Tim McGillen, President of The Lake County Amateur Radio Club W9LJ uses a keyer to send Morse code across the world. Jim Karczewski/Post-Tribun
Anyone can use a cellphone to chat with someone else in the country or, for that matter, anywhere in the world. And anyone can use the Internet for the same purpose.
However, not everyone can use an amateur radio – better known as a “ham” radio – to pull off such a feat.
This can still involve several factors, such as location of the sun, sun-spot flare-ups, bandwidth openings, severe weather, satellite positions, ionization levels, the time of day, and the propagation of atmospheric levels, among other things.
This is the art, the science and the continuing fascination behind ham radio usage.
“Making a rare or difficult contact with someone, or making something work that is a challenge. It’s a good adrenaline rush, just like gaming,” said Tim McGillen, program chairman for the Lake County Amateur Radio Club.
McGillen likens ham radio use to fishing, meaning you don’t always know what, or who, you will catch…..READ MORE