Amateur radio is sometimes called ham radio is the use of several designated radio frequency bands for wireless experimentation and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting or professional two-way radio services. Governments regulate and issue individual stations licenses with an identifying call sign. My call sign is G8VHB.
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According to an estimate made in 2011 two million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio. About 830,000 amateur radio stations are located in north and south America. Followed by South and East Asia and the Pacific Ocean with about 750,000 stations. A significantly smaller number, about 400,000, are located in Europe the Middle East and Africa.
Operations from foreign countries include:
OK/G8VHB, Prague, Czech Republic.
4X/G8VHB, Eliat, Israel.
EA8/G8VHB, Canary Islands.
W2/G8VHB, Maine, United States.
SV1/G8VHB, Greece mainland.
SV8/G8VHB, Santorini Island.
SV9/G8VHB, Create Island.
HV/G8VHB, Vatican City.
I0/G8VHB, Rome, Italy.
F/G8VHB, Carcassone, France.
The amount of output power an amateur radio licensee may legally use varies from country to country. Although allowable power levels are moderate by commercial standards, they are sufficient to enable global communication. I am active from time to time on 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28, 50, 144, 432 Mhz