Most people have a hobby or an interest that they enjoy in their off time from work. Some fish and hunt, others go bowling and play pool. I enjoy some of these but I also enjoy my “Ham” radio.
Going back to when I was a kid communications in its many ways was an interest. And looking back now at my age, wow has it changed.
According to history the man most spoken of, recognized as the founder of Ham-Amateur radio was “Marconi”. However it was in premature, early stages due to another man named Telsa. However little really is found in the history books about him. The credit generally lies with Marconi.
Ham was founded in the 19th century. The first amateur radio association book was published in 1909. The term “ham” operator was a pejorative. It was used to describe amateur radio operators in mockery.
Ham radio has gone through its cycles. It has faded to a degree however there are still many loyalists.
Now being in the 21st century,through technology, internet, engineering,etc. it still has a strong hold. Things have been done to make it possible for operators to communicate worldwide from their living rooms. This is done through repeater systems. Many clubs have been formed, weekly on air meetings are conducted. Annual contests are done. Ham radio has many values from the general hobbyist to emergency situations.
I’m a ham operator, and I have a few friends that are also. I simply turn mine on and wait to say hi to an operator broadcasting. Just simple enjoyment for me. One of my best friends is a heavy weight ham. He participates in contests,belongs to organizations. He’s taught me a lot.
So for now everyone 73! 🙂