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The Ham Radio Podcast

The Ham Radio Podcast (produced by KQ4AYH) mixes radio, talk and music to educate the general public and Generation Z (our younger generation) about what amateur radio operators do.  Many are unaware that there are about seven (7) million licensed amateur radio operators worldwide, referred to as "Hams", with about 700,000+ licensed operators located in the United States.  The government agencies of each continental country regulate and license amateur radio operators.  In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates and grants license privileges in accordance with 47 C.F.R., Part 97.

The mediums used for The Ham Radio Podcast has been created to bring awareness and a behind-the-scenes look at the effortss ofnamateur radio operators highlighting their diligent efforts of volunteerisum and training devoted throughout the year to help provide public safety in disaster relief and emergency communications. 

A secondary goal is to inspire licensed (and future licensed) operators to participate in public service with their local ARES/RACES groups (such as found in Broward County, Florida with Broward County ARES/RACES) for aiding assistance during natural disasters (and even breaches related to cybersecurity intrusions) that threaten and impede governmental and municipality communication infrastructures that relay on those systems for emergency communications in relaying traffic to First Responders rendering aid to the general public.

In recent times (as with Hurricane Michael in Northern Florida and Hurricane Ian in North Port, Florida) history has demonstrated that during natural disasters (i.e., hurricanes, tornados, floods and earthquakes) traditional communication infrastructures become inoperable.  When these catastrophic events occur, amateur radio operators, at their own expense and time, answer the call of duty and ready for deployment (at a moment's notice) with self-supporting emergency radio communications and emergency power gear (called "GoKits") in to aid First Responders with providing aid to community and country. 

It is hoped our platform will empower people (or enhance skillsets already developed) with radio communication skills that may lead to professional related careers in law enforcement, fire, medical, government, security, towing, transportation, space, railroad, aviation, maritime, construction, utility, military and private sector careers.

Amateur radio operators are licensed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by studying, taking a basic radio proficiency communications exam, making application to the FCC and paying a small fee (of about $35). History demonstrates that the FCC has licensed operators as young as 9-years of age.

Upon being granted a station operator privilege, part of the FCC regulations requires that a licensed ham to be bound by what is coined a ''Patriotic Oath' to be "...always ready to service community and country..." when called upon.

Amateur radio operators in public service, if not already serving in an official capacity within their professional careers, are usually non-sworn citizen volunteers who provide relief efforts in emergencies (when called upon) at their own expense, without any financial gain, and are prohibited by federal regulation from receiving compensation related to their public service duties.

To learn more, visit the national voice at American Relay Radio Association (ARRL), a charitable 501(C) organization that has been at the forefront and the voice of amateur radio operators and legislation.

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