What is Amateur Radio
For more than a century, a growing group of federally licensed radio hobbyists known as Amateur Radio — or “ham radio” — operators has had a front-row seat as radio and electronics have broadened our horizons and touched virtually all of our lives. Hams pioneered personal communication, even in the days before the telephone and household electricity were commonplace and the Internet not yet conceived. The word “radio” — or “wireless” — still evokes awe.
Today we enjoy wireless amenities that range from the ubiquitous mobile phone to sophisticated smartphones, tablet devices, and diminutive netbook PCs that go just about anywhere. Personal communication is the goal. The original “personal wireless” communication, Amateur Radio remains vital and active today.
American Radio Relay League (ARRL) – http://www.arrl.org/
Operating Ethics and Operating Procedures – http://www.arrl.org/operating-ethics / http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/Eth-operating-EN-ARRL-CORR-JAN-2011.pdf