Ham Radio for ALL

I’m going into my second decade as a Technician class Ham. As I watch the hobby unfold amongst social media and cell phones there are many things I have witnessed when it comes to Amateur Radio accessibility.

First, for those that may think that they cannot get their Amateur Radio License due to disabilities there is a great group out there called ‘HandiHam‘ that works with many disabilities from physical to others (the reason I say others is personally I feel that there is no such thing as a disability but rather many people whom are unable to function as “normal” society have many other ABILITIES that would teach us all a few lessons about life.

Second, and most discouraging of all in the current economy is the finances for ‘radio gear’.  For less than the cost of a ‘full priced’ fancy cellphone such as the famous fruit-brand or even robot models, you can purchase an HT (Handheld Talkie otherwise known as  a ‘handheld’) especially one that (although I wish were 100% American made) is from China without the ‘monthly service fees’. I will say that the majority of my posts will pertain to Ham Radio on a Budget.

Finally, a large reason used to be in regards to learning Morse Code (CW) and/or the technical ‘jargon’ needed to get the license, Well thanks to changes in regulations over the last few years Morse Code is no longer a requirement to obtain any level of license and the technical aspect at least for a Technician class license is not too stringent to learn as there are great resources for practice exams and studying that have been available online for years.

I hope to hear you on the airwaves soon,

73, kd7ltn – Eric W Miller

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Personal Introduction..

My name is Eric W Miller and I am a husband, father, Christian and an Amateur Radio Operator. I plan to keep the majority of my blog posts Amateur Radio related, but there may be a few of personal opinion (well all posts will be of my personal opinion). With all the great resources and many ‘Hams’ utilizing the very social networks there is already alot of information available to people looking for more information about Amateur Radio.

73,

Eric W Miller