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The portable and "can-do" nature of Amateur Radio has meant that Amateurs have often been first-responders during or just after major disasters, establishing links using procedures tested during regular "field days" or emergency exercises.
The [[International Space Station]] has an extensive suite of Amateur Radio equipment, as did the Russian MIR spacecraft. Most cosmonauts and astronauts are licensed operators.
Frequency bands and modes of operation include:
* High Frequency (short-wave) through to microwave frequencies;* voice (referred to by ham operators as "phone")* CW (
[[Morse code ]])* facsimile (fax over radio)* television - slow-scan (similar to fax) and fast-scan (as for broadcast TV)* satellites (over 20 operational in orbit)* digital communications (various formats, the most common being PSK31)
==Amateur Radio and Christianity==
Until the widespread advent of [[telephone]] systems and the [[Internet]] in under-developed countries, Amateur Radio was widely used by [[missionary]] groups to communicate with people across the world. The missionaries operated their radios to talk to their home
organsations and pass information to family members.
==Famous Amateur Radio operators and callsigns==
* [[Walter Cronkite]], CBS news anchorman - KB2GSD * Hussein, King of [[Jordan]] - JY1* [[Bhumiphol Adulayadej]], King of [[Thailand]] - HS1A * [[George Pataki]], Governor of [[New York]] - K2ZCZ * [[Barry Goldwater]], Senator (US) (ret) - K7UGA/K3UIG * [[Burl Ives]], singer - KA6HVA* Dr. [[Alex Comfort]], author of "The Joy of Sex" - KA6UXR* [[Donnie Osmond]], entertainer - KA7EVD (lapsed)* [[Marlon Brando]] aka Martin Brandeaux, actor - FO5GJ* [[Chet Atkins]], guitar player - WA4CZD* [[Cliff Richard]] (Harry Webb), singer - W2JOF* [[Joe Walsh]], guitarist for The Eagles - WB6ACU* [[Leon Schlesinger]], creator of Porky Pig
Also== * [[Portable radio]] * [[Amateur radio]] * [[Amateur radio glossary]] * [[Radio communication technologies]]
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==Links: General Organizations==
* [http://www.iaru.org International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)]* [http://www.arrl.org American Radio Relay League (ARRL)] - hobby society body for USA, also involved in lobbying and emergency work* [http://www.wia.org.au Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA)] - the first national Amateur Radio society* [http://www.amsat.org The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation] of North America* [http://www.qcwa.org/ Quarter Century Wireless Association] Organization of hams who have been licensed for 25+ years* [http://www.carf.net Christian Amateur Radio Fellowship]
==Links: Morse Code==
* [http://www.fists.org/ FISTS: International Morse Code Preservation Society]* [http://www.skccgroup.com/ Straight Key Century Club] promotes manually-sent Morse code
==Links: Emergency/Military Communications==
* [http://www.arrl.org/ares ARES] Amateur Radio Emergency Services (branch of ARRL)* [http://www.usraces.org/ RACES] Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (branch of [[FEMA]], activated by the President under [[War Powers Act]])* [http://www.netcom.army.mil/mars/ MARS] Military Auxiliary Radio System (branch of US military)* [http://www.skywarn.org/ Skywarn] (branch of [[NOAA]]/[[NWS]], assists during weather disasters)
* [http://www.oocities.org/SiliconValley/Campus/4400/famous.htm Famous Amateurs]* [http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/news/part97/ FCC Part 97] Rules governing amateur radio.* [http://www.ac6v.com/ AC6V.com] Links and information on the hobby.