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-==== What is Amateur Radio (Ham)? ====+==== What is Amateur Radio? ==== 
 +Amateur (ham) radio is a hobby where people use radios to communicate with each other. An international agreement between the countries of the world has set aside a portion of the radio spectrum for private citizens to use and experiment with. You can transmit on these frequencies after passing a short licensing test. This is different from commercial broadcasting stations, in which both the equipment and the licensing is prohibitively expensive for individuals,​ and citizens'​ band (CB) or other unlicensed services which do not require a license at all to operate in. In return for required licensing and some restrictions,​ amateur radio allows you to do many things that CB or other unlicensed services do not. 
 +  * Read more about [[http://​​newham/​whatis|what is amateur radio]] at
-  * [[http://​​newham/​whatis|What is Ham?]] +==== What do hams do==== 
-  * [[http://​​newham/​whathamsdo|What to Hams do?]]+Amateur radio operators (called hams) operate radio stations and experiment with wireless technology. There are many things you can do with amateur radio. You can remotely control model vehicles, spacecraft, or high-altitude balloons. You can run your own weather station and share the data with other people. You can track vehicles or runners in a race. You can send text messages or emails to people over radio without having a working cell or internet connection. You can talk to people around the world or even on the International Space Station. You can relay your radio signal through a satellite, or reflect it off the moon, or even bounce it off meteor showers and the aurora. You can design, build, and talk to other people using equipment you made. 
 +  * Read more about [[http://​​newham/​whathamsdo|what hams do]] at
-==== How do I get an License ​and callsign? ==== +==== How do I get a license ​and callsign? ==== 
- +  * First locate ​a test center to schedule a test
-  * Locate ​a test center to schedule a test [[http://​​find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session|Link to ARRL test center ]] +    * [[http://​​find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session|Link to ARRL test center ]] 
-  * Study the exam prep materials ​[[http://​|Link to HamStudy]]+  ​* Prepare for the exam. 
 +    * There are three levels of licenses. The first license level is the Technician Class license. 
 +    * The exam is 35 questions long. You need to answer 26 correctly to pass the exam. You **do not** need to learn Morse code. 
 +    * The questions are pulled from a pool of around 400 questions. The questions are published [[http://​​page.php?​id=338|publicly]] for review and study. 
 +    ​* Study the exam prep materials ​online. ​[[https://​|]] provides explanations to the answers to the questions. 
 +  * Take the exam. 
 +    * Bring $15, a pencil, pen, photo ID, and a calculator. A four function calculator should be fine for the technician exam. [[http://​​what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session|The ARRL]] has a list of things you can bring. 
 +    * After passing, your call sign should show up in the [[http://​​UlsApp/​UlsSearch/​searchLicense.jsp|FCC database]] within a few weeks. 
 +    * You can start operating as soon as you show up in the FCC database online. 
 +    * Your paper license will arrive in the mail later.
 ==== Where can I find used equipment? ==== ==== Where can I find used equipment? ====
- +  ​Ebay and other online marketplaces are a useful resource. - [[http://​|eBay]]
-  ​* [[http://​|eBay]]+
   * [[http://​​|QTH Ham Swapmeet]]   * [[http://​​|QTH Ham Swapmeet]]
-  * [[http://​​hamfests-and-conventions-calendar|Local Hamfests]]+  * Hamfests, such as Stone Mountain in the fall and Huntsville Hamfest in the spring, are full of used (and new) equipment and parts. You can also search the ARRL database for hamfests in your area. - [[http://​​hamfests-and-conventions-calendar|LocalHamfests]]
   * [[http://​​field-day|Field day events]]   * [[http://​​field-day|Field day events]]
 ==== How do I make my first contact on air? ==== ==== How do I make my first contact on air? ====
   * Buy or borrow a club transceiver (see above for used equipment)   * Buy or borrow a club transceiver (see above for used equipment)
   * When your callsign is in the FCC database you can make your first contact - [[http://​​UlsApp/​UlsSearch/​searchLicense.jsp|Link to search for your callsign]]   * When your callsign is in the FCC database you can make your first contact - [[http://​​UlsApp/​UlsSearch/​searchLicense.jsp|Link to search for your callsign]]
   * Review this page for information proper radio etiquette - [[http://​​newham/​operating|Link to Newbies Ham Guide]]   * Review this page for information proper radio etiquette - [[http://​​newham/​operating|Link to Newbies Ham Guide]]
-  * [[https://​​k4ry/​lib/​plugins/​ckgedit/​fckeditor/​userfiles/​file/​ham-area_repeater_cheatsheet.xlsx|List of local repeaters/​frequencies/​access methods]]+  * Get on nets and meet other hams! [[https://​​k4ry/​lib/​plugins/​ckgedit/​fckeditor/​userfiles/​file/​ham-area_repeater_cheatsheet.xlsx|List of local repeaters/​frequencies/​access methods]]
 +==== What do I do next? ====
 +  * Participate in [[:​wiki:​contests|contests]].
 +  * Log DX contacts and go for the [[http://​​dxcc|DXCC award]], or just say hi to people around the world.
 +  * Collect QSL cards.
 +  * Try to contact every state and go for the [[http://​​was|Worked All States]] award.
 +  * Learn Morse Code.
 +  * Work on [[:​projects|projects]].
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