Amateur Radio ?
[text partly from ARRL Amateur Radio
You have heard of it?
Every minute, of every hour of every day, 365
days a year, radio amateurs all over the world
communicate which each other.
It's a way of discovering new friends while experimenting with
exiting new ways to advance the art of their hobby.
Amateur Radio has the
ability to enhance international relations as does no other hobby.
Amateur Radio is an international hobby enjoyed by millions of private
individuals and clubs for the
purpose of communicating with each other
How else is it possible to talk to an engineer
involved in a space program , a Tokyo businessman,
a farmer in Argentina, a
student in Lebanon, a camper in a German forest or a sailor on board of a
ship in the middle of the Pacific?
And all without leaving your home, without using internet or mobile phone.
Amateur Radio......that's how!
Amateur radio’s more famous members include King Hussein of Jordan, JY1 and
his queen JY2,
King Bhumiphol Adulayadej of Thailand HS1A, King Carlos of Spain,
Senator Barry Goldwater K7UGA/K3UIG, the late Premier Rajiv Gandhi VU2RG
and his wife
Sonia VU2SON, actor Marlon Brando FO5GJ, Astronauts Yuri Gagarin
Cliff Richard W2JOF, Cardinal Roger Mahoney W6QYI, among others.
Also astronauts at International Space Stations belongs to the amateur radio
community and keeps
to amateur radio stations on earth.
Communication via satellite, shortwave and
VHF/UHF/SHF, moon bouncing, meteor scatter, etc.
using Morse code, SSB,
radio teletype, facsimile, slow
scan television, television and more connect
people all over the world........independent from the system of government, religion and culture.
New digital operating modes enlarge the
Many public communication systems are based on
developments by Radio Amateurs.
The first shortwave continental transmissions
were done by Radio Amateurs. At this time governments, technicians and
scientists reject the usage of shortwave for worldwide communications.
Radio Amateurs disprove this wrong judgment.
Radio Amateurs have knowledge to built by
oneself equipment and antenna systems. Considering measures for their
equipment and operating modes to ensure electromagnetic compatibility and fulfill
regulations and laws.
All these knowledge has to be verified in
official examinations for the license.
To operate on shortwave most countries removed
the proof of Morse code knowledge from their examination procedure.
Depending on the license grade and license type
the claim to the technical knowledge increases.
Later with your experience it is always possible
to upgrade you license type for other frequency ranges, transmitting power, operating modes, etc.
If you like to join this worldwide community,
try to find a Radio Amateur in your neighborhood. He can describe you this
hobby in detail and explain you the procedure to get a Amateur Radio License.
And you can search the internet. You will
find tons of information about this interesting hobby.
transmission modes, your antenna and the physical
propagation are the only limits (and of course your license restrictions).
Therewith is communication possible without dependency on commercial
communication systems and interfaces.
With battery operation you are even independent from public power supply.
Newspaper report (in German) of the Austrian flood disaster in
August 2005 and the help of amateur radio stations.