How You Can Talk To An Astronaut From Home

Ham radio is an amateur radio broadcasting system, but how exactly does it work? And how far can a ham radio reach?

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You Can Talk to the ISS With Nothing But a Ham Radio
http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a16799/ham-radio-contact-iss/
“Adrian Lane of Gloucestershire, England, got in touch with the International Space Station the other day. Thanks to impeccable timing and a prime location under the ISS’s path above the Earth, Lane was able to have a brief conversation with space station’s crew via ham radio.”

US Amateur Radio Numbers Reach an All-Time High
http://www.arrl.org/news/us-amateur-radio-numbers-reach-an-all-time-high
“Amateur Radio growth in the US continues to soar. At the end of 2014, the total number of radio amateurs in the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) database reached an all-time high of 726,275. The trend has continued in the first 2 months of 2015, which saw the ham population rise to slightly more than 727,000.”
Why Ham Radio Is Still Handy
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/75830.html
“In New York City, a loosely organized national group called “Amateur Radio Emergency Service” (ARES) was activated within five minutes of American Flight 11 crashing into the north tower, the first attack. Private, non-government radio operators, called “Hams” or “Amateur Radio Operators” worked in shifts for two weeks.”

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