Jim thanks for the site info! It'll come in handy when planning trips and looking for repeaters that have coverage in those specific areas.
Whats a repeater?
That allows for people to communicate over larger distances.
Click on this Amateur radio repeater link for a very good definition.
drksd63 here's a site with more info about Amateur (HAM) Radio: www.arrl.org
Thanks Keith and RT!
The local Ham club's web site is a little out-dated...does not appear they're very active...
My grandfather got into ham, I never did, I do use a CB when travelling for speed traps
It’s safe to say that most, if not all HAM’s were originally CBer’s. It’s not hard to become an FCC licensed HAM - get the current TECHNICIAN’S TEST study guide and read/study; take some practice exams on the PC; when your confident enough contact the ARRL for a list of test locations in your area, register, take and pass the test. That’s all one needs to do to become an FCC licensed HAM.
Why HAM radio you may ask? Well, not only can you talk around town (REPEATER); or around the world (SKY WAVE); or to the crew aboard the International Space Station; or by bouncing a signal off of the moon, or meteors; or use HAM TV; or fly RC planes; or use Morse code; or keep track of an automobile via APRS – (I’m sure I left stuff out), but you get to help your community in times of calamity or disaster.
During a tornado, a hurricane, or a manmade or natural disaster, you can be assured that HAM’s are there working behind the scenes augmenting local emergency management and relief agency personal using their expertise to keep the lines of communication open and the radio traffic flowing. Two major events where HAMs assisted with the relief efforts were 9/11 and Katrina.
Some of the incidents that I was involved with here in NYC include: 9/11; the crash of United Airlines Flight 587; the ’03 blackout; and Operation Deep Freeze NYC.
There’s a saying: ‘When all else fails…Amateur Radio works’!
Thank you and thank K5EHX. I'm going to see if this comes up on my Palm. If it does, this and the POI repeater files will make my day!
Mike, I don't know if you're a VE, but you should be.
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