Some of these reasons may be to find a new hobby to operate a radio transmitter, to be experimenting with radio waves, find good friends, to volunteer for emergency services, public service events, etc. You may find some answers in this inspiring article here
To get on the air with a ham radio may be easier than you think. No knowledge of morse code necessary. There are three Ham License categories: Technician, General and Extra. Ham clubs teach courses on this subject. Click here for more info
There are many local clubs in and around San Francisco East Bay. There is a good chance there is one just near you. For the lists of ham radio clubs and their points of contact click on the Club Corner page here
The K7RA Solar UpdateLatest solar update from 12/29/2023 published on ARRL.org homepage.. Currently, we are in Solar cycle 25, which was predicted to be a weak cycle similar to the previous one. However, the forecast had to be adjusted and the current solar cycle will peak at higher level and sooner than expected.
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Many of the local clubs are involved in doing communications support for various public events. They may include long distance bike rides, bike races, running races, walkathons, a half marathon and local city parades in many beatiful scenic areas such as regional and wilderness parks. Click here for more info
Most of the local clubs offer license testing. Exam sessions are conducted by volunteers working under the direction of the FCC and a Volunteer Exam Coordinator (VEC). There will likely be a charge for taking the exam. The exam fee is set by the VEC and is usually $15 or less. Click here for more info
Amateur Radio may be a hobby, but it can also play a crucial role in providing communications during a disaster when other means may not be available. The critical link in any major disaster is the flow of information. Click here for more info