Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Does anyone know what a ham radio is?


Blogger Alisa said...

Yes. Why?

(If the communication world as we know it ever goes up in smoke, we may have to revert to using these.)

4:41 AM  
Blogger Frustrated Writer said...

yup... a radio made up of pork. actually they were the rage in the 60's and you have to be liscensed to use one.

5:24 AM  
Blogger rambouillet said...

nope... enlighten us Alisa!

12:21 PM  
Blogger Alisa said...

The "ham" actually refers to the operator. Ham Radios are amateur radio-ers using short wave length radios and narrow bandwith to communicate. You used to actually have to show proficiency in Morse code to get your license (no more though). If you've ever watched the Christan Slater movie Pump it Up (or is it Pump Up the Volume?) where he has his own "radio" show, that is the best modern example of ham radio.

But anyway, they're the best way of communicating during times where there is lack of ability to use modern communication devices (phones, modems, etc).

The best example I can think of is the french resistance during nazi occupation. They would hide their ham radios, and relay intelligence communications (it had to be relay due to the short wavelength) to those outside of France who needed the intel.

7:33 AM  
Blogger GreatBeefalo said...

Thanks, Alisa! Thats actually exactly what I was looking for.

12:25 PM  

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