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Hobbies: Ham radio

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Entertainment | Post Date: 2009-07-14

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A ham radio operator is a person who is an enthusiast of wireless communication. The person creates a two way communication around the world from his own radio. There is a great joy in establishing successful contact around the world and communicate to people in other parts of the world.

No one really knows how the name HAM was given to this hobby, but some people say that it is named after the starting alphabets of three great radio experimenters Hertz, Armstrong and Marconi. Ham radio is based on wireless radio technology.

The thrill is unimaginable for people who establish contact with others around the world. Some important aspects of ham radio are:

1. War time: During the war time when there was a communication restriction and all the communication was monitored, some amateur ham operators used to inform details of enemy positions to the allies. This was true during the World wars. This helped many civilians and also the army.

2. During Disasters: During natural disasters when all other communication equipment may be damaged, ham radio operators used to co ordinate the rescue and relief operations at times. This was because of their proximity to the disaster area and also because of their knowledge of local conditions.

3. New Friends: Ham operators used to have friends from all over the world because of their ability to communicate with other ham radio enthusiasts. Some friendships forged through the ham radio have lasted for a lifetime.

4. Recent decline: Though ham radio was a great hobby, with the recent development in the communication industry and the easy availability of cellular phones, the enthusiasm for ham radio has been on the decline. Though this is true, there are many people who still have this as a hobby, because nothing can take away the thrill of talking with an unknown person from a different part of the world.

With the availability of factory made equipments, it became easier for many people to buy equipment rather than assembling one by themselves. This made it become a hobby for millions of people. People from all walks of life were ham radio operators and had it as a hobby.

Some countries have an examination before a person can become a ham radio operator. Still other countries have a minimum age limit for a person to become a ham radio operator. In spite of all the communication developments, ham radio is one of the great hobbies. People still like this hobby and spend a lot of time and money for this hobby.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist by profession. A writer by interest. I take up freelance assignments for various websites and blogs. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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