Amateur radio (Aka: Ham Radio) is both a hobby and a service in which participants, called “hams”, use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public services, recreation and self-training. Amateur radio operation is licensed in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission.
Modes of operation include: Voice (SSB, AM, FM), Morse Code, Radio Teletype, Voice Over IP (Internet), Packet Radio, Amateur Television, Satellite and others using a broad spectrum of frequencies. Activities include: practice emergency communications, “Fox hunting”, contesting, antenna design, QSL card collecting, DX’ing (long distant communitions, expeditions, low-power operation, moon-bounce, high speed telegraphy, home brew radio gear, and many more.
If you’re interested in learning more about this hobby, visit The Lodi Amateur Radio Club’s website for information on membership, meeting times and club activities.
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