A Brief History of Ham Radio

Radio communication has been around since the late 1800s when Heinrich Hertz provided evidence for the existence of electromagnetic waves. This was picked up by Italian electrical engineer and inventor Guglielmo Macroni who helped spawn a revolution in telecommunications that allowed long-distance messages to be instantly sent and received wirelessly. These innovations provided the foundation for what would become the cherished hobby known as American Ham. “Ham” radio, as it’s called, involves the use of amateur radios to communicate for entertainment purposes, rather than for advertising or broadcasting.
There is a designated frequency range reserved for amateur radio enthusiasts between 3 kHz to 300 GHz. There are no restrictions or regulations governing the purchasing of amateur radio equipment or the use of ham radios for listening purposes. However, in order to transmit on ham radios, an FCC license must be obtained. This differs from CB radios, in that CB radios do not require a…