Hams do lots of things! A few are:
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is the third weekend
every October when Scouts all over the world talk to each other on ham radio.
DX - Lots
of hams like to talk to other hams around the world and collect postcards called QSL cards to prove they did it. It's a great
way to have fun and learn about geography.
are held many weekends when you try to contact as many people from a certain place or in a certain way.
at parades & special events - Ham radio operators are often the best people to help with communication at large community
events, from small carnivals all the way up to the Boston and New York City Marathons.
- Hams are often called on to help during fires, floods, earthquakes, and other disasters. At these times, telephone lines
and cell phone sites are often damaged or overloaded, and ham radio is the only reliable communication.
- National Weather Service uses Hams to report severe weather.
- Some hams hook their computers to their radios so they can send electronic messages, sort of like wireless e-mail.
Camping communications are easy even in the backcountry when you need to get help or
just let the folks back home know how things are going.