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What is Amateur Radio?
Amateur Radio, also known as "ham radio", is an exciting & fun hobby involving radio and communications. But that's not all! Ham radio encompasses a vast range of activities including:
  • talking and making friends around the globe
  • electronic and computer technology
  • emergency and public service communications
  • contesting and awards
  • weather spotting
  • satellite and space station communications
  • and many more.
Amateur Radio is supported and encouraged by national organizations such as the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and hundreds of local groups like the Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club (NKARC).
Please click on any of the links below to find out more about this fascinating hobby.
Amateur Radio is not Citizens Band (CB), the Family Radio Service (FRS), or the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). However, it is open to anyone, and has much more potential. To become a ham radio operator you must first pass a written exam in order to obtain a license and station call sign issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Amateur Radio license study material may be found in libraries, book stores or online. For example, The Ham Radio License Manual by the ARRL. Also, free online study and practice exam sites exist such as:
The NKARC offers free Amateur Radio license testing, usually immediately preceding each regular, monthly club meeting. Our club is open to anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio, licensed or not. If you are already a ham, please join us at our next meeting. If not, come and learn how to become a ham. Also, please check out NKARC on Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo Groups.
Everyone is welcomed at NKARC!
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