Amateur Radio or (Ham Radio) is certainly a many faceted hobby which is extremely fascinating to me after almost 52 years. I think I first developed an interest in it while hearing my Dad’s little battery-powered Philco radio set. It was the only entertainment that we had in the house at the time but then people did not have to have constant entertainment at that time. Hearing the news every day was a rite of my Dad. He would not miss the news. Then once in a while we would listen to an entertainment program. When I got bigger I would listen to several programs on the week ends, mostly Friday night. I would set out fishhooks in Judy Creek and then hurry back home to listen to the radio programs, Gun Smoke, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergan, Highway Patrol and a few more. After listening to them. I would go back to my catfish hooks. What better evening could a fellow have than listening to the radio and fishing.
Later on, after I married I used to tell my wife, who did not care much for ham radio, that it was much better than going out to the bar and drinking. And the people that you meet there are a cut above. In the early days a ham that you met was never a stranger and If one came to town he always looked up the local ham or hams as the case might be and had an “Eyeball” qso with them over a cup of coffee or maybe even a meal. Ham radio was certainly a close knit fraternity in those days and they helped each other just like family. I think today they are more numerous and that always makes for less friendly situations. An example is people in a big city vs the small town atmosphere. You really wouldn’t go down the street in Manhatten saying howdy to everyone.
One can find more about ham radio at the URL, http://www.arrl.org and in the meantime I think I will go out to the shack and call cq.