Amateur radio, sometimes referred to as ham radio, is a hobby in which FCC Licensed Operators, ("hams") use radio and televsion equipment to communicate with other "amateurs" for public service, recreation and self-training.
Amateur radio operators enjoy personal (and often worldwide) wireless communications and are able to support their communities with emergency and disaster communications when necessary. They also develop their personal knowledge of electronics and radio theory. Nearly 6 million people throughout the world are involved with amateur radio.
The term "amateur" reflects the principle that Amateur Radio and its skilled operators are committed to helping communities without financial compensation; whereas Commercial Radio operates purely for profit.
A) 1) Mike just got his Amateur Radio License. He said it was easy now that there's no morse code needed.
2) Great now he can join us on the band.
B) 1) Did you hear that station last night? It was coming from Australia and it sounded like it was in my living room.