Ham radio is the use of a certain spectrum of radio frequencies for private recreation, non-commercial talk, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication.  The term "amateur" is used to describe those interested in the hobby with no expectation of financial gain.  A ham radio field day is being held next weekend, June 22 & 23 in Bethalto.

Ham radio is not just a hobby, as many operators play a vital role in emergency communications.  A good example is the information relayed during the May 31 tornado outbreak.  John Nell is a ham radio operator, and says he became interested as a child shortly after being given a transistor radio as a birthday present.

Nell comments

The upcoming open house will allow you to get on the air and speak with other amateurs in the U.S. and Canada.  Go to St. Louis Regional Airport and look for the administration building next to the control tower.  The 24-hour endurance test starts at 1pm that Saturday and wraps up at 1pm the following day.  If you would like more information, call 402-0462, or follow the e-mail link: k9ham@k9ham.org

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