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 ==== What do hams do? ==== ==== What do 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 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.+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://​www.eham.net/​newham/​whathamsdo|what hams do]] at eham.net.   * Read more about [[http://​www.eham.net/​newham/​whathamsdo|what hams do]] at eham.net.
  
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     * Study the exam prep materials online. [[https://​hamstudy.org/​|HamStudy.org]] provides explanations to the answers to the questions.     * Study the exam prep materials online. [[https://​hamstudy.org/​|HamStudy.org]] provides explanations to the answers to the questions.
   * Take the exam.   * 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://​www.arrl.org/​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://​wireless2.fcc.gov/​UlsApp/​UlsSearch/​searchLicense.jsp|FCC database]] within a few weeks.     * After passing, your call sign should show up in the [[http://​wireless2.fcc.gov/​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.     * You can start operating as soon as you show up in the FCC database online.
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   * Ebay and other online marketplaces are a useful resource. - [[http://​www.ebay.com|eBay]]   * Ebay and other online marketplaces are a useful resource. - [[http://​www.ebay.com|eBay]]
   * [[http://​swap.qth.com/​|QTH Ham Swapmeet]]   * [[http://​swap.qth.com/​|QTH Ham Swapmeet]]
-  * Hamfests, such as Stone Mountain in the fall and Huntsville Hamfest in the spring, are full ofused ​(and new) equipment and parts. You can also search the ARRL database for hamfests in your area. - [[http://​www.arrl.org/​hamfests-and-conventions-calendar|LocalHamfests]]+  * 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://​www.arrl.org/​hamfests-and-conventions-calendar|LocalHamfests]]
   * [[http://​www.arrl.org/​field-day|Field day events]]   * [[http://​www.arrl.org/​field-day|Field day events]]
  
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   * Learn Morse Code.   * Learn Morse Code.
   * Work on [[:​projects|projects]].   * Work on [[:​projects|projects]].
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