A Link to the Mercury Amateur Radio Association
for Canada, USA
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The Purpose Of This WEB Site
The purpose of this site is to provide material for Canadians, and others, who wish to get their Basic Amateur Radio certification and for others who are already certified to find information that will help them grow.
The name for the site was derived out of my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the reason was because I thought I saw a need for members to become certified so that they could participate as members in the communications wing of their local municipal Emergency Opersations Centers (EOC). I figured that none members may also find the site useful. My ambition was realised. A few members have received their certification and a lot of none members have also received their HAM radio certification. This site provides some training material and links to other places where people have created excellent material that I wanted to make sure you have access too. This site is not an official organ of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There is no financial sponsorship of this web site except my yearly fee I pay for maintaining the internet site name. This site is just to help my fellow Canadians to get into HAM radio and maybe become communications volunteers in their communities.
HAM radio can be a tool as in the communications positions in municipal EOC's and it can also be the beginning of a long and rewarding hobby through which you can make a whole lot of friends. If you are physically handicapped it gives you a way to be mobile in a virtual sort of way, you can talk to people all over the world without leaving your house. If you find yourself becoming a bit hard of hearing you can switch to Morse Code and find that those sounds can be atuned to your remaining hearing capacity and you can link up with people further away with less transmit power.
No matter what, remember that the object is to have some fun. If it's not fun then you are not engaged in it the right way or HAM radio is not a match for you. All the best. Play radio!
Guide to Amateur Radio for New Hams or Those Contemplating Becoming Amateur radio Operators
- Make yourself available as a communications specialist for your local municipal emergency preparedness group.
- Prepare yourself to be a communicator for your ward, stake, or other organization where you can serve with additional useful skills.
- Add ham radio to your repertoir of tools if you are a blue water sailor, for safety and socializing.
- If you are involved in scouts this is a skill that you can possibly use while wandering the wilderness with a bunch of kids (safety), it also helps inspire them to do greater things - it's true. You may want to go a bit further and learn Morse code and use QRP to communicate when deep in the far off exotic locations. QRP is low power radio, just a few watts. Those radios are light to carry but have tremendous punch.
- You can work with your local junior high school counselors to create an enrichment program based on amateur radio. It does wonders for young people who are at the crossroads of life. If you want to know more just contact Radio Amateurs Canada, Youth Education section -
- O/K here's a thought for those of you that may be living in the outback or considering living there, maybe living on a remote spot like a light house or, like me in the past, a remote radio repeater site. Get your amateur certification with high enough qualification to operate on HF. You won't ever regret it. It'll help keep you from getting "bushed". Think that it can't happen? Sure it can, the mind is a delicate thing. Being able to have feedback with a real live body on the other end of a radio link is a real help. Working HF in a remote location may even be a blessing for others wanting to speak to someone in an exotic location. Wow eh!
- Do you have aspirations to travel to exotic lands but can't afford to right now? Make contacts via HF radio. There are lots of people in foreign lands who want to practice their English skills. They'd love to talk to you. I have a friend who did that and he soon found that he had invitations to visit those same places.
A question that does not go away
What does HAM in HAM radio stand for?
No one knows for sure, just lots of bad guesses.
If anyone thinks they have the "right" answer please leave me a message on my blog. Thanks.