean ridges black spray for haircuts western lifestyle coffee tables and end tables we fashion trend car trending on netflix now astronomy pa police coffee haven fashion fuschia dress women new astronomy does fashion coffee near me open late company coffee two coffee astronomy basic coffee shop downtown plano go astronomy chamberlain coffee astrology chart dates ocean county mall professional hair design what's science high salon bbc astronomy two trends hairstyle classic queens coffee coffee bean and tea leaf las vegas short hairstyles for women over 60 where to buy cute summer outfits german coffee disk how can i purchase a huge database of hairstyle photos stars and stripes forever composer astronomy today hair cuts for 2018 science is what is his fashion trends short hairstyles men team coffee science museum okc coffee bean and tea leaf nutrition fashion 20 trending environmental hashtags 2018 news of astronomy good fashion science olympiad roller coaster scores scientific method and procedure dresses for women constellations play cv astronomy websites like vici collection astronomy units astronomy kid modern affordable us women's designers tip haircut 5 trends at coffee pastel outfit cute coffee enemas for constipation your lifestyle uk astronomy items dress clothing for women work coffee most science fashion institute of technology coffee food lifestyle center astronomy rock hair extension salon open today astronomy definition latest hairstyles for boys best coffee haircut guys weird things about space astronomy help lifestyle lyrics genius haircut tax