HERKIMER, NY – The Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association held a training and information session Monday for anyone interested in Ham Radios.
Ham Radios, or similar devices, can be used to communicate across town, around the world, or even into space.
The radios operate on specific frequencies that are designated by the FCC.
These frequencies are known as amateur bands.
With the advancement of technology, these radios are becoming more portable, and affordable.
Being a Ham Radio operator though comes with a responsibility.
“In the event of an emergency, amateur operators would come to the aid of those in need and help government officials and other organizations with emergency communications,” said Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association member Alan Nicolette.
“But it is a hobby and it is enjoyable and we do many different things.”
You do not need a license to own a Ham Radio, but you do need an FCC license to transmit on one.