HAM Information

Here you will find help to become a Ham, and enjoyable information about the hobby.


DO YOU WANT TO BE A HAM?

Amateur (Ham) radio is a rare hobby that opens a new world of opportunities for fun, education and to be of unique value in emergencies.  A great place to find an overview of Ham radio is at this link.  What is Ham Radio? 







What kind of Ham experience appeals to you?

You can have a great experience and talk all around the county, or even the world, with a simple handi-talki (HT) like this.


Or you can play with all the technology you have curiosity for, like this.

Or anywhere in between.  It's your choice.  Fun folks are everywhere.


Have you ever wondered why radio amateurs are called "HAMS"?

The word "HAM" as applied to 1908 was the station CALL of the first amateur wireless station operated by some amateurs of the Harvard Radio Club. They were ALBERT S. HYMAN, BOB ALMY and POOGIE MURRAY. At first they called their station "HYMAN- ALMY-MURRAY". Tapping out such a long name in code soon became tiresome and called for a revision. They changed it to "HY-AL-MY", using the first two letters of each of their names. Early in 1901 some confusion resulted between signal from amateur wireless station "HY-ALMU" and a Mexican ship named "HYALMO". They then decided to use only the first letter of each name and the station CALL became "HAM".

In the early pioneer days of unregulated radio amateur operators picked their own frequency and call letters. Then as now, some amateurs had better signals than commercial stations. The resulting interference came to the attention of congressional committees in Washington and Congress gave much time to proposed legislation designed to critically limit amateur radio activity.

In 1911, ALBERT HYMAN chose the controversial WIRELESS REGULATION BILL as the topic for the Thesis at Harvard. His instructor insisted that a copy be sent to Senator DAVID L. WALSH, a member of one of the committees hearing the Bill. The Senator was so impressed with the Thesis that he asked HYMAN to appear before the committee. ALBERT HYMAN took the stand and described how the little station was built and almost cried when he told the crowded committee room that if the BILL went through they would have to close down the station because they could not afford the license fee and all the other requirements which the BILL imposed on amateur stations. 

Congressional debate began on the WIRELESS REGULATION BILL and little station "HAM" became the symbol for all the little amateur stations in the country crying to be saved from the menace and greed of the big commercial stations who didn't want them around. The BILL finally got to the floor of Congress and every speaker talked about the "....poor little station HAM." That's how it all started. You can find the whole story in the Congressional Record. Nation-wide publicity associated station "HAM" with amateur radio operators.

From that day to this, and probably until the end of time in radio; and amateur is a "HAM."   


How did Ham call signs come to be?

Our call signs are unique to each of us, and become part of who we are.
  In Ham activities they define us more than our names do.  But have you ever wondered how they came to be, and why yours is different than older call signs, or international call signs?  It wasn't the simple story you may have thought.  In fact it was amazingly complex.  At this link is a great article that gives you all the wonderful call sign history.  CLICK HERE


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