Amateur Radio is all about Magic! It's
magic to talk to a complete stranger on the other side of the world
while sitting in my chair
Amateur Radio is a never-ending journey, because its aim is
not the destination, but the journey itself. My experience has been
rewarding in many ways, mainly from a human point of view.
I started more than 40 years ago, when I was 15,
and still feel the excitement as it were the first day. That's why I
love ham radio
Amateur radio is a mixture of activities within radio,
including receiving, and or transmitting to other amateur stations
around the world,
Back on 1966 My
Radio Station @ Beit-Zvi Ramat Gan , Receiver : HRO7 two pairs of
813's made a 1 Killowatt AM Power , Antenna was a 2 element Cubical
quad (steering manualy watch the wheel to the map....)
The types of communication, or modes, can be voice, morse
code, slow scan or fast scan tv, and data. At least 95% of countries
in the world allow their citizens to practice the hobby, and all
have a method of licensing and allocation of call signs according to
country. For example in ISRAEL all call signs until recently
commenced with "4X"
In the US
they are "W", "K", or a mixture of these, and so it goes for each
The purpose of the hobby is to promote the
self teaching the art of radio communication, together with
the bringing together of all nationalities, and creeds.
On duty, 1972 - Army Club Station @ Mitzpe Ramon
One of the many features of this hobby is the
ability to use your own home made equipment, whether it be
transmitters, receivers, test equipment, or aerial systems. It gives
great scope for the intrepid experimenter!.
Not only using terrestrial communications, but a
host of satellite links too!. For example TCP/IP is widely used
within amateur radio, at baud rates from 300 baud upto 115 Kbaud,
and higher on the microwave band of frequencies, where the channel
1965 My first home brew equipment made out of junk post WWII surplus on the left Halicrafters S38 Receiver Modified to double conversion
, Mechanical Semiautomatic Bug Morse keyer , Transmiter with pair of
807's Geloso VFO , Crystal Microphone.....
bandwidth permits. In latter years there has been
developments in VOIP ( voice over internet protocol) systems such as EchoLink , EQso,
and as of August 2006 a unique system
simulating rf use in the
internet called QSONET.These combined radio and internet linking systems provided for radio
amateurs by radio amateurs
are an exiting
ongoing development of which must be the
best hobby anyone would wish to
become involved with.