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