Amateur "HAM" Radio
Amateur radio, often called Ham radio, is a hobby enjoyed by about six million people throughout the world. An amateur radio operator, also known as a ham radio amateur, uses advanced radio equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training.
Amateur Radio Code of Conduct
The Radio Amateur is: (By Paul M. Segal, W9EEA)
CONSIDERATE..... never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL..... offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.
PROGRESSIVE..... with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.
FRIENDLY..... with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.
BALANCED..... Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC..... with station and skill always ready for service to country and community.
Good Amateur Practice is: (By Riley Hollingsworth)
Giving a little ground--even if you have a right not to--in order to help preserve Amateur Radio and not cause it to get a bad name or hasten the day when it becomes obsolete.
Respecting band plans, because they make it possible for every mode to have a chance.
Not transmitting a 6-kHz bandwidth signal when there are lots of people on the band.
Not acting like an idiot just because you were stepped on.
Being aware that we all love Amateur Radio, and there's no need to damage or disgrace it just to save face.
Keeping personal conflicts off the air. Settle your arguments on the telephone, the Internet or in person. Just keep them off the air.
Cutting a net or a contester a break, even if you don't have to and even if you have no interest whatsoever in nets or contesting.
Operating so that if a neighbor, niece or nephew or news reporter hears you, that person will be impressed with Amateur Radio.
Realizing that every right carries responsibilities, and just because you may have a right to do certain things doesn't mean it's right to do them in every circumstance.
You don't "own" or get preference to use any frequency even though you've been on the same spot every morning for years shooting the breeze with Harry.
Not operating so that whoever hears you becomes sorry they ever got into Amateur Radio in the first place.
I am currently a licensed "General" class Amateur radio operator. For the last 20 years I operated on the "VHF" and "UHF" bands in the Maryland area. My current interest is in APRS, I operate an APRS Digipeater (you can find it here) , as well as an APRS rig in all my vehicles and my boat.
Since upgrading to General class (April 2007) I have discovered HF and Digital operation.
I currently operate with the following equipment:
Icom IC-746Pro "All Mode, HF" Transceiver
Icom IC-7000 "All Mode, HF/VHF/UHF" Transceiver
Icom IC-910H All Mode VHF/UHF Satellite Transceiver
Icom IC-718 "All Mode, HF" Transceiver
RFSpace SDR-IQ "Software Defined Radio" Spectrum Analyzer
Ameritron 811H 800 watt Amplifier
GAP Titan DX Vertical Antenna (80-10 meters)
HomeBrew 4 Band Parallel Cage Dipole (The Monster)
2 Icom IC-2200H (VHF) Mobiles
2 Icom IC-8000 Mobiles (75 Watt VHF) Transceivers (digipeaters for APRS)
Kenwood 733 Mobile Dual Band (VHF/UHF) Transceiver
Kenwood V7A Mobile Dual Band (VHF/UHF) Transceiver
Kenwood 241 Single Band (VHF) Transceiver
Kenwood TM-D710 Dual Band (VHF/UHF) APRS Transceiver
2 Kenwood TH-22's
Tarheel II HF Mobile Screwdriver Antenna
Better RF 7000 Screwdriver Controller