Amateur radio, sometimes referred to as ham radio, is a hobby in which FCC Licensed Operators, ("hams") use radio and televsion equipment to communicate with other "amateurs" for public service, recreation and self-training.

Amateur radio operators enjoy personal (and often worldwide) wireless communications and are able to support their communities with emergency and disaster communications when necessary. They also develop their personal knowledge of electronics and radio theory. Nearly 6 million people throughout the world are involved with amateur radio.

The term "amateur" reflects the principle that Amateur Radio and its skilled operators are committed to helping communities without financial compensation; whereas Commercial Radio operates purely for profit.
A) 1) Mike just got his Amateur Radio License. He said it was easy now that there's no morse code needed.

2) Great now he can join us on the band.

B) 1) Did you hear that station last night? It was coming from Australia and it sounded like it was in my living room.

2) No. What band were you on?

1) 40 Meters. It was clear as a bell.

C) 1) Did you get my text?

2) Yes, it came in a few minutes ago.
von Tomorrow's World 20. Oktober 2009
A FCC licensed radio service to further the radio arts, and promoted good will to others. Amtateur by definition, means to do something without financial interest. This hobby / service is used to same many lives during disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, weather spotting, and the like. It has the ability to talk to people around the world with simple equipment, and without need of infrastructure.
Amateur Radio is a lot of fun to talk to people far away.
von T. L. Peters'' 23. Oktober 2006
Intellectually stimulating hobby enjoyed by men and women, young and old, and people of all cultures. Not just for balding men.

Includes a number of sub-hobbies, including: morse code (CW), digital modes (think chat on the radio), amateur television, even bouncing radio signals off the moon. Endless possibilities.
I've been an amateur radio operator for 15 years, and it's a great way to meet new friends and introduce one another. Don't listen to the haters.
von spatulasaucepan 9. März 2008
A bunch of bald middle aged men. In order to be a female in amateur radio you must be one the males mother, lover, or daughter. The term Om, for old man is supposed to be used but males are always referred to by there call letters. They call woman Yl's as often as they can.
My YL really hates my interest in amateur radio I did however convince my YL to get her call wich is useful to keep up my pile ups when I have to qsy for a dump.
von active radiology 4. September 2006

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