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'''Amateur Radio''', also called
by some "ham radio", is a hobby followed by people in most countries of the world, using internationally coordinated, specifically designated, frequency bands. Each country or jurisdiction separately allocates the frequencies and licenses its operators to use specific power levels or modes of communication. They are issued a personal callsign that has letters reflecting their country's international callsign area, a number reflecting the state or region, and letters that particularise the callsign to them. See examples below.
Operators set up their stations normally in their homes, and use antenna systems suitable for their domestic situation. This may limit the frequency bands on which they can operate, as longer wavelength transmissions normally require larger antenna. Also, larger aerial arrays are needed to achieve higher transmission gain on higher frequencies. Vehicle mounted radios and antennas can also be used.
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* 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)
==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
Patacki]], 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
External links ==* [http://www.iaru.org International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)]* [http://www.wia.org.au Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA)] - the first national Amateur Radio society * [http://www.arrl.org American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ] - hobby society body for USA* [http://www. amsat.org The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation] of North America* [http://www. geocities. com /SiliconValley/Campus/4400/famous.htm famous Amateurs]