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Feb 1, 2019. If you have any questions regarding repairs or programming services,
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What is Amateur Radio?
Amateur radio (also called Ham Radio) describes the use of radio frequencyspectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radiosport, contesting,
and emergency communication. The term "Amateur" is used to specify "a
duly authorised person interested in radioelectric practice with a
purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;" (either direct monetary or other similar reward) and to differentiate it from Commercial Broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).
The amateur radio service (amateur service and amateur-satellite service) is established by the International Telecommunication Union
(ITU) through the International Telecommunication Regulations. National
governments regulate technical and operational characteristics of
transmissions and issue individual stations licenses with an identifying
call sign. Prospective amateur operators
are tested for their understanding of key concepts in electronics and
the host government's radio regulations. Radio amateurs use a variety of
voice, text, image, and data communications modes and have access to
frequency allocations throughout the RF spectrum to enable communication across a city, region, country, continent, the world, or even into space.
Amateur Radio is officially represented and coordinated by the International Amateur Radio Union
(IARU), which is organized in three regions and has as its members the
national amateur radio societies which exist in most countries.
According to an estimate made in 2011 by the American Radio Relay League, two million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio. About 830,000 amateur radio stations
are located in IARU Region 2 (the Americas) followed by IARU Region 3
(South and East Asia and the Pacific Ocean) with about 750,000 stations.
A significantly smaller number, about 400,000, are located in IARU
Region 1 (Europe, Middle East, CIS, Africa).