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Ham Radio License?
you wanting to get your
to Amateur Radio?
No longer do United States Citizens need to learn the Morse Code to
pass any of the Amateur Radio License Tests for their Amateur Radio License.
You can study to get your entry level Amateur Radio License, the Technician
Class License. With your Technician Class License you can begin
talking with other Ham Radio Operators in your town and help with working
your Ham Radio Club's
special events. Click over to
How to get your Amateur Radio Operator's License
to find many resources to aid you in studying for your ticket to this great
radio service. In just a few days if not weeks you too can begin making
friends from all over the world via Amateur Radio, or maybe just in your
local area chatting with new friends on the 2 meter repeaters.
What is Amateur Radio?
The FCC's definition is; "A radio
communication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication
and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, duly
authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim
and without pecuniary interest." However, ask any "Ham" out there and
you might get as many different answers. Unlike CB Radio, who can only
communicate on 40 channels of a small portion of the 27 MHz section of the
radio spectrum and can only communicate using voice (SSB and AM). Amateur
Radio operators have
10 different bands of frequencies below
30 MHz and can communicate using many different forms including Morse Code,
several different digital modes, television signals, voice modes such as SSB, FM and AM. Many
Amateur Radio Operators use output powers over 1,000 watts.
Amateur radio sets sold today have output powers up to 100 watts while the
CB radio sets, by law, can not be over 12 watts PEP on SSB. If Amateur Radio
were to have a menu on just what you could do with it, that menu would be as large
as a telephone book. As a matter of fact, the ARRL Amateur Radio Handbook is
as large as a telephone book and covers about everything the Radio Ham might
want to use their Amateur Radio Station for. I don't have all night to
explain to you all that Amateur Radio covers and the many many different
methods of communicating. It would take me a year to
share it here on my web site. So if you are wanting to explore Amateur
Radio, purchase the Handbook from my Amazon link you see here, or maybe look
up a local
Amateur Radio Club. You will find that
most Ham Radio Clubs are a friendly bunch and will assist you in getting
your Amateur Radio License.
Attention other Radio Hams who
have a personal web site.
<Get listed here>
Collin County, Texas Skywarn Conference is scheduled for January 21st at the Collin College, Plano Campus.
Over 500 Amateur Radio Operators, First Responders, Emergency Service Providers,
Boy Scouts, members of the general public and our media partners, meteorologist
from KTVT Television in Dallas/Ft. Worth congregated to attend the training
provided by the National Weather Service in the Collin County Skywarn
Conference. Click on the thumbnail to the left to see a large list of thumbnails
of the photographs I took at the conference.
Note this date: January 23rd, 2010. This is the date of the next Collin County
Skywarn Conference. We will gather at about 8:00am for sign-in and the programs
will last until about 4:30pm with a break for lunch. The conference is held at
Collin County Community College Spring Creek Campus
Conference Center. That's it in the top right corner of the
building. Talk-in is on 147.18MHz/PL 107.2Hz. The campus is just east of the
Plano Center where we have HamCom. (I had the flu during the 2009 conference,
of HAMCOM 2009 are now online.
Ham-Com is much more than a Hamfest! The DX community’s
well-planned agenda of speakers and forums drew record crowds. Over 4,000 people
typically attend the two-day event. Ham-Com is one of Amateur Radio’s “must
attend” events. Many interest groups make our line up of programs and feature
events big attractions for diverse groups of Amateur Radio enthusiasts. Go to
- I still have my photo album of HAMCOM
2008 online. HamCom 2010 will be held on June 11 &12 so schedule a
couple of vacation days now.
2012 Ham Radio Fests Hamfest:
San Antonio Amateur Radio Fiesta January
Click to website
Cowtown Hamfest January 20-21, 2012 in
Fort Worth Texas
Click to website
Tri-County Amateur Radio Club's
North Central Texas Emergency Communicators'
Ham-festival - November 10, 2012 - 7:00 AM to NOON, Azle Community Center,
404 W. Main Street, Azle TX 76020
Every year in October held at the Ardmore,
Oklahoma Convention Center, 2401 N. Rockford, Ardmore OK 73401
Click to website
The Biggest Hamfest in TEXAS! June 8 & 9,
2012 - Plano, Texas
Click to website
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