Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need. I've chosen to learn more about and participate in amateur radio because I see it as a stepping stone to radio astronomy. Plus, the thought of talking to the ISS over ham radio sounds pretty cool.
The FCC regulates amateur radio use, but the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources. The provide so much for the amateur radio community it's better if you just check out the website instead of me trying to list everything. What I find so cool about ham radio is that there are literally dozens of facets to the hobby, from emergency use training and volunteering to field days and contests to see who can get the most QSOs (contacts). I'm currently in the process of studying for my technician license, but as soon as that's done I'll be posting more about my adventures in ham radio.