Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a hobby for anyone who is fascinated by the magic of radio. It is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions around the world. All kinds of people are amateur radio operators, also known as “hams.” Hams are young, old, men, women, boys, and girls. Kids as young as seven years old have gotten amateur radio licenses and many hams are active into their 80s and beyond.
You never know who you’ll run into on the amateur radio bands: young and old, teachers and students, engineers and scientists, doctors and nurses, barbers and mechanics, kings and entertainers. People from all walks of life are amateur radio operators.