Saturday, October 01, 2005

Put Your Electronics Knowledge to Use: Become a Ham!

Sorry if this sounds a little "sales"ish...

One good way to put electronics knowledge and love to use is to become an amateur radio operator (ham)! This is a very interesting field that allows you to talk to people the world over, assist in emergencies, send pictures, and much much more. This is considerably different from just using a CB radio to talk to people - first, a license from the FCC is required so not just anyone can get on - also, the number of available frequencies and the power allowed on each are consierably greater than anything available without a license.

The best way to get started would be to take some practice tests, read some books, and find a local test time and location. The cost of taking the exam is typically less than $15 and there are only 35 questions, so it shouldn't take more than half an hour.

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