Amateur Radio (Often time referred to as Ham Radio), is a long-time hobby of mine. It’s a hobby that spans many areas of interest and ties in with Computers and Tech, Hiking and Outdoors, Competitions, and general fun and entertainment with like-minded folks.
To learn more about Amateir Radio, visit the ARRLs site here: http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio
One of the key notes, is that you must study for and pass at least one exam to be granted a licence by the FCC.
I Got my license in Spring of 2005 after receiving a Kenwood TS-520 from a relative. I had been interested in electronics for some time and that led me to radio communications.
In the late summer of 2005 I did some self-study in electronics textbooks to expand my knowledge and then took a ham class directed by Jill Mohr, KC7ZZY.
I passed my test that April and passed my General exam in March of 2007.
My current setup consists of:
Radios: FT-817nd + Xeigu X1M
Antennas: LDG z817 or MFJ-971 Tuner and a 33′ End-Fed in an Inverted-L format on my ceiling and a homebuilt Magnetic Loop on the balcony.
I also have a variety of homebrew portable antennas for QRP Portable operations, including a multiband 10/20/40 End-Fed and a PAC-12 vertical.
Wouxun UV6X + Twinlead J-Pole
Wouxun UV6X + Dual-Band 1/4 wave
APRS: UV-5R + APRSDROID + 2m 1/4 (Picture)