MCARG: Monterey County Amateur Radio Group


Monterey County Amateur Radio Group


God Bless the USA .....





Ham radio provides the broadest and most powerful wireless communications capability available to any private citizen anywhere in the world.


Why are we called Ham Radio Operators ?

The true reason why amateur radio operators came to be called "HAMS" is no longer known.

I prefer my fathers explanation about the term "HAM":  Hugo Gernsback, publisher of a magazine called "Home Amateur Mechanic" which was very, very popular back in the early days of radio. It was so well know, it was a household word, just as the magazines "People", or "Readerís Digest" are today. Although it was primarily more mechanical in content, it did contain fairly regularly, Amateur Radio construction projects. Thus, when asked what sort of radio a person had, the reply, more often than not, was he: "had one of those "H.A.M." (using just the initials of the well known magazine name.) This theory becomes a bit more believable when you consider the Amateur Radio practice of using just initials or letters for many commonly understood words in order to shorten transmissions and ease sending of messages, especially when using Morse Code. "Home Amateur Mechanic" was simply shortened to H.A.M.


FCC Part 97.1 Amateur Radio Basis and Purpose.

The rules and regulations in this Part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:

(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.

(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communications and technical phases of the art.

(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.

(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill.

FCC Part 97 Amateur Radio Service full text....

How to be a HAM Radio Operator

1. Contact your local HAM Radio Operator.
Send me an email : Contact N6SPD
2. Contact your local Ham Radio Club:
N6SPD, the Monterey County Amateur Radio Group
K6LY, the Naval Postgraduate School Amateur Radio Club
W6TAR, Emergency Communications Through Amateur Radio
3. Study on line.
Ham Radio Exam Sessions and Test Sites
4. Get involved.
Tune into our local nets via a scanner.
Attend your local Ham Radio Club Meetings.
Volunteer to help out at local events.  You don't have to be a Ham to help out...