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How to Shake the Winter Blues with Amateur Radio - HAM Radio

How often have you seen a child running to a window and peering out at the falling snow with a big smile and a pumpkin like face. Most children love snow, and the more the better. I know when I was a child I certainly loved the snow, and for two reasons, if often kept me home from School that day, and it made for a very fun day playing in it. As we grow from children into adults we often stop playing in the snow and having such fun, especially if were males, since we have to act the tough and rugged way instead of showing emotions like a child's joy. Those that are lucky enough to have a playful spouse or children, know that this is a bunch of crap. Joy and having fun, is something we all need to experience, a world without laughter and fun would not be a very nice place for anyone.

On them cold winter days if your an adult and you find yourself alone, or with empty time on your hands, why not head to your den, or office where you have your own gateway to the world, no, I am not talking about the internet, I am talking about Amateur Radio or HAM Radio as it's often called. Amateur Radio has been around for years, it is not amateur or simple as the name suggests, but instead it gets it name amateur do to the aspect that its members or operators work outside of a governmental or commercial field.

Amateur Radio is very fun, and it opens up a whole new world to anyone that does it. You can communicate to folks literally  around the world with it, and it has been used in times of natural disasters and even war, to communicate with survivors. Communication is mostly done with voice transmission, like talking on a telephone or to someone in person, but a lot of the more seasoned operators will also chat using a series of codes, and some even use Morse Code to talk back and forth. You often can tell if someone is an Amateur Radio operator because of the large antenna outside their home.

Most newcomers to the Amateur Radio hobby, start by joining a local club or group, if there are none locally you can search the internet, where you will find numerous groups and chat rooms on the subject. You may also wish to purchase and study some books on Amateur Radio for beginners. There are quite a few things that one must become aware of when starting the hobby in their home, such as the type of equipment to use and purchase, antenna, license, getting your stations call sign, fees and other things.

Again, the best way to get started is by joining some local on online groups, and reading books for beginners. It may seem more complicated and overwhelming at first, then it needs to be, as there are an estimated two million Amateur Radio owners and operators around the world. So, why not get started today in the exciting hobby of Amateur Radio, it just may be what you need during them long, cold months, to help shake the winter blues.

There is a website that describes numerous activities and other methods to help eliminate the Winter Blues, this website is called: Winter Activities - and it may be found at this url: http://www.winter-activities.com

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About the Author

Robert W. Benjamin has been involved in weight loss and has been researching the Winter Blues for a few years. He has personally turned his life around at the age of 50, by reducing his body weight from 400 lbs to 185 lbs. If you want to turn your life around, and read other great info and ideas on beating the winter blues, please check out the website below:

Winter Activities


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Frequently Asked Questions...

How far can someone communicate with high frequency ham radio?

I am thinking about upgrading to a General Class ham radio license, and am wondering will I be able to develop worldwide contacts? Is this possible? Can I reach the other side of the globe?


There are a couple of types of propagation that can travel to the other side of the globe. The most likely is called gray line propagation.

I live in N Texas and technically the other side of the globe from me is the ocean but I have made contacts in India, Madagascar, South Africa and Australia. Close enough. Get your general license and get on the air. If at all possible, learn CW. There are constant DX contacts on CW.

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