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  1. What’s Amateur RadioAll About? Presented to LARC Basic Ham License Course September 12, 2015 by:Doug Elliott VA3DAE London Amateur Radio Club (LARC)

  2. What is Ham Radio? Amateur radiois both a hobby and a service in which participants ("hams") use various types of radio equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for recreation, self-training and public service <number>

  3. …It’s a hobby… <number>

  4. Do it yourselfAntennas 2 Meter Ham Antenna(No trombones were harmed in the making of this antenna) <number>

  5. … and it’s a Service… Providing communications support for public events: competitions, bike tours, parades … Providing emergency communications in times of disaster, assisting Red Cross, Police, Municipal emergency plans… “When all else fails, there’s Amateur Radio” <number>

  6. Chinese Earthquake – May 12, 2008 Chinese government officials and the news media have recognized that when communications failed after the earthquake, Amateur Radio operators stepped in to provide vital links… …right after the earthquake, "Two ham radio operators drove to the center of the earthquake area and had a repeater set up by the morning of May 13. This repeater enabled the transmission of rescue instructions and status reports, and was a main communication channel for public use…” <number>

  7. ..various types of radio communications Radio Types Portable (fits in your hand) Mobile (fits in your vehicle) Base Station (fits on your desk) Usually, a bigger radio, with a bigger antenna, has more capabilities (and a bigger price tag) <number>

  8. Antenna Sizes Portables ---------- – inches Mobile – Several feet Base Station – 20 to 400 feet <number>

  9. Mobile Radio <number>

  10. Mobile Antennas <number>

  11. Base Station Radio <number>

  12. Base Stations Every ham dreams of having a big tall tower “some day” City dwellers areoften limited to smaller simpler base antennas <number>

  13. More Typical Base Station Antenna <number>

  14. ..various types of radio communications Repeaters – central rebroadcasters that amplify and re-send transmissions Internet Linking – radio > internet > radio <number>

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  20. What is Ham Radio? Amateur radiois both a hobby and a service in which participants ("hams") use various types of radio equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for recreation, self-training and public service <number>

  21. … to communicate with other amateurs <number>

  22. …for recreation and self-training… <number>

  23. …for recreation and self-training… <number>

  24. … and for Public Service <number>

  25. Agencies We Support in London Area <number>

  26. Other Community Support Services <number>

  27. The End We hope we’ve given you a glimpse into the world of Ham Radio. It’s yours to explore, likely for the rest of your lifeWe’d be glad to answer any questions you may have. <number>