Amateur Radio

What Hams Do

Talk with others, local or long-distance (DX) by Voice, Morse code or Digital mode

DXpeditions (travel to and work from foreign countries)

Low-power contacts (QRP)

Exchange QSL cards with other stations

Out of earth's atmosphere

  Satellite contacts
  Chat with ISS astronauts
  Moon Bounce communications (EME)
  Contests, Awards and Special Events

Acquire ham radio awards (worked all states (WAS), worked all  continents (WAC), and others

Contests (see how many stations you can contact)

Special event stations (historical / other events)

Maintain repeater

Internet / ham radio contacts

  Propagation beacons
  Off grid / emergency power

Kit Building your own radios, antennas and other equipment

Service to Community Events

  Emergency preparedness, emergency communications

Public service (marathons, bike rides,etc.)

  Observations for National Weather Service (NWS)

Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS)


Ham radio email via pskmail or winmor

Radio Control (RC) model craft

Amateur Radio Club Membership

Video Imaging

  SSTV (Slow Scan Television), still images

ATV (Amateur Fast Scan Television), live video