Well I finally decided to bring back and old hobby: Amateur Radio! It’s been many years since I have really been into it, but now that I have a new-born little guy it will be a few months before the family can go out again on full-blown adventures. I figured I would bring the adventures to us! I wanted to give a quick explanation of this exciting hobby, and post a few articles on how you and your kids can get involved. Believe it or not, the cost of Amateur Radio as a hobby over the past few years has really come down as the technology has improved. So how can you get involved immediately? This weekend Amateur Radio Operators all over the world will be hosting Field Day which gives the general public a chance to roll up their sleeve and make a few contacts!
So what exactly is Amateur Radio? In a nut shell, it’s kinda like how it sounds.. Amateur, every day individuals using a radio to talk to other people. It’s a very social hobby, and much of the excitement of making a radio contact with someone else is how you do it. For example, you could potentially talk to someone just a few blocks away using one type of radio, or you might even talk to someone across the glob using another type. Some folks believe that the internet has really diminished this exciting part of the hobby, but as someone who grew up with both, they compliment each other quite nicely. Amateur Radio operators must be licensed by the FCC, and there are rules that must be followed including what can and cannot be said over the air. This makes it a very family friendly hobby, and should not be confused with the CB radios that you may imagine with the foul language and trucker talk. Continue reading