If you’ve come here after seeing my business card and had wondered, “What is this guy doing?,” then you’ve come to the right place. You may have seen my car at an exhibition or perhaps operating at a State or National Park. Amateur Radio, commonly referred to as “ham radio,” is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during emergencies.
My favorite ham radio pastimes include Parks on the Air (POTA), event support, communications exercises, and various discussion networks, called “nets.” I routinely act as net control station for Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club’s daily Coffee and Radio net. I’m also beginning to explore VHF contesting. Click here to read about my current mobile setup; Click here to read about my VHF contest rover build.
Here are a few Amateur Radio links:
American Radio Relay League (ARRL) – The largest membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in the USA. The ARRL represents the interests of amateur radio operators before federal regulatory bodies, provides technical advice and assistance to amateur radio enthusiasts, supports a number of educational programs, and sponsors emergency communications service throughout the country.
Bicycle Mobile Hams of America – Combine cycling with Amateur Radio.
QRZ – The Internet’s most popular Ham Radio database. Features call sign lookup, ham biographies, and links to individual sites.
W5YI is an outstanding source of information for those interested in Amateur Radio.