What is a ham radioAs I stand up another antenna in the yard I get a lot of strange looks from people passing by wondering just what the heck I am up to and why I need so many antennas and wire strung from tree to tree. Whenever I put up a new antenna, I always wait at least a week before I hook a radio to it so that I can see what sort of complaints I get for RFI or interference. You would be surprised how many times I put a new antenna only to have some neighbor knock on my door blaming me for interference to their broadcast radio or television set.
Over the years the popularity of ham radio has grown even with CB dropping in numbers.
With the CB craze of the 70's and 80's Ham radio was given a black eye. As more and more antennas went up the interference went up as well giving radio operators a bad name. Now when I stand up a antenna my neighbors cringe at the site of it wondering if they will be able to hear my voice coming across their toaster.
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