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Rick Blythe
Rick Blythe VE3CNU

The Radio Hobbyist follows me, a ham radio operator (VE3CNU) as I test various gear out in different situations, comparing one radio against another, or making recommendations for radio equipment and methods. Videos range from Ham Radio to shortwave and action-band scanning, with a little Utility DXing thrown in too. Lots of exclusive stuff, and the occasional cat.

I was licensed in 1992 in Canada, and have the highest level of license one can attain. Advanced with code.

Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is the use of radiofrequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radiosport, contesting, and emergency communication. The term “amateur” is used to specify “a duly authorized person interested in radioelectric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;” (either direct monetary or another similar reward) and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).

My Ham Shack
My Ham Shack

The amateur radio service (amateur service and amateur-satellite service) is established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) through the Radio Regulations. National governments regulate technical and operational characteristics of transmissions and issue individual station licenses with a unique identifying call sign, which must be used in all transmissions.

VE3CNU QSL card
VE3CNU QSL card

Amateur operators must hold an amateur radio license which is obtained by passing a government test demonstrating adequate technical radio knowledge and legal knowledge of the host government’s radio regulations.

Radio amateurs are limited to the use of small frequency bands, the amateur radio bands, allocated throughout the radio spectrum, but within these bands are allowed to transmit on any frequency using a variety of voice, text, image, and data communications modes. This enables communication across a city, region, country, continent, the world, or even into space.

Flex Maestro
Flex Maestro

In many countries, amateur radio operators may also send, receive, or relay radio communications between computers or transceivers connected to secure virtual private networks on the Internet.

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