Joys of Amateur Radio
license . . . ah, freedom! But you have to wait until youre
and then you are still limited in where you can go and how fast
you can get there, and you have responsibility for tires, gas, insurance,
etc. Its not all fun.
theres another kind of license. . . one that will allow you to
go to the other side of the country or overseas. Or to the moon or a
space stationand youll be going at the speed of light!
more, even if the power goes out—and you have no computer, no
video games, no TV, no phone service—you could still be talking
to people all over the world and you could also be helping with emergency
assistance during something like a power outage.
to the world of amateur radio. There are people at their own radio
stations all over the world, with radios, big and small, who arent
limited to listening to that little section on the FM dial. With their
receiver and transmitter (and license), they can listen and talk
to people as far away as the space station—and beyond, once there
are people beyond the space station. And you can, too.
catch? Just as with a drivers license, you have to take a test
to get your amateur radio license, but its a test on information
youll be excited to learn because it will allow you to operate
a radio and to know what youre doing.
are lots of people who can help you get started, such as NIMHs Andy
Mitz (call sign WA3LTJ) of W3NIH, our very own radio
club—the NIH Radio Amateur
Saletta (NINDS) operates one of the Emergency Communications Center
radio club operates the Emergency Communications Center at NIH; its
housed on the third floor of Building 11, the power plant. And thats
where the group meets the first Saturday of each month.
can be reached by phone at 301-402-5573 or e-mail.
on how to apply for and get an amateur radio license can be found at
Communications Commission website.
the best site for information, according to Andy, is the American
Radio Relay League.