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Ham radio? Since long-distance telephony has become easy and cheap, why bother?

Ask the people who fight forest fires. Ask the people who responded to Katrina (police, fire, red cross, anyone). Ask anyone involved in a major disaster. Cell phones are just fine until they don't work. Police radios are great, until they don't work due to power outages or whatever.

The Amateur Radio community is made up of a lot of people who are interested in volunteering to help their communities. They have training courses and certifications just like any other voluntary discipline. In many disasters, the hams are the communication suppliers of last resort.

Plus, it's just fun. I recently spent about an hour talking to a guy in Aasiaat, Greenland about his country and city; the whales, dolphins, etc. A couple of decades ago, I listened to the King of Jordan talking to some guys, here in the states. I listened in on the guys in the space station talking to an elementary school class in New Jersey. How else could I get the opportunity to do these things?

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